UN Secretary General calls for 'serious dialogue’ between Erbil, Baghdad

UN Secretary General calls for 'serious dialogue’ between Erbil, Baghdad

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a letter to the Kurdish Premier Nechirvan Barzani and posted on the KRG website on Friday, called for ongoing disputes between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to be addressed through a political dialogue.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The United Nations Secretary-General in a letter to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Prime Minister reiterated the need to resolve issues between Baghdad and Erbil through dialogue.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a letter to the Kurdish Premier Nechirvan Barzani and posted on the KRG website on Friday, called for ongoing disputes between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to be addressed through a political dialogue.

In the letter, Gueterres reiterated the need for peaceful, constructive talks on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.

“I encourage both sides to take the necessary steps to prepare the ground for a serious dialogue,” Guterres said.

Guterres expressed his optimism at the Iraqi Federal Government and the KRG openly expressing readiness for dialogue.

“For the purpose of national reconciliation, enhancing the stability and confronting the threats that are still created by [ISIS], the current stability must be maintained,” Guterres concluded.

Relations soured between Baghdad and Erbil following the September 25 referendum on the secession of the Kurdish region from the rest of the Iraqi territory.

The plebiscite was held in defiance of strong objection from both Baghdad and Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Iran and Turkey.

The Iraqi government responded to the controversial Kurdish vote by conducting a military campaign to retake the areas overrun by the Kurdish militants in the course of the anti-Daesh fight. It also banned direct flights to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region and demanded control over border crossings.



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