Statement of the Meeting of Leaders of the Kurdistan Region
Erbil٫ Kurdistan Region٫ 5 November 2019
The President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani, along with the President of Iraq Barham Salih, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Rewas Faiq, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masrour Barzani, and the Kurdistan Region’s presidential bodies held an extensive meeting with leaders of the political parties in the Kurdistan Region to discuss the current situation and developments of the political process in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.
The meeting concluded that the demonstrations taking place in Iraq are the result of accumulated deficiencies in governance over the years and non-implementation of Iraq’s Constitution. The meeting assessed these conditions with concern and stressed on citizens’ rights to freedom of expression. Officials in the meeting supported the legitimate demands of the people of Iraq and agreed with Iraqi Government’s decision to take the necessary measures for reforms to meet legitimate demands. They also reaffirmed the importance of protecting Iraq’s constitutional and legal institutions and securing stability in the country. In particular, taking into account the political situation of the region and the potential dangers of the resurgence of terrorism in Iraq.
Officials in the meeting agreed that the unity of the Kurdistan Region political party is essential in defending the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region, as well as actively participating in solving the issues faced in Iraq.
The meeting also addressed the issue of latest call for amending the Iraq’s Constitution. All sides in the meeting stressed that any amendment to the Constitution of Iraq must preserve the federal system, the rights of all components of Iraq and the constitutional entity of the Kurdistan Region.