Barzani will not boycott national conference, says official

11/01/2012 14:49 ERBIL, Jan. 11 (AKnews) – The President of Kurdistan Region will not boycott the national conference if it is held in Baghdad, says his chief of staff, but he will send his representative in his stead.

Fouad Hussein’s statement come after he said yesterday that Barzani will not participate in the national conference that is expected to bring political leaders together to solve political contention in Iraq.

Since a Kurdish leader, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, called for the conference there has been a disagreement over where to hold the conference, Erbil or Baghdad. Kurds and the Sunni-backed Iraqiya List support holding the meeting in Erbil, other mainly Shiite forces want it to be held in Baghdad.

“Not attending the meeting does not mean that he is boycotting it,” Hussein said. “Because boycotting is not one of Barzani’s practices”

He will send his representative to the conference if the date of the conference and location are set.

By Rebin Hasan