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 Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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