ERBIL — There is a chance to resolve the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad and reach a peaceful agreement as the current prime minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, understands the Kurdish cause well, said Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani.
The remarks were made in an official statement by the Kurdish leader to mark the 74th anniversary of his political party, which was described as “an important turning point in the Kurdish struggle for freedom”.
Barzani emphasized in his statement that the Kurdistan Region and federal government of Iraq should address their prolonged disputes based on the Constitution of Iraq, “whose full implementation could have prevented these disputes from occurring”.
He also reminded that his party, which remains the largest political party in Kurdistan Region, will also continue the struggle to further promote the spirit of peaceful coexistence between different religious and ethnic components of the Kurdistan Region. The KDP, as Barzani stressed, will also stand against any conspiracy that wishes to harm the legal and constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region.
Concerning the Kurdish areas contested between Erbil and Baghdad, Barzani reminded that the anti-Kurdish policies and the Arabization of the Kurdish territories continues up to the moment, “which is dangerous and not acceptable”.
Finally, the Kurdish leader renewed a call on the Kurdish forces from Turkey and Iran to avoid using Kurdistan Region’s territories as their battleground with neighboring countries, which attracts military actions and harms the welfare of the people in Kurdistan Region.