Parliament President receives U.S. delegation Erbil June 30 (PNA) – On June 26, 2011, along with the Parliament Vice President, Dr. Arsalan Baiz, the Kurdistan Parliament President, Dr. Kamal Kirkuki, received a U.S. delegation. The delegation expressed their delight at visiting the Kurdistan Region for the first time and commented on progress made in the Region. They are here to see the political and security situation in Iraq, to learn about the process for the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, to discuss the future of Iraq after the U.S withdrawal, to see the political process in the Kurdistan Region and to talk about relations between the Kurdistan Region as part of Iraq and the United States.
After welcoming the delegation, Dr. Kirkuki stated that Iraq is still involved in the war against terrorism and this issue has not been resolved yet. The Parliament President pointed out the outstanding problems between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi Government, including the issues of the Peshmerga, the Oil and Gas Law, the Law of the Federal Council, conducting a census, and implementing Article 140 of Iraq’s Constitution. He also said that it is a great injustice to deprive the people of Kirkuk and other Kurdish disputed areas from the right that has been enshrined in the Iraqi Constitution. He added that neglecting the implementation of Article 140 would create discontent of the Kurdish people and if the situation remains like this, people will demonstrate peacefully to demand their rights like the peoples of Egypt and Tunisia.
The Parliament President stated that prior to the Iraqi Parliament elections, there were great injustice committed against the Kurdistan Region, but despite all the shortcomings in the election process, Kurds agreed to accept the results due to the poor security situation in Iraq with the hope that the situation would improve, the Constitution would be fully implemented and the injustices would also be removed.
The Parliament President talked about the political process in the Kurdistan Region, pointing to the efforts to reform KRG institutions, to consolidate the democratic experience in the Region, to help democracy grow in the whole of Iraq, and to work together to achieve success.No tags for this post.