PUK presents three proposals to KDP to normalize relations

Milla Bakhtiar: The head of the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)

SULAIMANI (NRT) – Members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) submitted a series of proposals to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Sunday in an effort to calm the region’s political climate, weeks after escalations threatened to destabilize the region.

Senior party leaders met at the home of Nechirvan Barzani (deputy head of KDP) in Erbil and said the meeting had been “positive.”

“Whatever we did against the Change Movement (Gorran) was in reluctance,” Barzani said in a joint statement with the PUK’s politburo head Mala Bakhtiyar. “We were between two options: bad and worse.”

Bakhtiyar said they would not discuss the content of the proposals until they had been presented to the other three major political parties.

According to information NRT obtained from a trusted source close to the issue, the first PUK proposal calls for the Kurdistan Parliament to resume its normal functions.

The second proposal calls for sacked Gorran cabinet ministers and the Parliament Speaker to be reinstated. The third asks for five-party talks on the presidency issue to resume.

Meanwhile, Gorran spokesman Shoresh Haji told NRT that his party has no information about the three proposals presented to the KDP.

“Gorran will resume talks after the Parliament Speaker and ministers return to their positions,” Haji said. “We won’t accept preconditions from anyone, and we will resume talks after the situation is calm.”

Tensions between two of the region’s main parties, KDP and Gorran, reached a high on Oct. 12 when KDP-allied security forces prevented Parliament Speaker Yousif Mohammad and his convoy from entering the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil.

KDP representatives the previous day had informed Gorran ministers not to report to work after protests turned violent in eastern cities and towns.

Senior officials of the KDP have accused Gorran of orchestrating attacks on its party headquarters during demonstrations that turned violent in October.

Source: NRT TV