Key Kur­dish Na­tional Con­fer­ence Set For Au­gust 24

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An im­por­tant Kur­dish Na­tional Con­fer­ence, whose aim is to gather all Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal groups and set a roadmap for the Mid­dle East’s 30 mil­lion Kurds, will con­vene in Er­bil on Au­gust 24.

Com­mit­tees set up to or­ga­nize the Na­tional Con­fer­ence de­cided the date of the con­fer­ence in a meet­ing on Thurs­day.

The com­mit­tees will not play any role in de­ci­sion-mak­ing and are only as­signed to set the agenda and pro­ce­dures of the con­fer­ence.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives and lead­ers of 39 Kur­dish par­ties from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Tur­key on July 25 to dis­cuss the Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

The aim of the meet­ing is said to be to draw a roadmap for the fu­ture of Kurds in the Mid­dle East and build closer re­la­tions be­tween all par­ties.

“The Kurds aim to say through this con­fer­ence that, as a peo­ple who have gone through per­se­cu­tion and geno­cide, they have the same right as ev­ery other na­tion to de­cide their own fu­ture, based on demo­cratic prin­ci­ples and co­ex­is­tence,” for­mer par­lia­ment speaker

Ke­mal Kirkuki said in an ar­ti­cle for Ru­daw last week.

The meet­ing takes place as Kurds in Syria and Tur­key face ma­jor po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments, with Syr­ian Kurds con­tem­plat­ing au­ton­omy for their ar­eas and Kurds in Tur­key in the mid­dle of a his­tor­i­cal peace process with Ankara.

All Kur­dish par­ties have wel­comed the ini­tia­tive and ap­pointed their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to at­tend the con­fer­ence, in­clud­ing Kur­dish op­po­si­tion groups, which are cur- rently locked in hot rows with the Kur­dish Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) over the draft con­sti­tu­tion and elec­tion law.

“Our group has al­ready ap­pointed a del­e­ga­tion to at­tend the con­fer­ence,” Muham­mad Rauf, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the op­po­si­tion Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union (KIU), told Ru­daw.

Rauf said that po­lit­i­cal dis­putes should not come in the way of such an im­por­tant con­fer­ence to ad­dress the Kur­dish ques­tion in the re­gion. “The con­fer­ence has noth­ing to do with the cur­rent in­ter­nal prob­lems,” he said.

The Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic League (Ko­mal) had an­nounced it would boy­cott the con­fer­ence, but it said on Thurs­day that it has de­cided to­gether with the Is­lamic Union to send a joint del­e­ga­tion.

Ru­daw

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