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Time for ‘thorough review’ of Erbil-Baghdad relations, says Masoud Barzani

By Rudaw 19/5/2018
KDP president Masoud Barzani. File photo: Rudaw
KDP president Masoud Barzani. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – President of the KDP, which came out top of the Kurdish parties with 25 seats in the Iraqi parliament, said he hopes for a “thorough review” of relations between the regional and central governments. 

“Now that the elections for Iraq’s Council of Representatives [parliament] have been conducted and completed, it is my sincere hope that the Erbil-Baghdad relations will undergo a thorough review in pursuit of a mutually beneficial path,” tweeted Masoud Barzani on Saturday morning. 

“After nearly a century of injustices, it is imperative that Baghdad begins to fathom our righteous cause,” he continued, pledging a commitment to dialogue in order to reach a solution. 

Relations between Erbil and Baghdad plummeted when Kurds voted for independence from Iraq for the Kurdistan Region and the disputed territories last fall. Barzani had championed the independence referendum during his tenure as president of the autonomous Kurdistan Region. 

Baghdad and the international community rejected the vote and the fall out exacerbated rifts between Kurdish parties who went into the Iraqi parliamentary elections divided. 

Kurdish parties have collectively secured 58 seats.

“If the political entities of Kurdistan remain united, then we will succeed at protecting our people’s rights,” Barzani said. 

Related: In victory, Sadr tells Iraqis 'We will not disappoint you'


Muraz Adzhoev | 19/5/2018
It’s time to start the political nigotiating process on the legal recognition of the convincing outcome of the self-determination Referendum between Erbil and Baghdad in order to resolve territorial disputes and to establish good-neighborly bilateral relations between Iraq and sovereign independent Southern Kurdistan. The fact is that the Iraqi federation has already tragically and catastrophically failed and it is obvious that there are no necessary historical, ideological, political and cultural preconditions for one united-reintegrated Iraq. Southern Kurdistan anyway will become soon sovereignly indepenfent from Iraq either peacefully or forcefully.
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/5/2018
If KRG authorities and the High Political Council led by Masoud Barzani are ready to promote and defend the self-determined national and patriotic will of the united People, then all civil and political national-patriotic entities will be ready to protect the inalienable, legitimate right to independence of reintegrated Southern Kurdistan decisively and by available, reasonable and adequate legal, political, diplomatic and, if necessary, even military means. Southern Kurdistan must be fully independent and separate from Iraq, because obviousely even a confederative union with this Iraq is most likely not possible and not reasonable to be established.
FAUthman | 20/5/2018
Let us look at the Kurdish block in the new parliament, 25+18+5+4+2+2+2= 58 seats, WOW that is even bigger than the pro Sadr vote of 54. If Kurds unite they can be a formidable voice in shaping the new government and in making sure their rights in the Iraqi constitution are not ignored!
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