Kurdish National Conference postponed once again
The conference is regarded as a historic move in unifying Kurdish policy in the light of rapid change in the region
The Kurdish National Conference preparatory committee has decided to reschedule the conference for a second time. The conference is now expected to be held after the upcoming Kurdish parliamentary elections.
It was previously scheduled for September 15, but arguments over the number of the seats demanded by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) led to an initial delay. The conference has now been rescheduled for November 25.
Although several meeting have been held, it appears that the committee has been unable to resolve the seat allocation problem.
The PKK has demanded that the vast majority of seats should be allocated to the Kurdish parties in Turkey and Syria.
In a statement, the com- mittee reports that the political parties also say that it would be better to delay the event in the light of the upcoming parliamentary election.
The conference’s primary aim is to gather together the Kurdish parties from across the Middle East. The Kurds are regarded as the only major nation in the region that does not have an independent state of its own. However, some foreign political analysts regard the upcoming conference as an important move towards the formation of a Kurdish state, and the Iraqi government and the neighboring countries that are home to large Kurdish minorities will definitely be keeping a close eye on the conference and what is discussed there.
President Barzani of the Kurdistan Region attended the first meeting of the preparation committee on August 22, 2013. Almost all the major Kurdish political parties in all four parts of Greater Kurdistan are represented on the committee.