A delegation, opposing the Kurdistan Regional government (KRG), that represents Gorran Movement, Kurdistan Islamic Group and Coalition for Democracy and Justice, presided by Barham Salih, has headed to Baghdad, a well-informed source revealed Thursday.
In press statements, the source said the delegation would visit Baghdad to hold discussions with officials in the federal government.
On December 25, Kurdistan Parliament secretary-general Begard Talabani announced that a parliamentary delegation will visit Baghdad in an attempt to resolve the crisis between Erbil and Baghdad.
But the next day, Rezan Sheikh Dleir, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) MP said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi rejected receiving the Kurdish delegation, composed of Gorran Movement and Kurdistan Islamic Group, in Baghdad to start negotiation with Erbil.
Tension has been high in the region since the central government in Baghdad imposed tough measures when the KRG held an independence referendum on Sept. 25 and Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede.
Kurdish parties have sought to resolve the crisis between the KRG and the federal government but all their efforts were in vain.
KRG accuses Baghdad of procrastination as it delays engaging in dialogue with Erbil to resolve the outstanding issues between the two parties.