Monday, 28 May 2012, 07:43 GMT
Parliament did not play its role in dealing with the Baghdad-Erbil tensions


A view of the Kurdistan Region

The Kurdish Globe

"The problem the Kurds have with Baghdad are about the issues of federalism,

A member of the Kurdish parliament argues that Maliki has never changed and has the same ideals he always had in the past, while another PM doubts Iraq ever become an institutionalized state without a major change in sentiment

Adnan Osman, a member of the Kurdistan Region's Parliament and the Gorran opposition bloc, reiterated that the lack of unity among the media and some political parties regarding the current tensions Baghdad and Erbil is due to lack of parliament's role.

Osman argues that the parliament should have taken lead in this regard following the statement by the Region's President.

Salar Mahmoud, another MP from the Kurdistani Bloc, says that since 1925 Iraq has never become an institutionalized state, and by the way Maliki runs the government, it will take another century to reach this goal.

Mahmoud told the Globe that Maliki's behaviors are illogical and that he doesn't act responsibly.

"The current Iraqi Prime Minister has failed to make the country belong to everyone," stated MP Mahmoud.

Fazil Basharati, another member of the Kurdish parliament, on the other hand, believes that Maliki's behaviors have always been clear and when he was elected as the Prime Minster he had these same behaviors and beliefs.

"What endangers the interest of the Kurdistan Region's citizens is the different ideas political groups and media organizations in the region have," said MP Basharati in an interview with the Kurdish Globe. "It is unfortunate that we are not united. The majority of the central Iraqi citizens are also unhappy about Maliki, yet some of the media describe the situation as a dispute between Maliki and President Barzani."

President Barzani announced in his Newroz message that the behaviors and actions of Baghdad's authorities are no longer acceptable or tolerable. Since then the media war between Erbil and Baghdad continues to escalate.

This came at a time when the United States government officially received President Barzani at the White House and a number of European states expressed their support and enthusiasm towards Barzani's efforts within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.

MP Osman believes that the dispute between the KRG and the central government is not a personal issue but rather a constitutional one, and that Maliki is part of these issues.

"The problem the Kurds have with Baghdad are about the issues of federalism, powers and constitutional rights," Osman told the Globe. "Iraq should not have a central government, but it should rather have a federal government."

Osman also added that the Kurdish political stance towards this issue is not united, and he blames the Parliament for this problem.

"The conflict between Maliki and the Kurds is an ethnic issue and the parliament should work on any such ethnic and national issues related to the Kurdish rights and interests. The parliament should establish a committee in coordination with the government to represent the Region in this regard."

According to the Gorran MP, the parliament did not act responsibly after President Barzani's Newroz Message and this means that it has not yet understood its position and authority.

"If the parliament established a committee consisting of representatives of all the blocs to follow up on the issue, the conflicts between Erbil and Baghdad would not have been labeled as personal issues. I believe that the opposition should have been invited to participate, and even been asked to lead negotiations, in such national issues."