KDP-PUK meet: Iraq near collapse; Kurdistan entitled to referendum
Kurds will remain united and neutral in the deepening tensions in the Iraqi Parliament, KDP and PUK say
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) held a bilateral meeting on Saturday, chaired by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Iraq which has led to tensions in the parliament, reiterating that Kurds are united in the face of the current situation and they seek a peaceful solution to the disputes.
In a joint statement released after the meeting, KDP and PUK blamed the successive Iraqi governments for failing to implement the constitution and establish a true democracy in Iraq. They warned that the current deepening tensions may adversely affect the political situation in Iraq as well as the war against the Islamic State (IS).
The Kurdish parties stressed out that even the Iraqi governments that followed after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, disappointed the Kurds by not only violating their rights, but also creating obstacles for their national, economic and constitutional rights.
They pointed out that the Kurdish representatives in the Iraqi parliament have been developing peaceful policies designed by the Kurdish leadership in Erbil, “and they remain united and neutral amid the growing political crisis in Baghdad.”
KDP and PUK made it clear that Kurdish political parties are ready to resume negotiations, in accordance to a prior multilateral agreement between Kurdish political parties, with the Iraqi government in Baghdad, aiming to find a drastic solution to the prolonged Erbil-Bagh- dad disputes.
Concerning the anticipated referendum on Kurdish independence, the two main Kurdish parties stressed out that self-determination is a natural right of Kurds, and the Kurdish leadership will certainly negotiate with the Iraqi government upon the initial steps Kurds take toward a referendum.