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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 BAGHDAD 002436 SIPDIS NOFORN E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/07/2025 TAGS: PGOV, PREL, KDEM, IZ, Kurdish Alliance, Parliament SUBJECT: TEXT OF PRESIDENT TALABANI'S NON-PAPER TO PM JAFARI REF: BAGHDAD 2427 Classified By: Charge d'Affaires James F. Jeffrey for reason 1.4 (b) 1. (C) Below is the full text of President Talabani's non-paper to Prime Minister Jafari; referred to in REFTEL. 2. (C) BEGIN TEXT: His Excellency the Prime Minister Dr. Ibrahim al-Jafari With Greetings and Respect, The Kurdish Alliance - an equal partner in the Unified Coalition of Iraq - has noticed with much regret that in forming the Government in accordance with the Protocol of Agreement between the two sides, you have departed from some of the most important provisions of the agreement and violated some of the most important articles of the TAL. Your Excellency, it has been noticed that you are clearly acting unilaterally and avoiding the content and spirit of the agreement concluded between the Alliance and the Coalition as well as the TAL which should prevail until the completion of the permanent constitution. While we are summarizing to your Excellency our remarks, we look forward from now on to conformity with the facts in accordance with the Law and the provisions of the Agreement for the sake of continued brotherhood and cooperation between us in order not to be forced to use our rights in accordance with Article (2) of the Protocol of Agreement because we can not keep silent and accept the imposed status quo which is contrary to the Law and the Agreement. First: You have omitted from the oath performed by the Ministers a very important and a principal provision, which is "its Democratic and Unionist system." Second: Your speech did not mention Federalism and Kurdistan, the great martyrs, and the crimes of Anfal committed against the people of Iraqi Kurdistan while it included language and detailed phrases about simple matters. Third: Your long speech did not mention and condemn the policies of ethnic cleansing and the necessity of removing its impact as well as the implementation of Article 58 of the TAL. Fourth: You have announced important appointments without referring in advance to the Cabinet and the Presidency of the Republic and even without consulting with them. You have appointed Mr. Laith Kubba as a Spokesman for the Transitional Government without the agreement of the more important party in the Coalitionan despite the fact that he (Mr. Kubba) is known for his chauvinistic and antagonistic position towards Federalism as well as his provocative statements in America against the rights of the Kurdish people which were confirmed by the TAL, despite Mr. Kubba's antagonistic position towards the political parties of the Iraqi opposition and his promotion of deceiving concepts with the Americans, which caused them to commit the mistakes we are still suffering from. Also, the appointment of a member of the Da'wa party at the rank of a minister without the advance approval of the cabinet and the Presidency of the Republic. Fifth: You have created nine ministerial committees totally connected to your Excellency thus transforming the deputy prime ministers to ministers of state without work or functions despite your knowledge that Dr. Rowsch Nouri Shaways represents the second list in the National Assembly and the second nationality of the Iraqi people. This is considered an aggression on the rights of the representatives of the Kurdish people and national consensus. Sixth: You have limited, without legal justification and any rights, the authorities of Dr. Barham Ahmed Salih who is the Minister of Planning and International Development and confiscated half of his rights instead of adding other rights as agreed with the Coalition on the day of the formation of the Government. Dear Respected Brother, We come now to your legal violations: First: You are ignoring the fact that the Prime Ministry is part of the Government. Instead, you are acting as if you are the Government and you are limiting its authority to yourself alone, which is a clear violation of the provisions of Article 24 stipulating the following: Article 24: (A) The Iraqi Transitional Government, which is also referred to in this Law as the federal government, shall consist of the National Assembly; the Presidency Council; the Council of Ministers, including the Prime Minister; and the judicial authority. (B) The three authorities, legislative, executive, and judicial, shall be separate and independent of one another. (C) No official or employee of the Iraqi Transitional Government shall enjoy immunity for criminal acts committed while in office. Article 25 stipulates the following: The Iraqi Transitional Government shall have exclusive competence in the following matters: (A) Formulating foreign policy and diplomatic representation; negotiating, signing, and ratifying international treaties and agreements; formulating foreign economic and trade policy and sovereign debt policies; (B) Formulating and executing national security policy, including creating and maintaining armed forces to secure, protect, and guarantee the security of the country's borders and to defend Iraq; (C) Formulating fiscal policy, issuing currency, regulating customs, regulating commercial policy across regional and governorate boundaries in Iraq, drawing up the national budget of the State, formulating monetary policy, and establishing and administering a central bank; (D) Regulating weights and measures and formulating a general policy on wages; (E) Managing the natural resources of Iraq, which belongs to all the people of all the regions and governorates of Iraq, in consultation with the governments of the regions and the administrations of the governorates, and distributing the revenues resulting from their sale through the national budget in an equitable manner proportional to the distribution of population throughout the country, and with due regard for areas that were unjustly deprived of these revenues by the previous regime, for dealing with their situations in a positive way, for their needs, and for the degree of development of the different areas of the country; (F) Regulating Iraqi citizenship, immigration, and asylum; and (G) Regulating telecommunications policy. Is this the way you advise everybody that the Government is composed of the Presidency of the State, the Presidency of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, and that settling and prescribing the policies of the Government are among the duties and authorities of the three branches and not the Prime Minister alone. The Government Statement 1- The Government statement prescribes the public policy of the Government. The three branches of the Government have the right to see, discuss and approve public policy before it is presented to the National Assembly. However you ignored all of this and did it alone. 2- The Government statement did not mention Article 58 of the TAL as well as the suffering of the Kurdish people as a result of the ethnic cleansing policy. 3- In preparing the Statement you violated the principle of agreement in accordance with paragraph (2) of Article (1) and paragraph (5), which necessitates political agreement before taking principal political, security, economic and administrative decisions. 4- The Government Statement did not mention: the full implementation of Article 58 of the TAL leading to the determination of administrative affiliations of disputed areas including the Governorate of Kirkuk, as stipulated in paragraph (1) of (Fourth). 5- The Government Statement ignored Article (3) of the Agreement between the Unified Coalition and the Kurdish Alliance. Regarding Kirkuk It appears from the Government Statement and your clear practical approval in your decisions regarding stopping payment of the amount approved by the former Government of Kirkuk that your Excellency is practically taking an opposing view contrary, if not antagonistic, to the rights of the Kurdish people regarding Kirkuk. 1- Your Government Statement did not mention the necessity of the full implementation of Article 58 as stipulated in paragraph (1) of (Fourth). 2- Your Excellency's violation of the following text stated in paragraph (2) of the (Fourth): "The Transitional Government, within a period not exceeding one month, shall activate the normalization procedures including providing funds to finance the Commission for the Normalization of the situation in Kirkuk and the Commission for Property Disputes." 3- Instead of implementing the above-mentioned text, you have decided haphazardly and unilaterally to stop payment of the amount approved for Kirkuk by the former Governorate of Kirkuk without consulting the Council of Ministers or the Presidency of the State. Ignoring the issue of Kirkuk is in our view a very serious matter, and a clear violation of the agreement concluded between the Coalition and the Alliance and a clear violation of the TAL and the Alliance could not keep silent concerning this imposed status quo, let alone accepting it. END TEXT. 3. (U) Minimize considered for REOs Basrah, Hillah, Kirkuk, and Mosul. Jeffrey
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