Source: RUDAW

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki told Rudaw during an interview in Baghdad on Thursday that the federal government has to help the Kurdistan Region to solve the problems it is facing including the ongoing financial crisis before “it is too late.”  He called the events in Khurmatu since October 16 “ethnic cleansing” and one that they are following with great concern.

Maliki served as Prime Minister of Iraq for two terms from 2006-2014. Under his tenure the central government cut the Kurdish share of budget in early-2014 over the KRG’s plans to export oil independent of Baghdad. He deployed the Iraqi security forces to the borders of the Kurdistan Region at least twice when he was the PM, and became the first senior Iraqi politician to threaten Kurdistan with the use of force against the Iraqi-opposed Kurdish vote on independence.  In a wide-ranging interview, he told Rudaw presenter Ranj Sangawi that he wants both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to get over what happened in the past, including the disagreement over the Kurdish vote.

“We have to open a new page,” Maliki said. He said the two sides must commit to the Iraqi constitution that best serves the interest of all the people of Iraq, including the Kurdish population.  If the problems between the Iraqi and Kurdish governments remain unresolved before the Iraqi elections scheduled for May 12, not only the Kurds, but “all of Iraq will lose,” Maliki said, who is also the head of the ruling Dawa Party.  READ MORE…

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