In an interview with Al Arabiya, Talabani commented on the controversy between the Kurdistan Province Government and the Central Iraqi Government over the latter’s formation of the Tigris Operations’ Command to operate in the disputed area between the Kurds and the Central Government. Talabani described such formation as a violation to his powers because declaring a State of Emergency cannot be announced without his consent or the prime minister’s – and the president did not issue his.
He explained that the commander of the Iraqi Commander of the Ground Forces Lieutenant General Ali Ghaidan issued a decision putting Police Forces and all local forces and the Army under the command of the Tigris Operations’ Command, which is a declaration of the State of Emergency as he said.
Talabani said Maliki doesn’t want to declare war and he isn’t able to do it. However he described this step as an uncalculated and improvised step that might lead to a reaction from the Kurdish side, and any incident might turn into a conflict that is better avoided.
The Kurdish-Shiite coalition criticized
Amids such tension, speculations arose about the possibility of creating a crack in the Kurdish-Turkish coalition, but Talabani described the relationship as historic, logical and uprooted in society since the era of British occupation, continuing throughout the royal era, the opposition era, and present day. He said this coalition is not a religious based alliance. It is a Kurdish-Arab alliance as well as a Sunni-Shiite alliance, since Kurds are Sunnis. It is also a coalition between the north, central, and south of the country, and cannot be destabilized by people who do not understand history nor the facts.