Resolving political crisis can't be done through media, says Iraqiya21/05/2012 14:09
BAGHDAD, May 21 (AKnews) - Iraqiya List said today that resolving the current political crisis in the country cannot be done through the media, stressing the need for practical steps to be taken to return the lack of trust between political parties.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday that the current crisis in the country has gone "beyond the reasonable limit". He renewed his commitment to holding the national conference without conditions and called on all political blocs to attend it.
But Iraqiya List leader Hussein al-Shaalan said: "There were meetings of the [national conference's] preparatory committee and we agreed on for the national conference but it was rejected by known party."
Shaalan was commissioned by his bloc to represent it in the preparatory committee for the national conference. He added that many issues will appear later, saying "not everything said is published in the media". He did not reveal further details.
Leader of the Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr and three senior leaders - Massoud Barzani, Ayad Allawi and Osama al-Nujaifi - gave Maliki 15 days to make reforms or else they would withdraw confidence from the PM. The 15-day deadline ended on Thursday last week.
Sadr and representatives from the Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC) and Iraqiya finished their meeting in Sadr house in Najaf on Sunday. The leaders did not find a method for withdrawing confidence from PM Maliki.
The tense relations between the Kurds and Maliki date back to oil contracts, the budget of the regional guard forces and disputed areas. Maliki's differences with Iraqiya meanwhile go back to power sharing.
Maliki has renewed his commitment to the constitution and the agreements between his partners. He said that any conference and any results that emerge should not contradict the constitution.
By Raman Brosk