Iraqi Government To Create Committee On Kurdish Demands

Iraqi Government To Create Committee On Kurdish Demands

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has promised to establish a committee to work on a series of requests by the heads of Kurdish factions in the parliament, Iraqi MP Najeba Najeeb said.

"The prime minister's policy until now has not understood the needs and demands of Kurds," Najeeb said.

"We presented the demands to Abadi in the latest meeting and he promised to create a committee to consider and implement them, but the problem is Abadi has not carried out his promise," she added.

The heads of Kurdish parties in the Iraqi Parliament returned to Baghdad last week to meet with Abadi and present a list of demands for their formal participation in parliamentary sessions.

Among those demands were a call for increased security for Kurdish MPs, for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to receive its share of the federal budget and for efforts to be made to follow through with Article 140 in the Iraqi constitution.

Najeeb said there was criticism over the return of Kurdish blocs to Baghdad because they had not received any promise of safety and security.

On the subject of the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) decision to provide Iraq with a loan, Najeeb said, "The Kurdistan Region has a share of the loan under Article 106 of the Iraqi constitution."

The IMF recently agreed on a proposal to give a $15 billion dollar loan to Iraq with 5% interest for three years.