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Kurdistan government declares support for ‘united Iraq’

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan [KRG.OFFICE/Wikipedia]

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced yesterday its respect for the Iraqi Federal Court ruling which stressed Iraq’s unity.

“We respect the interpretation of the Supreme Court for Article 1 of the Constitution. At the same time, we affirm our belief that this should be the basis for initiating a comprehensive national dialogue to resolve disputes by applying all constitutional articles,” the KRG said in a statement.

The Iraqi Federal Court confirmed last week that there is no provision in the Iraqi Constitution that permits secession of any of the country’s components.

The government added that it is committed to “always seeking to resolve differences between federal and regional authorities in constitutional and legal manners … and welcomes all initiatives in this direction.”

Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, said in May that the current relationship between Erbil and Baghdad is like the relationship between a landlord and tenant, saying that independence will not be a solution, but a way to the solution.

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