Saadullah Masudian, Consul-General of Iran to Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: NRT
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Consul-General of Iran to Sulaimani city denied an Iranian delegation came to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to mediate on divisions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Consul-General Saadullah Masudian told reporters in Sulaimani on Sunday Iran has played a role in ending internal issues and conflict in the PUK but denied news of a special delegation from Tehran.
Masudian said Iranian authorities have “seriously” worked to calm down conflict in both wings of the PUK.
“The news of a special delegation coming from Tehran is not true but we have used our ability as a consulate to calm the situation down,” Masudian said.
The consul-general denied PUK officials, split into two groups, visited Iran to hold meetings there on the remaining issues in the party. Masudian said the PUK has its own leadership to resolve issues without external intervention.
An Iranian delegation was in Sulaimani on Saturday to ease tensions among opposing factions in the PUK over future decision-making, NRT reported.
A PUK member who was aware of discussions held in one meeting said the Iranian delegation asked party officials to voice their issues over which action to take.
Internal PUK divisions became evident Friday after one faction in the party responded to theannouncement 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 – which included Deputy Secretary-Generals Kosrat Rasul and Barham Salih – that a new decision-making center would be the only legitimate producer of PUK policy.