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KRG expert committee ready to talk budget concerns with Baghdad

By Rudaw 14/11/2017
Ministerial and parliamentary representatives of the KRG met on Tuesday to discuss Iraq’s draft 2018 budget. Photo: KRG
Ministerial and parliamentary representatives of the KRG met on Tuesday to discuss Iraq’s draft 2018 budget. Photo: KRG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ministerial and parliamentary representatives described Iraq’s draft 2018 budget as “unclear and unconstitutional” after a meeting on Tuesday. 

“The government has numerous notes on the draft and has prepared its own report on this matter. An expert legal and economic committee will accompany the delegation that will go to Baghdad to hold talks,” read a statement released by the parliament after the meeting. 

The parliament’s deputy speaker Jaafar Imniki, secretary of the parliament Begard Talabani, the parliament’s economic, finance and investment committees met to discuss the budget law with the secretary of the KRG’s Council of Ministers Dr. Amanj Rahim and deputy finance minister Rabar Sidiq.
 
Describing the draft budget bill as “unclear and unconstitutional,” the statement highlighted concerns over Baghdad’s decision to slash the Kurdistan Region share by a quarter, allocating just 12.6 percent, down from 17 percent. 

The statement did not detail plans for a visit to Baghdad, but it hints that the KRG is making preparations for talks with the central government. If and when such a trip takes place, it will be the first public talks on a political level between the two capitals since Kurdistan’s independence vote. 

Military talks have been held between the Peshmerga and Iraqi armed forces. 

Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 14/11/2017
As far as, according to their words and deeds, statements and actions, Baghdad obviously demonstrates its absolute disrespect for the constitution, for the sovereign rights of the People and the authorities of Kurdistan, then what is the reason for negotiations on some different issues, in particular Iraqi budget. Negotiations must be held only in order to discuss the full-scale agenda of bilateral relations, political, legal, financial, territorial and military matters between Iraq and Southern Kurdistan. Erbil’s statements must have absolute unambiguous and clear interpretations for Baghdad and for the whole world, especially for appropriate world powers, leading states and some regional neighbor-countries. Erbil should demonstrate decisiveness, decisiveness and again decisiveness in words and deeds, statements and actions on the lead.
non expert | 15/11/2017
Expert? Kurds do not need experts to go to Baghdad to throw themselves at Abadi's feet. Preparing to go to Baghdad to beg is only deepen the the agony of the Kurdish nation. Kurds don't need a negotiator. Kurds need a man who can stand tall against all odds for the dignity of his nation. Kurds must stop wimping and stop saying that they have no friend except the mountain. Kurds must look at their own surrounding and make themselves as true friends with whom they shall live and die. If you want friend, don't look outside; look inside first. Kurds must stop auctioning each other and sell each other to the highest bidder.
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