KDP-PUK lead­ers dis­cuss cur­rent is­sues

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

The polit­bu­reau of the two lead­ing Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) and the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK), met in Er­bil on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 9th to dis­cuss cur­rent po­lit­i­cal is­sues and ex­change ideas.

The meet­ing was headed by the leader of KDP and Re­gion’s Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani and at­tended by the ma­jor­ity of the polit­bu­reau mem­bers of both par­ties. The two par­ties is­sued a joint state­ment re­gard­ing the topics ad­dressed and de­ci­sions taken dur­ing the meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the joint state­ment, one of the topics was the Euro­pean tour of Pres­i­dent Barzani and his meet­ings with the lead­ers of some Euro­pean coun­tries. An­other topic of the meet­ing was the visit of the PUK’s polit­bu­reau del­e­ga­tion to the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran and their meet­ings about is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est, the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal crises and the ex­pected re­sul­tant neg­a­tive im­pacts on Iraq, Kur­dis­tan and the whole re­gion.

The third topic was the joint vis­its by Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani and Dr. Barham Salih to all the three op­po­si­tion par­ties. An­other topic of the meet­ing was re­gard­ing the re­sponse of the Iraqi Na­tional Al­liance Bloc to the mem­o­ran­dum raised to them from the Kur­dis­tani po­lit­i­cal groups. It was dis­cussed that the re­sponse was de­layed for a long time and that there were se­ri­ous ar­gu­ments about the re­sponses of the Iraqi Na­tional Al­liance.

It was sug­gested that Pres­i­dent Barzani meets with lead­ers of the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties and dis­cuss th­ese is­sues prior to send­ing any re­ply to the Iraqi Na­tional Al­liance. “This is due to our keen­ness to­wards our part­ner­ship and joint strug­gle for lib­er­at­ing Iraq from this deep cri­sis and sav­ing the po­lit­i­cal process from its cur­rent freez­ing state as a re­sult of the fail­ure by the Iraqi government’s prime min­is­ter to com­mit to the con­sti­tu­tion and the po­lit­i­cal agree­ments be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” reads the state­ment.

Kirkuk and other Kur­dis­tani ar­eas out­side the bor­ders of the re­gion was dis­cussed by both par­ties. The dis­cus­sion was about the ten­sions and “un­wanted sit­u­a­tion” cre­ated as a re­sult of a num­ber of “wrong” de­ci­sions by the fed­eral government to es­tab­lish the Di­jla Op­er­a­tions Com- mand. The at­ten­dants of the meet­ing dis­cussed the im­pacts of Di­jla’s op­er­a­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cre­at­ing a se­cu­rity vac­uum in Kirkuk province in gen­eral and Kirkuk’s city cen­ter in par­tic­u­lar, which paved the way for the in­flow of ter­ror­ists and ter­ror­iz­ing the ci­ti­zens of Kirkuk through con­duct­ing a se­ries of ter­ror­ist ac­tions and bomb­ings.

The two par­ties de­cided to es­tab­lish a spe­cial­ized com­mit­tee to is­sue reg­u­la­tions and pro­ce­dures for coun­ter­act­ing the in­sur­gen­cies and prevent­ing fur­ther acts of in­sur­gency and ter­ror­ism; as well as re­solv­ing the prob­lems fac­ing the se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions in the province and sup­port­ing them to pro­tect the safety and se­cu­rity of the ci­ti­zens of th­ese ar­eas.

“It was also de­cided that the sit­u­a­tions of Iraq and the re­gion should be mon­i­tored very care­fully and to be pre­pared for any po­ten­tial sit­u­a­tion or ac­tions.” The last topic of the meet­ing was the con­tin­u­ous demon­stra­tions in the Sunni-pop­u­lated cit- ies and towns of Iraq and their po­ten­tial im­pact on the fu­ture of the coun­try. In ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing the de­mands of the marginal­ized Sun­nis, the pos­si­ble im­pacts of con­tin­u­ing th­ese protests were ex­am­ined.

There was a com­mon agree­ment among the par­tic­i­pants that fail­ure by Prime Min­ster Nuri Ma­liki to re­spond to the de­mands of the demon­stra­tors as the key fac­tor be­hind the con­tin­u­a­tion of the demon­stra­tions.

The KDP and PUK lead­ers dis­cussed the threats this sit­u­a­tion would have through cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for some groups and in­di­vid­u­als, who are against the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq and the coun­try’s re­build­ing process, to de­te­ri­o­rate the sit­u­a­tions fur­ther and harm all the achieve­ments.

“Hence this is­sue needs a col­lec­tive con­sid­er­a­tion and along with other pend­ing po­lit­i­cal is­sues be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, should be ad­dressed and re­solved through a re­spon­si­ble and wise de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.”

A view of a meet­ing be­tween the KDP and PUK polit­bu­reaus mem­bers.

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