KRG Calls on UN to Help Erbil, Baghdad Resolve Disputes
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KRG Calls on UN to Help Erbil, Baghdad Resolve Disputes

ERBIL - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has called on the United Nations to help Erbil and Baghdad reach "a radical" agreement and resolve all their remaining disputes.

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers, during which he also thanked Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, for her call for a "positive relationship" between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

This came after the UN envoy, while briefing the UN Security Council via a video-teleconference from Baghdad on Tuesday, noted that "with regards to Baghdad-Erbil relations: all of us will agree that a positive and constructive relationship between federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region is key to the stability of the whole country."

Discussing the latest developments on the negotiations with Baghdad regarding the financial rights and dues for the Kurdistan Region, the Council of Ministers, in the meantime, decided to send a formal letter to Baghdad demanding that the Iraqi government should send Kurdistan Region's share from the federal budget for the months 5-6-7-10, a statement by Barzani's office said.

"The Council of Ministers calls on the United Nations and the international community to support the efforts to reach a radical agreement between Erbil and Baghdad,” the statement added.

PM Barzani said that the Kurdistan Region has spared no efforts and fulfilled all its obligations to reach a comprehensive agreement with the Iraqi government, making clear that Erbil will not compromise on the constitutional and financial rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region, and stressing that the delay in sending part of Kurdistan Region’s share is a "dangerous precedent and a violation of the legitimate rights of the people of the autonomous region.”