KDP-PUK leaders discuss current issues
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.