President Barzani calls on UN to contribute to Erbil-Baghdad talks
File Photo - Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani- File
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Monday (April 19) sent an official letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) calling on them to grant more power and mediating role to the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) chief to use it in resolving the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.
In the epistle, Among the Erbil-Baghdad problems, Barzani cast light on implementation of Iraqi Constitution’s Article 140, the problem of oil and the distribution of the revenues to the Kurdistan Region.
Erbil and Baghdad have been at odds for years over an array of problems, more notably those related to the oil sales and the implementation of Article 140 to determine the final fate of the disputed territories claimed by both sides.
Former Baʽathit regime relocated many Kurds and non-Arabs, especially from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, to other provinces and settled ethnic Arab families in their place in a bid to diminish the Kurdish population in those the rich-resource multi-ethnic areas, a belt of territory stretches from Nineveh governorate, through Saladin and Kirkuk into Diyala.
The constitutional article grant compensation to the settled families and purportedly aims to return the indigenous people to their areas of origin.
A referendum had to be held on November 2007 to settle the disputes by the authentic people to determine if they whether want to remain under the federal or the Kurdish authority, but it did not happen.
Barzani also threw his support behind the federal government’s request to the UNSC “about the increasing of the UN’s roles in monitoring the elections in Iraq and to ensure the October 10 this year will take place good without violations.”
The senior Kurdish official also called on the UNSC to speak up on the “implementation of recent agreement between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region about the federal budget law and other suspended issues.”
Barzani also asked for more humanitarian aid and support to about one million refugees and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) settled in the Kurdistan Region and improvement to their lives in the camps.