House of Commons
THE POSITION OF KURDS IN IRAQ
EDM #1719
Tabled 17 October 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House expresses its relief that relations between the Kurds in Iraq and the federal Government in Baghdad appear to be improving after the failed attempt to blockade and dissolve the Kurdistan Regional Government following its people's overwhelming support for the principle of negotiated independence in a referendum in September 2017; accepts that the process of forming a new Government has yet to be finalised but that the leading contender, Adel Abdul Mahdi, is a more emollient figure who fought alongside the Peshmerga against Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and resigned on principle when his plans for a sustainable deal between Erbil and Baghdad on oil and gas was rejected by the then Iraqi Prime Minister; hopes that he, the Kurds and others can implement the federal constitution that protects the rights of the Kurds which, if it had been done from its acceptance in an Iraqi referendum in 2005, would have forestalled a vote on independence; and wishes all well in finally moving towards a fully federal Iraq with a strong Kurdistan Regional Government.