KDP encourages parties to unite stance on holding referendum
Ali Hussein, a leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, has announced that his party is planning to meet up with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and other political parties to talk about the referendum and other issues.
Whether the Strategic Agreement, Hussein said, would be cancelled or not both KDP and PUK have lots of points in common. He added that the two parties’ responsibility would draw them into commitment to work on the common points together.
Regarding the recent efforts from the PUK and Gorran Movement to make a political deal, Hussein said the KDP welcomes the rapprochement of the PUK and Gorran—adding that the rapprochement could be helpful for the Kurdistan Region.
Concerning the recent chaos in Iraq, Hussein said: “The chaos that happened in Iraq was not what we wanted. We, as the Kurds, have been calling for a real partnership in a united Iraq. This political division and chaos is a message for all the components of Iraq as well as the international community too. The international community thinks that Iraq is a united country. After the recent mess, the Kurdish leadership has to think of its destiny and make a definitive decision about holding a referendum for independence.”
Hussein said that the KDP and PUK should improve the strategic agreement, as both KDP and PUK can be complementary of each other in many sectors.
In its last leadership meeting, the KDP stressed speeding up efforts to conduct a referendum. Hussein called on other political parties to unite together around the referendum.
Hussein said that there are politicians inside both PUK and Gorran who know very well that any agreement against other political parties will end in frivolity. He said that any new agreement between the parties should be based on an effort to unite their stances further.
Hussein further said that the KDP is an effective party in the Kurdistan Region and that it has a role to play in bringing the parties together. He said that his party has already started efforts to build internal reform as well. The KDP has recently formed a committee aimed at making internal reforms, replacing some officials while closing a number of party offices.