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 Parties Try To Soothe Gorran’s Revolutionary Rage 

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Parties Try To Soothe Gorran’s Revolutionary Rage  8.2.2011  





February 8, 2011

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Despite Gorran’s revolutionary demands for the dissolution of the Kurdish government and parliament, one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s ruling parties has said there is still room for talks between the ruling parties and the recalcitrant opposition party.

“Our relationship with Gorran depends on the actions they might take after their [recent] statement,” said Adnan Mufti, member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Political Bureau and former speaker of the Kurdistan parliament, in an interview with Rudaw last week.

The PUK, led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, is one of the two ruling parties of the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.                

Nawshirwan Mustafa, leader of the Iraqi Kurdish opposition party Gorran, which has demanded the Kurdistan government to stand down. Photo: vanderbilt.edu
But Gorran, formed two years ago by former PUK deputy leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, has said it believes in its recent demands and is working for their implementation.

“We don’t regret any of the points in our statement; our views are still the same,” said Gorran spokesman Mohammed Tofiq Rahim.

Many, however, believe the only solution for the currently intensifying dispute is to hold a meeting for Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani and Gorran’s leader, Mustafa,

“We are open to having talks with Gorran to solve these problems, if they don’t insist on their agenda, they are willing to talk and they are prepared to preserve this government, which they themselves have had a part in building,” said Mufti.

He said he considered Gorran’s demands for the dissolution of both the Kurdish parliament and government “unrealistic,” and the party should review its demands.

“If they want to go in another direction with the talks, then we will support them in implementing a mutually suitable program,” said the PUK member.

In addition, several other political parties and civil society organizations have indicated they are preparing the ground for trilateral talks involving the KDP, PUK and Gorran.

Earlier last week, Gorran issued a statement announcing seven points “for the solution of the Kurdistan region’s problems,” and demanding that the Kurdish cabinet and parliament be dissolved and that new elections be held in three months’ time.

In an interview on KNN, Gorran’s official television station, Mustafa said on Sunday that their radical demands were “the best way to resolve the existing crisis” in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

“We believe there is now a deep and multi-dimensional crisis existing in the Kurdistan region,” said Mustafa on the program. “It has a political dimension, as well as economic, social and educational dimensions.”

The two Kurdish ruling parties and their affiliated organizations immediately reacted with a flurry of angry statements.

“Reforms cannot be made by a murderer,” read a recent front-page headline of Hawler, a daily newspaper affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by President Massoud Barzani, in reference to Mustafa,
www.ekurd.netwho was allegedly involved in atrocities committed during past Iraqi Kurdish civil wars.

The impact of Gorran’s call for the government to step down has been weakened by a lack of support from the other opposition parties.

The two opposition Islamic parties supported the ruling parties in saying there was no need for the Kurdish government to step down, but simply to reform.

“We will try to arrange a meeting for the three parties and we are open to…other parties being included as well,” said Kurdistan Islamic Union spokesman Salahaddin Ba-Bakir.

Abdul-Star Majed, a Political Bureau member of the Kurdistan Islamic Group (locally known as Komal), told Rudaw that his party had always wanted to help normalize relations between Gorran and the ruling parties.

However, a PUK senior official said the reason tensions had eased was because of “outside pressure,” without specifically pointing to any party.
 

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