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EXTENSION OF THE BLOCKADE ON KURDISTANI AIRPORTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 982: tabled on 26 February 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 11 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is outraged that the Iraqi Prime Minister has extended the five month blockade on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region for at least another three months; recognises that this needless blockade is obstructing those who want to travel abroad for medical, family or commercial reasons and especially in the run up to Kurdish New Year, Newroz, on 21 March; further recognises that the Kurdistan Regional Government, in negotiations with Baghdad, is making it clear that it will comply with all its constitutional commitments; fears that the Iraqi Prime Minister is cultivating a strongman image merely to boost his support before the Iraqi elections in May 2018 rather than showing a statesmanlike attitude that can convince Kurds that they will have an honoured and equal place in Iraq according to the rights and responsibilities of the increasingly national federal constitution; and urges the UK Government to urgently redouble their efforts to persuade Baghdad to lift this blockade.