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Public sector salaries should not be sacrificed for vested interests: PUK

  2021-02-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI - Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) fosters the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi Government to address their outstanding problems, in which that salaries of public sector employees’ should no longer be sacrificed for political tensions and special interests.

This came during a meeting between PUK Co-President Lahur Sheikh Jangi and German Consul-General in Erbil Klemens Semtner on Sunday (February 28), Sheikh Jangi’s media office said in a statement. 

KRG and the federal government have been in long-term negotiations for months to reach  a final agreement, in which the KRG is obliged to hand over an amount of oil and non-oil incomes to receive its budget share from the federal government.

“An agreement with the [Iraqi] Federal Government is not only for the budget, but also an important factor for solving other problems, particularly the difficulties of the disputed territories while strengthening the regional entity,” the PUK co-president said.

There has been an uptick in bomb blasts and attacks by Islamic  State (ISIS) militants in Iraq, more notably in the disputed areas, a belt of territories claimed by Erbil and Baghdad. 

Germany is a member of the US-led Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inheritance Resolve (CJTF – OIR) formed in 2014 on for fighting the militant group. 

Sheikh Jangi expressed his thanks to Germany’s contributions  in the fight against ISIS militants, especially through “providing the Kurdistan Region with weapons and military supplies, as well as training to the Peshmerga forces.”

Regarding the escalating tensions between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey, the senior PUK leader called for both parties to resolve the issues through dialogues.

“PUK believes the issue must be resolved peacefully…. the option of war and resorting to a military option will only complicate the issue further,” Sheikh Jangi said. 

PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities since 1978 for Kurdish rights in Turkey. 

Turkey regularly carries our cross-border land and air operations and bombs PKK’s suspected sites in the Kurdistan Region, especially in several mountainous regions where  PKK fighters are stationed. 

(Zhyan English)