INA - BAGHDAD
Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi called on Monday, for the formation of a committee that includes representatives from all parties to develop a road map for a solution.
"I am addressing you as we have entered the sacred month of Muharram. The month of sacrifice, patience, wisdom and rationality," said Al-Kadhimi in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency - INA.
He added, "Our dear Iraq is witnessing great political tension that may threaten - God forbid if the wise do not interfere - with dire consequences, and while we have taken all necessary measures to control the situation, maintain security, and prevent wasting Iraqi blood, we call on all parties to calm down and reduce escalation, to start an initiative for a solution on national grounds, calling on everyone not to be drawn into accusations, the language of treason, the instigation of hostility and hatred between the Brotherhood in the same country."
Al-Kadhimi called on all parties to sit at the a of a national dialogue to reach a political solution to the current crisis, under the roof of Iraqi synergy and the mechanisms of national dialogue.
He addressed the protesters saying, "Your message is clear, your commitment to calm and organization is a duty. It is appreciated, and it is now time to discuss the mechanisms for launching a reform project agreed upon by the various national parties. I am certain that in Iraq there is enough rationality and courage to move forward with a national project that will come out. The country is recovering from its current crisis. The political forces must assume their national and legal responsibility, as the caretaker government has carried out all its duties despite exceeding the time limit set by the constitutional timings to form a new government, which is a constitutional breach, and with all that, we were and are still ready to provide all assistance to reach a solution that is satisfactory to all, and in a manner that preserves social peace, the stability of state institutions and the interests of the people."
"From this point of view, and in the interest of the state and its institutions, in order to spare the Iraqi blood, and out of respect for the sanctity of these days, I call on all parties to adopt an atmosphere of calm and support the state's institutions through the following:
1- The protesting brothers must cooperate with the security forces, respect state institutions, evacuate them, and abide by public order.
2- The security forces must defend public and private properties, official institutions, and prevent any attack on them by all legal means.
3- Calling for a national dialogue through the formation of a committee that includes representatives of all parties to draw up a road map for a solution.