Kurdistan PM, UN envoy talk Erbil-Baghdad disputes, Sinjar agreement
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.
Barzani and Plasschaert discussed “the situation in Iraq and the region, ongoing negotiations between the regional and federal governments, and progress toward meaningful reforms,” read a statement from Barzani’s office.
Highlighting “efforts to secure the Kurdistan Region’s equitable share of the federal budget for 2021,” the two sides agreed that “issues between Erbil and Baghdad should be resolved within the framework of the constitution so as to ensure the Kurdistan Region’s financial entitlements are respected.”
The statement noted that the officials stressed “the importance of implementing the Shingal Agreement to allow the safe and dignified return of displaced individuals to their homes and bring peace and stability to the area.”
The Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on October 9, 2020, announced they had reached an agreement to restore and normalize the situation in the Shingal area, where competing armed groups are active.
Editing by Khrush Najari