Baghdad seeks Concessions before Negotiating with Kurds

The first condition, he said, is that “the KRG should officially announce its commitment to the Iraqi Federal Court decision on nullifying all the outcomes of the referendum vote.” He said the Iraqi government wants an official statement in which the KRG “nullifies the referendum outcomes as per the Iraqi Federal Court decision — not just 'respecting' the decision.”

The KRG has refused to nullify the referendum results thus far. KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy, Qubad Talabani, would have complied completely with the court's ruling, the source said, but former KRG President Massoud Barzani and his son, Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, are the main obstacles; they insist "the people's vote will only be nullified by another public vote." Baghdad wants a guarantee that the KRG will not seek independence in the future.

The Iraqi government also demands the KRG turn over all future federal revenues, including those from oil sales and customs. Baghdad has clearly said that it won't receive any Kurdish delegations that don't include representatives of all five political parties with factions in the Iraqi parliament.

Those groups are the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Gorran party (Movement for Change), the Kurdistan Islamic Union, and the Kurdistan Islamic Group. According to the source, the KRG is likely to accept these two conditions; however, the remaining two conditions will deepen the chasm between Baghdad and Erbil.

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.