26.01.2014 – Hawar Abdulrazaq – BasNews, Erbil – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has told Iraqi Kurds that they have three options to solve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil. – In an interview with Iraqi news channel Samaria, Maliki said that according to Iraq’s constitution, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should pay the salary of the Kurdish military forces (Peshmerga).
“When it comes to the issue of the Peshmerga budget, the Kurds have three options, the first is to allocate their salaries from within their share of the Iraqi budget, the second is for the Peshmerga to become part of the Iraqi army and the third is to amend the constitution,” the Iraqi Prime Minister explained.
PM Maliki noted that every year the KRG makes this an issue and has asked Kurdish officials not to add new articles to the constitution regarding this matter so that the issue does not become an even greater problem. “If the Iraqi budget is not approved by the end of this month then the government will be forced to use other policies and those policies might cause other problems,” Maliki warned. Last week, PM Maliki met with Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to solve outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil, notably those pertaining to oil and the Peshmerga budget.