Baghdad seeks Concessions before Negotiating with Kurds

By Kamal Chomani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Trying to jump-start discussions with Iraq's central government, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil recently announced it will respect the Iraqi Federal Court's ecision that the KRG independence referendum was unconstitutional. But Baghdad has amplified its demands for opening a dialogue, which makes negotiations unlikely to happen anytime soon.

The Kurdish independence referendum, which voters overwhelmingly approved in September, greatly escalated problems between Baghdad and the KRG. However, both sides have called for negotiations to resolve the issues based on the Iraqi Constitution.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said Baghdad is continuing to work toward putting into effect some articles of the constitution that have never been implemented and would benefit the Kurds, while at the same time returning federal sovereignty to all areas of Iraq.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touched on the subject this week during a speech at the Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington DC, saying the United States will help officials implement the Iraqi Constitution completely.

"We have said we’ll stand with the Kurds to support them in the full implementation of the Iraqi Constitution … which, when it is fully implemented, will address a number of grievances that the Kurdish people have had for some time and we hope will lead to that unified Iraq," Tillerson said at the Dec. 12 meeting.

An Iraqi parliamentary source told Al-Monitor, on condition of anonymity, Baghdad's five recent conditions for opening negotiations.

2 Responses to Baghdad seeks Concessions before Negotiating with Kurds

  1. ahmedalii 23rd December 2017 at 17:26 #

    Barzani family will never give the border crossing to Tukey and Iran , as its main route for smuggling oil , plus the international Erbil airport , this used by Barzani family for smuggling cash generated from many local sources in PRG , it is easy for them to transport any amount to any place around the globe, even many sources mentio, n that Barzani family huge wealth is stashed in Swiss banks at total of about 600 billion USD, Barzany family members seen in Switzerland >>>>

    they are so greedy , even they do not pay one USD to save themselves from expected sudden collapse of KRG, there shall be no KRG in few months

  2. KHAN 1st January 2018 at 18:24 #

    I was in Kurdistan for Oil conference, and the amount of money that is laid out for companies to grab is not conceivable by common person. Barzani Family have agents who eveyday export cash via private jets to EU everyday. KRG is a family business, and a hobby because they do not stay in Erbil, that is a vacation house. This family lives in EU, and they fool the kurds for their fiat freedom.

    US invasion was a deal to get the riches...... They GOT IT, thanks to HAJ Bush!

    IRAQ is for sale, and the BARZANI INC, is looting it well.