Chancellor Barzani and UNSRSG Jan Kubis discuss Erbil-Baghdad developments


Chancellor Masrour Barzani met today the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubis, to discuss developments between Erbil and Baghdad.

Both officials discussed conditions necessary to resume dialogue. Chancellor Barzani underscored that Baghdad has yet to take practical measures to facilitate unconditional talks despite steps taken by the Kurdistan Region. The Chancellor faulted political developments ahead of national elections as obstacles, noting that Baghdad must identify a time-limited framework without preconditions to settle differences based on the full implementation of the Constitution.

Speaking about UN’s continued efforts to kick start direct talks, Mr. Kubis referred to the recent statement by the UN Security Council calling for peaceful means to settle political disputes. He called on both to begin immediate, direct talks and resort to the Iraqi Constitution to address differences.