Pres­i­dent Barzani meets party lead­ers

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with sev­eral Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties that did not par­tic­i­pate in the last five meet­ings that were held to solve the cur­rent im­passe over the dis­puted pres­i­dency of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, many is­sues were dis­cussed in­clud­ing the threats to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, the pres­i­dency is­sues, the rea­son be­hind the pres­i­dency is­sues and the mech­a­nisms of find­ing so­lu­tions for them. The sides agreed on the fol­low­ings points:

First: Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity is­sues, a na­tional so­lu­tion has to be re­sorted to for end­ing the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

Sec­ond: All the po­lit­i­cal par­ties should par­tic­i­pate in the process of solv­ing na­tional is­sues.

Third: The per­sis­tence of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties on their de­mands will dam­age Kur­dish achieve­ments.

Fourth: All the po­lit­i­cal sides and peo­ple are free in ex­press­ing their views on the cur­rent is­sues.

Fifth: In or­der for the Par­lia­ment to be able to run its tasks ef­fec­tively, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties have to send their de­ci­sion­mak­ing peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the fu­ture rounds of talks.

Sixth: Main­tain­ing the cri­sis and ig­nor­ing na­tional con­sen­sus prin­ci­ples in solv­ing the is­sues will have neg­a­tive in­flu­ences on Kur­dis­tan.

Sev­enth: Pesh­merga's role in fight­ing against the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ists is highly ap­pre­ci­ated. All the sides de­manded the im­prove­ment of fi­nan­cial con­di­tions of Pesh­merga fight­ers.

Barzani’s Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) has asked for an ex­ten­sion to his pres­i­dency, cit­ing the war with ISIS and the grind­ing eco­nomic cri­sis. The iconic Kur­dish leader has been pres­i­dent since 2005; an ex­ten­sion would be his sec­ond since 2013.

The is­sue has po­lar­ized po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the Re­gion's al­ready fac­tional par­lia­ment.

The five main po­lit­i­cal par­ties have held five meet­ings this month try- ing to reach a con­sen­sus on the is­sue of the pres­i­dency.

On Wed­nes­day, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties agreed on 13 points re­gard­ing the pres­i­dency of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The out­come of the meet­ing was de­scribed as very pos­i­tive by Fuad Hus­sein, Barzani’s chief of staff, in a tele­vised press con­fer­ence.

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