KDP and PUK re­solve dis­putes by re­view­ing their strate­gic agree­ment

The peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan want the KDP and PUK to pro­vide po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity by uni­fy­ing their stances and put aside their dif­fer­ences.

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion might wit­ness a new po­lit­i­cal al­liance and the peo­ple hope to see po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity. Se­nior lead­ers of the KDP and PUK ap­peared to­gether and ended months of cold ac­cu­sa­tions.

Deputy Head of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Nechir­van Barzani and Head of Polit­buro of Kur­dis­tan Pa­tri­otic Union (PUK) Malla Bakhti­yar con­ducted two press con­fer­ences in Er­bil and Su­laimani, con­firm­ing that the two par­ties will re­new their strate­gic agree­ment and find a mech­a­nism to bring the other dis­puted par­ties to­gether as well.

Do­mes­tic con­cerns

The ma­jor pur­pose of re­new­ing the agree­ment is to con­front the chal­lenges fac­ing Kur­dis­tan.

On his part, Deputy Head of the KDP and Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Prime Min­is­ter, Barzani stated that the two par­ties have agreed to form a high com­mit­tee to re­view the out­stand­ing dis­putes within the pe­riod of one month. It would be led by Barzani from the KDP and Bakhti­yar from the PUK.

The two par­ties had dis­putes re­gard­ing sev­eral do­mes­tic and re­gional is­sues, in­clud­ing Er­bil-Bagh­dad re­la­tions, pol­icy to­wards the Kur­dish par­ties in other coun­tries, es­pe­cially in Syria and Turkey as well as the KRG’s oil pol­icy.

The re­cent meet­ings are con­sid­ered as se­ri­ous ef­forts to come up with so­lu­tions for the dis­putes and work­ing to­gether in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq.

One of the KDP con­cerns has been about multi sources of decision mak­ing inside the PUK, what made the KDP con­fused who it should deal with re­gard­ing the sen­si­tive is­sues. As the sym­bolic PUK leader and founder, Jalal Tal­a­bani, for­mer Iraqi na­tional pres­i­dent, has been in­ca­pac­i­tated by stroke since late 2012, the party se­verely suf­fered from in­ter­nal splits.

Many be­lieve that after Tal­a­bani, Herro Ibrahim, Tal­a­bani’s wife and for­mer Iraqi First Lady, has con­trolled the party and she man­ages a pow­er­ful fac­tion inside the his­toric ri­val of the KDP.

Ibrahim did not at­tend the meet­ing and a PUK polit­buro mem­ber told Kur­dish me­dia that she was abroad.

The Er­bil-Bagh­dad dis­putes

Re­gard­ing the Er­bil- Bagh­dad re­la­tions, Barzani an­nounced that they would work to­gether to re­solve the pend­ing dis­putes with the Iraqi gov­ern­ment.

The Kur­dish par­ties reached dead­lock on which min­istry each party should take in Bagh­dad. After the meet­ing, Barzani con­firmed that the Kur­dish min­is­ters would go back to Bagh­dad and take the oath.

Their min­is­ters were ex­pected to take the oath on Thurs­day ses­sion of the Iraqi Par­lia­ment, but it was post­poned to Satur­day. And a high Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion will visit Bagh­dad once the min­is­ters were in place.

Dif­fer­ences in Pesh­marga role and Ro­java

The KDP and PUK have been at odds after IS on­slaughts on Kur­dis­tan. The PUK ac­cused the KDP to fail de­fend­ing Sin­jar which re­sulted in killing, in­jur­ing and ab­duc­tion of many Kur­dish Yezidi mi­nori­ties.

This has been con­sid­ered as a blem­ish on the KDP’s rep­u­ta­tion in Kur­dis­tan. Mean­while, the KDP ac­cused the PUK for the fre­quent de­feat in Jalawla, Diyala prov­ince.

A KDP source told The Kur­dish Globe the ac­cu­sa­tions from both par­ties reached a level that the of­fi­cials from the two par­ties be­lieved that the strate­gic agree­ment, signed by the lead­ers of the two par­ties in 2007, ended.

As Pesh­marga with­drew from Sin­jar, Kur­dish fight­ers of West of Kur­dis­tan Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Unit, known as YPG, crossed Syr­ian-Kur­dis­tan bor­der and helped Pesh­marga.

The KDP ac­cused the PUK of ex­ploit­ing this is­sue as pro­pa­ganda for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses, but the PUK re­jects the ac­cu­sa­tions.

Now, they are plan­ning to come up with a mu­tual strat­egy re­gard­ing Ro­java and the Kur­dish par­ties in other parts of Kur­dis­tan.

Po­lit­i­cal dis­putes worry peo­ple

Ahmed Aso, aged 35, shop­keeper told The Kur­dish Globe that when­ever the two par­ties are at log­ger­heads with one another, the mar­ket plum­mets by almost 20 to 30 per­cent. How­ever, this time the mar­ket plunge is mostly be­cause of the IS of­fen­sives, he added.

Another man, who was read­ing po­lit­i­cal news in Er­bil’s Na­tional Parks in down­town said that the peo­ple are now more op­ti­mistic that the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are step­ping for­ward to­wards unity and pro­tect­ing the na­tional achieve­ments.

Deputy Head of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Nechir­van Barzani and Head of Polit­buro of Kur­dis­tan Pa­tri­otic Union (PUK) Malla Bakhti­yar con­ducted two press con­fer­ences in Er­bil.

Deputy Head of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Nechir­van Barzani and Head of Polit­buro of Kur­dis­tan Pa­tri­otic Union (PUK) Malla Bakhti­yar con­ducted two press con­fer­ences in Er­bil.

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