The Kurdish government said in its statement on Monday that it believed in dialogue for a peaceful solution to all disputes with Baghdad.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdish government in Erbil said on Tuesday that it respects a ruling by Iraq’s Federal Court that Iraq is a parliamentary and democratic republic with the constitution as the guarantor of its unity, saying it could become the basis for dialogue.
The KRG said in a statement: “We believe that this Decision must become a basis for starting an inclusive national dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve all disputes through implementation of all constitutional articles and in a way that guarantees all rights, authorities and status mentioned in the Constitution, since this is the only way to secure the unity of Iraq, as Article 1 stated.”
Iraq’s Council of Ministers asked the Federal Court on November 5, to make a ruling on the Kurdish independence referendum of September 25 to which the Court replied that the constitution did not allow any part of the country to separate from Iraq.
“The Republic of Iraq is a federal, independent and fully sovereign state in which the system of government is parliamentary and democratic republic, and this Constitution is a guarantor of the unity of Iraq.” read the ruling from the Federal Court.
The Kurdish government said in its statement on Monday that it believed in dialogue for a peaceful solution to all disputes with Baghdad and welcomed any initiative in this regard.
“As we, in the Kurdistan Region, have always emphasized on finding solutions to disputes between the federal Authorities and the Kurdistan Region through constitutional and legal means, and based on our known position which welcomes all relevant initiatives, especially the initiatives by the Grand Ayatollah Ali Al- Sistani, Iraqi dignitaries and friendly countries to the Iraqi people regarding addressing disputes on the basis of the Constitution, we respect the interpretation of the Federal Supreme Court of the First Article of the Iraqi Constitution.”