March 3 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has visited the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan this Thursday and has assured that he sees “very possible” an “important progress” in the area, after having also visited Baghdad in the previous days.
“The UN is together with the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan region to help build the better future they deserve,” he remarked during a press conference, although he stressed that “action today” is necessary to achieve “a better tomorrow” “.
During his talks on the area’s relationship with Baghdad, he confirmed the need to change the essence of the relationship between the two regions “from constant crisis management to a more structured, institutionalized and fruitful dialogue.”
“There are several aspects that require an agreement,” he explained, “including the federal budget for 2023 and the oil and gas law, stronger security cooperation, the rapid implementation of the Sinjar agreement and the finalization of the Kirkuk dialogue”.
Guterres has shared his optimistic vision for the region: “In my conversations here and in Baghdad I have felt a genuine commitment to move forward, and I encourage everyone to translate this commitment into a reality.”
For this, he added, it is of vital importance to advance in the postponed parliamentary elections this year: “Good management, respect for Human Rights, as well as inclusive electoral and political processes, are the basis of prosperous stability and diversity Diverse and even opposing points of view, as well as constructive criticism, are the essence of any democracy.”