UNAMI Head Calls for Dialogue amid Iraq’s Political Upheaval

Stop Fundamentalism – UNAMI invited Iraqi political parties to use dialogue as the means to resolve the current political crisis in the country. Meeting with Iraq’s parliament speaker, Osama Al-Nojaifi, Martin Kobler, called on all sides to “find common ground in the spirit of partnership” based on Iraq’s constitution. 

In a statement released following the meeting on Monday by United Nations Assistant Mission in Iraq, the Head of the mission, Martin Kobler, who also serves as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Iraq, supported the idea of a national conference to resolve the situation.

The current crisis in Iraq started when Nouri al-Maliki returned from the United States and after meeting President Obama, following the departure of American forces.

Maliki attempted to make adjustments in the Iraqi government and as the first step he tried to sideline Tareq Al-Hashimi, Vice-President by bringing up terrorism allegations against him; charges that Hashimi categorically denies.

There has been a call from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Nouri al-Maliki for a national conference to resolve the present political crisis.  But many groups are now saying that the location of such conference cannot be Baghdad as many important participants will not be able to attend.

Hashimi is currently in the Iraqi Kurdistan region that has judicial sovereignty separate from Baghdad.

Iraq has also been hit by repeated bomb blasts killing dozens of civilians during recent weeks.