President Barzani meets party leaders
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.