Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Barzani gives "concrete sign Iraq really is breaking up"

Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told CNN International that “Iraq is obviously falling apart."

"And it’s obvious that the federal or central government has lost control over everything. Everything is collapsing – the army, the troops, the police," Barzani said during an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "We did not cause the collapse of Iraq. It is others who did. And we cannot remain hostages for the unknown," he added.

"Iraq Kurdistan Pres Barzani gives me first concrete sign Iraq really is breaking up + Western policy behind the curve," Amanpour tweeted late June 23 when announcing the interview.

Barzani had told Sky News Arabia TV on April 8 that an independent Kurdish state is to be established, pointing out that they are moving towards a confederation with Iraq.

Beginning late on June 9, militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran most of one Iraqi province and parts of three others north of Baghdad.

Iraqi forces made a "tactical" withdrawal from three western towns on June 22, as Sunni militants widened an offensive that has already overrun swathes of territory.

  • "The Kurds of Iraq can decide for themselves the name and type of the entity they are living in," Hüseyin Çelik, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), reportedly told the Kurdish online news outlet Rudaw last week.
  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid applauded "Turkey's move to welcome an independent Kurdistan on its border" on June 19.

Click here to read the rest of the interview on CNN International



  1. Kerry in Kurdistan to urge leaders to be part of national government...

    (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday to urge its leaders not to withdraw from the political process in Baghdad after their forces took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk.

    Peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, seized control of Kirkuk on June 12 after the Iraqi military fled in the face of an onslaught from Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    Kurds have long dreamed of taking Kirkuk, a city with huge oil reserves just outside the autonomous region, which they regard as their historical capital.

    If they hold onto Kirkuk, revenues from its major oilfields could far surpass any budget offer from Baghdad, boosting its ambition of succeeding as a fully independent state.

    But Kerry, who is on a tour of Middle East countries to discuss the deepening crisis in Iraq, hopes to convince Kurdish leaders to be part of a new government in Baghdad where they can assume senior positions and have a say in the oil wealth.

    While in Baghdad on Monday, Kerry said he had been assured by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki he would meet a July 1 deadline to form a new inclusive government. Washington is pressing Maliki to move quickly in the face of gains by Sunni militants who have advanced toward the capital.

    "The secretary’s visit will be very important both to confer with the Kurdish leadership and also encourage them to play a very active role in this government formation process, including choosing a very strong president who can represent both Kurdish interests but also Iraqi interests," said a senior State Department official who briefed reporters.

    "If they decide to withdraw from the Baghdad political process it will accelerate a lot of the negative trends," the official said. ........................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/24/us-iraq-usa-kurdistan-idUSKBN0EZ0G020140624?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

  2. EIIL en Irak: John Kerry pousse à l'unité d'un pays qui "se désintègre"...

    L'armée combattait mardi les insurgés sunnites autour de la principale raffinerie d'Irak et tentait de freiner leur avancée dans l'ouest, alors que le secrétaire d'Etat John Kerry a appelé à l'unité politique pour éviter l'éclatement du pays.

    Le Haut-Commissariat de l'ONU aux droits de l'Homme a fait état mardi d'un bilan de plus de 1000 personnes tuées dans plusieurs régions d'Irak entre le 5 et le 22 juin.

    Sur le plan diplomatique, John Kerry a rencontré à Erbil (nord) les dirigeants kurdes après avoir promis à Bagdad un soutien "intensif" pour enrayer l'offensive qui a permis aux jihadistes de prendre de larges pans de territoire, a déplacé des centaines de milliers d'Irakiens et mis sous pression le Premier ministre chiite Nouri al-Maliki.

    Les premiers conseillers militaires promis par Barack Obama ont entamé leur mission à Bagdad, selon le Pentagone. Au total 300 d'entres eux doivent venir épauler les forces irakiennes mais aucun soldat ne sera déployé au sol, avait annoncé le président américain.................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_irak-combats-autour-de-la-principale-raffinerie-kerry-pousse-a-l-unite?id=8300693


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