Baghdad / Al-
Akhbariya The Ministry of Finance expressed, on Wednesday, its surprise at the statement of the Council of Ministers of Kurdistan regarding discussions of financial payments, calling on the region to fulfill the constitutional obligations.
A statement by the ministry, a copy of which was received by Al-Akhbariya, stated, “The Federal Ministry of Finance expresses its surprise at the statement issued by the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region today, Wednesday (8/12/2020) about the results of the discussions related to financial payments and the regulation of federal imports and border crossings between the federal government and the regional government. ”
He stressed that “the dialogue has made advanced strides, and since the beginning of the dialogue, the federal government has launched its concern for the rights of the citizens of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and ensuring their salaries are secured, especially after it became clear that the financial payments sent to the Ministry of Finance of the region did not reach all those who deserve it, in addition to receiving requests.” Signed by tens of thousands of regional employees to achieve linking of their salaries through banking mechanisms. ”
He added, “The Ministry of Finance, confirming that the provincial government’s statement lacked the required accuracy in determining the basis of the problem, especially with the great flexibility provided by the federal government to facilitate reaching an agreement that serves the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. At the same time, it indicates that the federal government is within its constitutional rights to secure outlets. Borders, imports control and customs deductions, I put forward the principle of partnership contained in Article 114 (First) of the Constitution to secure control over border crossings in the region. ”
“In this regard, it can be pointed out that the regional government did not show sufficient flexibility to solve this issue, and then try to blame the federal government for financial payments before resolving aspects related to imports, which represents an unacceptable evasion of responsibility, in exchange for the federal government’s keenness,” the statement said. To secure the demands of employees, retirees, and eligible citizens within the legal frameworks and contexts and in a manner that does not allow them to be deducted or wasted. ”
And he indicated that “the basis for the talks was launched within the framework of the letter sent by the Ministry of Finance to the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government No. 802 dated May 19, 2020, which includes the payment of the Ministry of Finance an amount of 400 billion Iraqi dinars for the month of April, and the entry into intensive meetings to reach a final settlement between “The two sides within a period of one month will fundamentally adopt the Federal Financial Management Law, including counting the region’s non-oil imports and checking them before sending any additional financial payments.”
The statement continued, “The regional government agreed to the aforementioned content in the book of the Minister of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government No. 201 on 5/19/2020 and the Ministry of Finance affirms the federal government’s keenness to reach a final settlement on this issue in an amicable and constitutional framework, as it indicates directives. The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stressed the need to find the necessary solutions and to show sufficient flexibility to secure the rights of the Kurdish people who have suffered greatly under difficult health and economic conditions, especially the employee, retired and eligible category.
“In this context, the statement called on the Kurdistan Regional Government to expedite fulfillment of its constitutional obligations and duties and to return to the negotiating table in the service of the public interest.”