Parliament Speaker outlines post-IS plan

Jabouri:  It seems that the political parties were unable to clearly interpret [the idea of] leaving sectarianism aside within the context of their work. The reform front represents solidarity among parliamentary groups, aiming to push them toward taking action within the framework of parliamentary work.

Al-Monitor:  Do you think the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) with its new leadership will create a new relationship with the Sunni parties other than the one that was built when Nouri al-Maliki headed the government?

Jabouri:  The new head of the [INA], Ammar al-Hakim, is a good and acceptable figure able to crystallize the [INA] as an institution. But the [INA] is still asking itself who its partner should be, and we are also asking them: Who do you favor as a partner? Will it have a tendency toward the old close alliance with the Kurds, or is it looking for a Sunni partner?

If the Sunnis do not agree, which party will achieve understandings with the [INA]? The Sunni blocs are required to have a common vision, not necessarily as a single entity — but they should present a united front over which they could negotiate with other parties in the Iraqi state.

Al-Monitor:  Do the Sunni blocs need to reconcile with one another, especially since there are significant divisions between them?

Jabouri:  The United Nations has a reconciliation project that it intends to present, and it is important that everyone accept it. There is a semifinished project to achieve community reconciliation, and it stems from comprehensive national foundations. The majority of this project’s items are still being discussed, and if they are agreed upon, the project will provide an important model for the next stage in Iraq. I have unofficially overseen these items, and they will be shared with all political parties.

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