Iraqi Federal Government and Kurdistan Autonomous Region to jointly manage airports and borders

nsnbc : Delegations from Iraq’s Federal Government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have agreed to jointly manage airports in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region (KAR) said KRG Minister of Transportation and Communication, Mawlud Bawa Murad.

al-Sulaymaniyah Airport_KAR_IraqMurad told reporters on Monday that the points agreed upon by the delegations would be given to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for approval. “There is a good understanding to resolve the issues on the basis of Iraqi constitution,” Murad added.

A delegation from the federal Iraqi government arrived in Erbil on Monday to hold talks with the Kurdish officials to discuss the issues of the airports, border crossings and dams. The visit of the Iraqi government’s delegation came after a Kurdish delegation headed by the KRG minister of interior visited Baghdad on Saturday.

The visit was the first ministerial level meeting since the outbreak of the crisis following the controversial referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region on September 25, 2017.

The international airports of Erbil and Sulaimani will reportedly come under “Iraqi Civil Aviation Law” and will follow all instructions and regulations released by the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA). Under the agreement, the two airports will follow the directions of the ICAA with regard to inbound and outbound flights and will not allow “any airplane to land or take off without the approval of the Civil Aviation.”

The delegates proposed that the ICAA will assign permanent representatives from the air transport and air safety department to the airports. Erbil and Sulaimani airports will also follow the fee system introduced by Iraq in 2008 and will provide their monthly revenue data to the ICAA. There will also be monthly meetings between the ICAA and the airport directors in order to ensure communication and resolve problems.

“A coordinator will be assigned from the Erbil and Sulaimani airports to facilitate communication with the Civil Aviation Authority,” the minutes explained, adding that the coordinator will have a permanent presence in the ICAA.

The two sides will present these recommendations to the Iraqi government for approval, the minutes read, adding that some of the teams present on Monday have yet to finish their work, and will file their reports with Baghdad when ready.

F/AK – nsnbc 16.01.2018

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