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Negotiators: Kurdish Demands Supersede Ministerial Posts

By Rudaw 23/8/2014
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned Iraqi parties not to set conditions for participating in the government on Friday.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned Iraqi parties not to set conditions for participating in the government on Friday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish negotiators in Baghdad say their demands to settle long-standing disputes between Erbil and Baghdad are paramount in discussions with top officials.

The negotiators are making several demands of the new government, including implementing Article 140, sending the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) its share of Iraq’s oil revenue, arming the Peshmerga forces and settling disputes over oil in the Kurdistan Region, said Najib Balatayi, one of the Kurdish delegates in Baghdad.

“The Kurdish parties have agreed to ensure the Kurdish conditions first and then talking about the Kurdish posts in the Iraqi government because the Kurdish posts in the Iraqi government are secondary to the conditions Kurds have set,” Balatayi said.

Prime Minister-elect Haider al-Abadi is trying to line up a cabinet and is pushing for a national unity government that includes Kurds and Sunni Arabs. Both groups have conditions for participating in the government that could hold up the formation of the cabinet, however.

The Kurdish team met with Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim Jbouri on Saturday following meetings with the Shia-led National Alliance and President Fouad Massoum on Friday. All of the consultations have been positive, Balatayi said.

“We showed that we aren’t in a hurry to form the new government; we are more in a hurry to have our conditions met,” said Zana Rustay, another Kurdish negotiator.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned Iraqi parties not to set conditions for participating in the government on Friday. He said the cabinet should include leaders who represent all citizens and warned that "demands and conditions could derail the forming of the new government."

The Kurdish negotiators are expected to meet with the National Alliance again on Sunday.

 

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Kurdo | 23/8/2014
All demands will be accepted if we are united, but the main goal has to be independence anyway.
Robert Kilbourne | 23/8/2014
The Shia are in a hurry to set up an inclusive government so that they will have backup to their militia. They know that without Sunni and Kurd involvement they will lose everything. They are afraid that without the kurds they are in deep trouble.
Filth is not good for your health! | 23/8/2014
Ask for impossible things from the filth of bagdad. Prepare for big war and then declare independence. Be ready to war against the filth.
tovi | 23/8/2014
Let's ensure we are not forgetting Kurdistan Independence. Forget about Kurd post in Corrupted Iraqi government work on Kurdistan Independence. Long live Kurdistan and Peshmerga
Rojhelat | 23/8/2014
WTF IS THIS SHIT?!! LETS GTFO FROM TEH SHITHOLE CALLED IRAQ ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!! HOW MANY TIMES BEFORE HAVE WE GONE THROUGH THE SAME SHIT WITHOUT ANY FUCKING RESULTS?

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