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 Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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