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The Kurdish politician, Mahmoud Othman, confirmed today, Wednesday (August 30, 2023), that the disintegration and disagreements between the Kurdish parties have cast a shadow over the status of the Kurdistan region.
Othman said in an interview with "Baghdad Today", that "the disintegration, disagreements and continuous conflicts between the Kurdish parties, especially between the two main ruling parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union, harmed the interests of the region and weakened its position."
He added, "If the Kurdish parties were unified, as was the case in previous years, the situation in the region would have been better and their position in Baghdad stronger, because the division affected the rights of Kurdish citizens and led to a weakening of the Kurdish voice in Baghdad."
The advisor to the presidency of the former Kurdistan Region Parliament and a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Mahmoud Khoshnaw, said last Wednesday (August 23, 2023) that there is a political vacuum in the region, while warning of the consequences of the current situation.
Call for democrat
And Khoshnaw said in an interview with "Baghdad Today", that "the two major parties in the Kurdistan region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union, are facing great challenges and are going through deep differences, warning against going to a political rupture between the two sides."
He added, "The continuation of the situation as it is is not in the interest of anyone and harms the Kurdish citizen, stressing the need for the Democratic Party to meet the calls of the President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Pavel Jalal Talabani, to solve problems, and the Democrat must respond to these initiatives and move away from the language of escalation."
For months, meetings have been held between the two Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party "Party" and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan "Yekti", in order to "resolve the differences", but so far, this has not happened, despite the successive announcements of reaching "understandings" in the Kurdish arena. Especially since these differences coincide with the imminent elections for the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, as well as the provincial council elections in Iraq, which threatens the presence of Kurdish parties in the disputed areas.
On July 9, 2023, a new meeting was held that brought together prominent leaders of the two parties, while the National Union Party was represented by its president, Pavel Talabani, Kosrat Rasul, and Jaafar Sheikh Muhammad, while the Democratic Party was attended by Fadel Mirani, Mahmoud Muhammad, Hoshyar Zebari, and Siddad Muhammad.
The most intense
negotiating meeting, which was hosted by the Salah al-Din resort in Erbil, did not yield positive results, according to the statements that followed, as the dispute appeared to be more intense than before, after a series of accusations exchanged by leaders of the two parties through the media and in press statements.
The last meeting, according to sources within the KDP, came as a continuation of a previous meeting held by the two parties last June.
Immediately after the meeting ended, the head of the Patriotic Union, Pavel Talabani, came out with a press conference in which he confirmed that the meeting was good, but indicated that his party "will not remain silent," and these messages were read by observers as "addressed to the Kurdistan Democratic Party."
Talabani said, "Irresponsible actions and words will not affect us, and we are continuing and trying to reach an agreement," warning that the National Union Party "will not remain silent from today onwards, and whatever happens, it will be reciprocated."
the Democratic Party, it tried to ease the tension through the statement of its leader, Fadel Mirani, who disavowed the accusations leveled by a member of his party to the Union, as he said that “a person from the Democratic Party made a statement that caused the National Union to be disturbed, and this statement It does not officially represent the party's policy."
Mirani said: "We did not deal with the Patriotic Union on the basis of the number of seats, but rather according to the interest of the region," noting that "his party will try to solve these problems in the upcoming meetings."