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Merkel confirms Germany’s support for constitutional rights of Kurds

Merkel confirms Germany’s support for constitutional rights of Kurds
The Kurdistan Region Government's (KRG) decision to respect Iraqi court rulings concerning the vote on independence and its calls for peace talks with the Iraqi government are “goodwill” gestures of the Kurdistan government, Rudaw quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying in a meeting with Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Berlin.

Merkel expressed Germany’s support for “the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region within the framework of Iraq,” a statement from the KRG read on Monday.

The KRG has stated that it wants to hold talks with the government of Iraq, and respects all rulings of the Federal Court that canceled the vote, concluded it was unconstitutional, and ruled that the Iraqi constitution does not allow secession.

“This shows the goodwill of the Kurdistan Region,” Merkel told the Kurdish delegation.

“Chancellor Merkel hoped that every effort will be made to start talks between Erbil and Baghdad to solve the problems with Iraq and pointed to the fact that Germany is monitoring the situation,” it continued.

PM Barzani told the German chancellor that the KRG has always called for dialogue with Baghdad, but that it is the Iraqi government that has refused to enter such talks.

“It is necessary that countries who are friends, such as Germany, help Iraq and the Kurdistan Region so that they can start the negotiation,” PM Barzani said at the meeting.

Deputy Kurdish Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and the chief of staff of the Kurdistan Region presidency Fuad Hussein also attended the meeting.

The KRG delegation visited Berlin at the invitation of the German government and met with German officials on Monday, including Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

KRG’s visit to Germany became the second foreign visit for the KRG leadership, following their visit to France in early December.

This comes as the crisis in Kirkuk has escalated. Peshmerga forces have been fending off attacks launched by the Iraqi forces. 

Tensions between the two sides over the future of Kurdistan have been high since the Kurds voted for independence in a September referendum. 

The oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate has emerged as a flashpoint in the crisis as it is claimed by both sides.
Last Modified: Tuesday، 19 December 2017 12:33 PM
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