Posted on September 4, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics
Hassan Danaeifar, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq. Photo: Presstv.ir
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An Iranian delegation was in Sulaimani on Saturday to meet with opposing factions of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and ease tensions among party members over future decision-making.
The six-member delegation, which included Tehran’s ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaeifar, held two separate meetings with party members to discuss divisions and urge a resolution to internal disputes.
The delegation met with Deputy Secretary-Generals Kosrat Rasul and Barham Salih, who along with a number of other members of the PUK’s politburo and leadership council, announced a new party ‘decision center’ on Thursday, and called for the formation of a legitimate party congress, NRt reported.
A PUK member who was aware of the discussions held in one meeting said the delegation asked party officials to voice their issues and what actions they would take.
The intermediaries reportedly did not express any suggestions, but urged party leaders to avoid escalating disputes, and instead reach a compromise through dialogue.
Internal PUK divisions became evident Friday after one faction in the party responded to the announcement of a new decision-making body that would determine the legitimacy of party policies.
Politburo head Mala Bakhtiyar, member Hero Ibrahim Ahmed and others released a statement following a meeting in Sulaimani that said anybody formed outside of the party’s established regulations would be deemed illegitimate.
The statement was in response to an announcement the previous day by another faction in the party – that included Rasul and Salih – that a new decision-making center would be the only legitimate producer of PUK policy.