UN stresses the need to settle outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jinka and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Iraq, Jan Kubiš and their accompanied delegation.

Mr. Jinka stressed the need to settle all the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil through dialogue, for which he expressed the readiness of the international organisation to help holding talks between the two sides.

He commended the level of cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Region military forces, the Peshmerga, and the Iraqi army in the war against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

He also praised the Kurdistan regional Government for having accommodated and provided assistance to a large number of refugees and displaced persons, who fled ISIS terrorists and took refuge in the Kurdistan Region.

Mr. Jinka expressed his hope for the implementation of a general reconciliation plan between Iraq’s various communities after the return of the displaced persons to their places of origin following the elimination of ISIS. He stressed that such plan would bring peace, stability and security to the region.

Prime Minister Barzani said the Kurdistan Region has become a safe haven for displaced persons and refugees, stressing however that due to the severe financial difficulties which it faces, Kurdistan cannot provide the needed humanitarian assistance without the support of the international community.

On the relations between Erbil and Baghdad, he pointed out that a noticeable military coordination and cooperation between the two sides have been reached over the past few months, which helped achieving victories in the war against terrorism.

He noted, however, that such level of cooperation has not yet been met in other fields, stressing that the Kurdistan Region is ready to hold talks with Baghdad to settle all the issues through mutual understanding.

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