Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives Germany’s Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Cyrill Nunn

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today a delegation led by Germany’s Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Cyrill Nunn, to discuss political and military developments following the independence referendum.

During the meeting, both officials called for an immediate resumption of bilateral talks between Erbil and Baghdad. Both agreed that peaceful means and dialogue remain the only viable means to address ongoing differences. Chancellor Barzani said, ‘Violence will not address this issue. The international community must encourage Baghdad to return to unconditional talks based on an open agenda.’

He called for an end to unconstitutional measures amounting to collective punishment against the people of Kurdistan. He added that the international community’s position against the referendum emboldened Iraq and external forces and discouraged talks.

Ambassador Nunn expressed Germany’s readiness to bring both Erbil and Baghdad together to address ‘concrete issues’ based on shared interests. Chancellor Barzani said that the Kurdistan Region welcomes an international-backed initiative for a peaceful settlement.