BAGHDAD, Sept. 16 (AKnews) – The Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC) is hoping that President of Iraq Jalal Talabani will put an end to months of disputes between Baghdad and Erbil upon his return from Germany where he is receiving treatment after his health deteriorated.
Deputy Chairman of the KBC Muhsin Sadoun said “The reform paper has not had any effects so far … Talabani can call for convening the national meeting”
The reform paper was submitted by the State of Law Coalition (SLC) in an attempt to bring together all political parties in the country to agree on ending disputes. The paper however was not welcome by rival parties.The disputes between Baghdad and Erbil increased over the past few months due to tensions over the pending issues between the central and the regional governments since the adoption of the country’s constitution in 2005. The disputes are related to the management of oil wealth and disputed areas – that the former regime changed demographically in the favor of Arabs at the expense of the Kurds – in addition to the budget of the Kurdistan Regional Guard – Peshmerga.