ERBIL — Turkey has been invited to mediate between the Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional governments as the sides remain in a political deadlock since KRG’s independence referendum last September.
“There are mediation requests. We will go to Baghdad on Jan. 21st. We will discuss this in addition to the bilateral ties,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
“In the upcoming period, Baghdad and Erbil need to reach an agreement. The recent statement by Erbil that it will comply with the decisions of the Iraqi Constitutional Court is a positive step, but a clear consensus must be reached here,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that Ankara would “do its best to reach this end.”
Meanwhile he pointed to Iraq's Constitution for the solution of the problems.
“If you live in a country then you should accept the laws of that country and its constitution,” he added, noting that the Iraqi Kurds “received support from Turkey for using their constitutional rights.”
“Our desire is to overcome these problems as soon as possible within the framework of Iraq’s territorial integrity. After such normalization, after Erbil accepts this, we will not have a problem there [in the KRG],” the foreign minister added.