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 Leading Iraqi Kurdish MP calls for dialogue to settle differences among Kurdish Parties

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Leading Iraqi Kurdish MP calls for dialogue to settle differences among Kurdish Parties  2.2.2011  

February 2, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The Legislature from north Iraq's Kurdistan Coalition, Mahmoud Othman, has called on different Kurdish ruling and opposition parties to settle their differences through dialogue and to keep away from tension, in order to treat the problems, according to a statement issued by his office on Wednesday.

The sudden statement, issued by the opposition, Gorran (Change), Movement, calling to dissolve the (Kurdistan) Parliament and government and to link the situation in Kurdistan with what happened in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries, had created strong and broad reactions by the Presidency of Kurdistan, its Parliament, government, parties and other forces, thing that created tension, anxiety and fear among citizens," the statement, copy of which landed in Aswat al-Iraq news agency said

The Kurdish opposition Gorran (Change) Movement had issued a statement on 29/1/2011, demanding to dissolve Kurdistan Region's government and parliament, and to carry out political, administrative reforms, as well as the treatment of the corruption problem.         

Dr Mahmoud Othman, the Legislature from north Iraq's Kurdistan Coalition.
All this necessitates leaning to dialogue inside the Parliament and among parties, government and opposition, on the level of leaderships and decision-makers, and to keep away from using the mass media, the street and all what complicates the situation and undermines our experience and serves the forces that are lurging us and don't wish us success," Othman said

Noteworthy is that 19 parties and political movements in Kurdistan had rejected, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Kurdistan Region's President, Massoud Barzani, last Sunday, the call of the Gorran Movement to dissolve the Region's government and parliament,
www.ekurd.netstressing that any attempt to achieve reform and change must take within the framework of "political and legal legitimacy," as well as rejecting any effort that "will undermine the security situation and the peaceful coexistence among the Kurdistan people's components

The Kurdistan Parties meeting and their rejection of Gorran Movements demands, took place after one day from the date of the Movement's statement, led by the former leader, who split from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President, Massoud Barzani, Nawshirwan Mustafa, demanding to dissolve the Region's government and parliament, and to prepare the astmospheres for "free elections within a period not exceeding three months, and to return the properties, used by both ruling parties and government officials (to their owners), the withdrawal of the Region's constitution and laws, and to raise them to the next parliament

Gorran enjoys wide support in Kurdistan region, Gorran emerged in regional elections in 2009 as a rival to the two main ruling Kurdish parties and won 25 seats in the parliament. Gorran is challenging Talabani's PUK and the KDP of regional president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of corruption.

The Gorran headed by the former senior PUK-leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, who was Talabani’s deputy until 2007. Since the July 2009 elections in which it secured almost a third of the seats of 111-member Parliament of Kurdistan.

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