Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Kurdish FM: Iraq’s judiciary doesn’t function, ruling won’t affect Region

By Rudaw 19/9/2017
The head of the Kurdistan Region's foreign office Falah Mustafa. Photo: KRG DFR
The head of the Kurdistan Region's foreign office Falah Mustafa. Photo: KRG DFR
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Falah Mustafa, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s foreign office, has explained that an initial ruling by Iraq’s Supreme Court to suspend the Kurdish referendum won’t affect Erbil because Iraqi courts aren’t “functioning.”

“We don’t have the feeling that there is a judiciary system in this country that’s functioning in order to protect law, order and also rights,” Foreign Minister Mustafa told The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

The Kurdish diplomat was interviewed on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He was asked about Monday’s ruling by the Iraqi Supreme Court to suspend the referendum until it makes a final ruling on the case.

“This decision in no way will affect the region of Kurdistan, the feelings of the people of Kurdistan or the leadership,” said Mustafa.

The legal actions began after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi filed the court case against Kurdish President Masoud Barzani and the Kurdish parliament speaker Yousif Mohammed.

The statement from Abadi’s called on the court to not allow "any region or province to separate from Iraq."

It read that the referendum violates the Iraqi constitution, and threatens Iraq’s territorial integrity, and sovereignty.

It also added that the vote will lead to “dangerous consequences” whose impact cannot be reversed, and that it will threaten the “public peace” at a time when the country is going through difficult economic and security situations.

The Kurdish parliament voted on Friday to back the referendum at its stated time on September 25.

The Kurdistan Region has stated they decided to hold the vote only after giving the new Iraq a fair chance to work for all Iraqis, including Kurds, for the last 14 years since it was established following the US-led invasion in 2003.

In that time during the premiership of Nouri al-Maliki, ISIS gobbled up large swathes of Iraq, chiefly the country’s second-largest city of Mosul in 2014. At its peak in 2014, some 10 million Iraqis lived under ISIS control.

“We are not ready to go back to the old formula,” Mustafa also told the WSJ. “We are not ready to go back to pre-ISIS Iraq. It has failed, and we are not to be blamed for it. Baghdad is to be blamed for it.”

The military cooperation between Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces to retake most areas ISIS had controlled has been described as unprecedented.  

Ahead of the referendum and with the support of parliament, Abadi said on Saturday that if the Iraqi population is "threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily.

The Kurdistan Region accuses Baghdad of having violated about one-third of the Iraqi constitution, chief among them Article 140 that concerns the fate of the disputed areas such as Kirkuk, and also a decision by the Iraqi government to cut its share of the budget since early 2014 following the Kurdish plans to export oil independently of Baghdad to the world’s markets.

Comments

 
| 19/9/2017
As long as the KRG/Kurds are representing the region in the Federal Government and continue to remain within the Federal Government then by DeFacto you are ruled by those laws and have to abide by them. failure to do so is a breach and you are held liable and accountable to the law. In simple terms you are liable for everything you have done since 2003 until the moment of LEGAL independence

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Shkak | 12/17/2017 9:35:51 AM
Kurd, remain confident your state will emerge victorious .
The DAY of the KURDISH NATION | 12/17/2017 10:00:32 AM
On this day of the Kurdish Flag, the Kurdish boy is here to suggest to the competent Kurdish institutions and the citizenship in general to create...
Flag of Kurdistan proudly raised high at Flag Day events
| yesterday at 12:10 | (2)
duroi | 12/17/2017 6:27:01 AM
So far the case against the Turkish banker Atilla is very weak and it all depends on the examination of Atilla by the prosecutors next week. If they...
Judge in Iran sanctions trial slams 'foreign conspiracy theory'
| yesterday at 08:50 | (1)
guest2002 | 12/15/2017 7:43:15 PM
these two families seem to lack the ability to understand that kurds of bashur need more than just these family. just because he is someone's...
Azad | 12/17/2017 4:08:01 AM
Is this a joke or somebody try to Establish a pattern for hereditary in political parties. Qubad is a good guy or not should not be the issue here....
Qubad Talabani tipped for top PUK position: officials
| 14/12/2017 | (9)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 12/16/2017 8:43:49 PM
Abadi chose to climb on the tiger's back and ride ... No matter what happens eventually, do not pity him.
duroi | 12/17/2017 3:18:54 AM
How come UN Security Council swiftly votes against the democratic exercise of referendum in Tuz Khurmatu and Kurdish areas, but it fails after 2...
UN probe confirms 100s of houses, businesses burned or bombed in Tuz Khurmatu
| yesterday at 10:55 | (3)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Gorran expected to withdraw from government, stay in provincial councils 6 hours ago |

Gorran expected to withdraw from government, stay in provincial councils

'In all cases, withdrawing from the government is more
PUK to hold congress in March 7 hours ago |

PUK to hold congress in March

The PUK has been plagued by rifts in its more
Kurdish parliament issues amnesty: convicts on death row get 15 years in prison 22 hours ago |

Kurdish parliament issues amnesty: convicts on death row get 15 years in prison

Amnesty does not include terrorism or so-called more
0.5 seconds