Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives UN SRSG to Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubis

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubis, to discuss political developments in Iraq following the independence referendum and mechanisms to de-escalate tensions.

During the meeting, both officials called for dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad based on an open agenda. Chancellor Barzani emphasized the people have practiced the right to self-determination as contained in the UN Charter. He said, ‘The international community, including the UN, must encourage Iraq to end its unconstitutional policies of collective punishment against the people of Kurdistan.’

‘We must settle our differences through dialogue. The door to talks remains open,’ he added, to achieve the aspirations of the people of Kurdistan.

The meeting also touched on potential mechanisms to begin dialogue. Mr. Kubis called for talks grounded in common interests and through peaceful means. He added that the UN continues encouraging Erbil and Baghdad to lessen tensions.