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 We are all united when it comes to Kurdish national rights: PUK’s Hakim Qadir

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We are all united when it comes to Kurdish national rights: PUK’s Hakim Qadir  6.7.2012 

Hakim Qadir, the director of the executive committee of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Photo: Facebook
Hakim Qadir: More Than Ever, Kurds Need to Preserve Unity

July 6,

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — In this interview with Rudaw.net, Hakim Qadir, the director of the executive committee of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), speaks about the political situation in Iraq and his party’s stance towards Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki and the Change Movement (Gorran).

Q: How does the PUK evaluate the current situation of Iraq?

Hakim Qadir: We believe the current political situation in Iraq is very bad and, if the players in the political arena do not act responsibly towards each other, it will get even worse.

Now more than ever we need to put aside personal interests and focus on the general interest of our nation. Through peaceful dialogue, referring to the Iraqi constitution and implementing existing treaties, and refraining from threats and hostile exchanges, we can improve the current deadlock. After the fall of Saddam, Iraq witnessed many political crises. It became clear that the only way to solve problems is through dialogue. We are at the start of a road to democracy and all groups need to be taken into account as partners in this process. More than ever, the Kurds need to preserve their unity while dealing with these problems, and we are confident Kurdish political groups are up to the task and will act responsibly as required of them.

Q: In the last meeting between the PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the common views and opinions were addressed, and statements by the PUK spokesperson implied that talks with Baghdad had yet to occur while the KDP continues to insist on withdrawing confidence from Maliki.

Hakim Qadir: We have always supported dialogue as a way of resolving problems. At the same time, we consider the constitution and legal solutions vital in settling disputes. All participants in the political process can turn to parliament, the law and the constitution to achieve what they demand, but in all cases we consider dialogue to be the best solution.

Q: Maliki's bloc [State of Law] talked about implementing the eight-point letter of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, but has not implemented a single point yet. Do you think they are just trying to buy more time?

Hakim Qadir: I believe all sides agree that Talabani succeeded in identifying common points between groups and in treating everyone the same way. He did not allow his political and national affiliations to influence his decisions in dealing with the political crisis. He has preserved his neutrality in the best way possible and all give him credit for that.

The rest is left to the rival political parties and whether they will abide by the recommendations of Talabani or not. A lot of work is needed and it can’t be solved overnight without a magic stick. The solution requires the participation of all parties and the state of Iraq is required to answer the demands of Kurds which are legal and natural rights. Failing to fulfill these demands will bring problems.

Q: In the attempts to withdraw confidence from Maliki, a new type of rapprochement has surfaced between the PUK and Gorran on the one hand, and between the KDP, Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) on the other. Do you think this has redrawn Kurdistan’s political map for the future?

Hakim Qadir: I do not see any division between the political views of the parties in Kurdistan. On the contrary, the statements and stances of all these Kurdish political parties have proved united when it comes to the important issue of the Kurdish nation in Iraq. We are all united when it comes to Kurdish national rights.

At the same time, this does not hinder the existence of different views and perspectives among parties in the effort to find solutions, but at the core we all share the same goals and objectives,www.ekurd.net which are the demands and the ambitions of the Kurdish nation. The PUK and KDP have the same stance and voice in parliament.

Q: Talks between the PUK and Gorran became official over the past two months, but then halted. What were the reasons the talks stopped and have there been any efforts to resume them?

Hakim Qadir: The PUK has good relations with all parties in Kurdistan, not only Gorran. Our goal is to form strong relations with all parties. The delay in talks between Gorran and the PUK might be for technical reasons, not political ones. We believe in dialogue and we need to treat each other in a modern manner.

Q: There were some efforts to organize protests against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) new budget, but they remained within the administrative borders of Sulaimani. Why?

Hakim Qadir: To know the reasons, we would have to talk to the organizers of the protests. But we always believe it is a natural right of people to express their demands legally and peacefully without disturbing security in Kurdistan. We support all the rights and logical demands allowed by the principles of freedom and democracy.

By Adnan Hussein - Rudaw

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