Kurdish President Warning Kurds May not Mediate to Solve Iraqi Conflicts

Masoud Barzani, President of Kurdistan Region, warned this week that Kurds may no longer play the mediator role in solving Iraq’s Shia-Sunni issues. ”The bases upon which the current government was formed are not being respected.” The current government was formed to reinforce true partnership, comply with Iraqi Constitution, and resolve disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, Barzani revealed, according to Alsumaria TV .

The Kurdish leadership have had a significant role in solving Iraqi Shia-Sunni conflicts as well as forming coalition governments in the past decade. “The current government was formed to reinforce true partnership, comply with Iraqi Constitution, return balance to state institutions, and resolve disputes between Erbil and Baghdad,” Barzani said in a statement issued on the sidelines of his meeting with representatives of Arab and foreign diplomatic missions in Kurdistan. “We tried to play the mediator’s role to solve all Iraqi issues,” Barzani added noting that Kurds are not obliged to maintain their position especially that the Iraqi Shia-Arab government isn’t observing by aforementioned bases.

“Political process in Iraq is currently going through the biggest crisis since 2003,” Barzani admitted. “We are expecting a general meeting to find solutions for problems and to set mutual trust as our primary goal, because the current crisis is simply exceptional,” he said.

“We praise Iraqiya bloc’s step as to returning to parliament,” Kurdish President said and hoped that it would constitute the beginning of a new stage in resolving the Shia-Sunni issues and the Sunni lawmakers return to Parliament would pave the way for the success for the upcoming meeting.

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