Sunnis propose deal with new PM
Radio New Zealand
August 15, 2014 7:00 pm
Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq have said they are ready to work with the new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, and fight against the Islamic State (IS) group as long as his government restores Sunni rights.
At a news conference, one tribal leader called for a referendum on more autonomy for Sunni areas.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, deputy prime minister, Qubad Talabani, said it’s vital to win the support of Sunnis if the IS is to be beaten.
The mainly Shia Muslim government is locked in a fight with IS, an extreme Sunni group leading an insurrection in the north.
Fighting has flared up in mainly Sunni Anbar province, west of Baghdad, parts of which have been under IS control, the BBC reports.
In New York, the UN slapped sanctions on IS and another group.
The Security Council unanimously passed a resolution naming six people associated with IS or the Syria-based Nusra Front, who will be subject to an international travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.