ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani pointed to the unjust actions against the people of Kurdistan in Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu, and other areas, in a meeting with Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Wednesday.
Barzani, Head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), received the Iraqi President in Erbil where they discussed the current developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
According to a statement from Barzani’s office, both leaders agreed on the need to resolve all issues peacefully and through dialogue.
In the meeting, Barzani stressed the importance of holding “balanced and unconditional dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad, away from imposing language.”
“The Iraqi government must stop the unjust actions committed against the people of Kurdistan in Kirkuk and other areas, especially the genocide being committed in Tuz Khurmatu,” Barzani stated.
Barzani urged the Iraqi government to immediately cease such violations, adding that “they are not acceptable, and we will not be silent about them.”
Masum mentioned his planned efforts to resolve the disputes between the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) based on the Iraqi Constitution, the statement added.
“The Constitution should be an umbrella to protect the dignity and existence of all components without any discrimination,” Masum noted.
Speaking to Kurdistan 24 following the meeting, the Iraqi President explained that both Erbil and Baghdad were now ready to begin a dialogue.
He added that all sides must resort to the Constitution to resolve the disputes.
Regarding the pre-conditions Baghdad insisted on before the start of dialogue with Erbil, Masum said the demands must not be political, suggesting that Baghdad’s actions, specifically the use of force, may be “unconstitutional.”
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany