Mrs. Rezan Kader meets Dr. Rosario Aitala, Senior Adviser for International Affairs to the President of the Senate, Piero Grasso.
Today, Mrs. Rezan Kader met with Dr. Rosario Aitala, Senior Adviser for International Affairs to the President of the Senate, Piero Grasso.
Mrs. Kader introduced to Dr. Aitala the official position of the Presidency of the Region, of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the current situation in the country in the light of recent events in Iraq.
The High Representative informed Dr. Aitala that the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region, had already alarmed the central government in Baghdad of the danger posed by the rebels Isis, who were preparing to launch a major offensive in western Iraq.
The government of al-Maliki has failed to adequately represent all the components of Iraq and never took seriously the threat from the rebels Isis. In this context, the peshmerga forces have been made available to the defense of the Kurdistan Region and also those areas of contention, of Kurdish majority, like Kirkuk, in order to protect the Kurdish people and to guarantee freedom and democracy, as well as the huge energy resources in the area, despite the lack of financial support from Baghdad.
The Presidency and the Kurdistan Regional Government have repeatedly said that the main priority at the moment is not to occupy any territory, but rather to defend the rule of law and peaceful settlement of the situation at the political level. In this way, the Prime Minister Al Maliki should step aside to allow the restoration of peace and the building of a new Iraq.
Actually, there is a tripartite division of Iraq, so that the Kurdistan Region is almost completely detached from the rest of Iraq, having been formed in the middle of another entity governed by the forces of ISIS. In this context, if it is not possible to form a government of national unity, where is fully applied the Iraqi constitution, the country will evaluate the possibility of detaching completely. In this regard, the President of the Region, Masoud Barzani asked the Parliament to start organizing a referendum on 'independence.
In this context, the support of the international community is crucial, especially to deal with the humanitarian emergency in progress. In fact, the Kurdistan Region is offering shelter and assistance to refugees from the rest of Iraq, which are adding up to the Syrian refugees, to the Christians persecuted in the rest of Iraq and in the Middle East and to all Iraqis tired of instability and lack of security in Iraq.
And the support of the international community and in the specific case of Italy is very important to protect the path of democracy led by the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Dr. Aitala has highlighted the importance of the Kurdistan Region and the role it is playing in Iraq in this delicate moment in the defense of its territory and population, avoiding the expansion of the forces of ISIS, in maintaining stability and humanitarian assistance to refugees. Then, he pointed out the need to establish a government that represents all components existing in Iraq. It took note of the proposal made by Mrs. Kader to organize the visit of an Italian delegation as sign of support to the people, even of the Christian religion and those who fight for the values of freedom and democracy.