SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change Movement (Gorran) met in Sulaimani on Tuesday, but have reportedly not reached any final agreements.
The meeting was held at the PUK’s politburo headquarters and ended without reaching any agreement on the issues that were on the agenda, according to Rudaw’s correspondent in Sulaimani, Arkan Ali. No official statements are expected to be issued.
PUK and Gorran have a strategic political alliance
but differ over the upcoming independence referendum. The PUK has attended meetings of the referendum council, chaired by President Masoud Barzani, and has a delegate on the negotiating committee that is spearheading talks with Baghdad. Gorran has refrained from participating in the meetings or backing the September 25 vote, insisting that the referendum must have a mandate from the currently non-functioning parliament.
The referendum and the parties’ alliance were reportedly on the agenda of their meeting on Tuesday, as was the issue of normalizing the parliament.
Ali reported that PUK officials told their Gorran colleagues that they are under immense pressure from their fan-base and have promised to reactivate the parliament before the referendum. Even if Gorran does not participate in the process of reactivating parliament, PUK must proceed because of the promise they have given to their people.
Gorran has called for the referendum to be postponed
until parliament has convened and passed a law on the matter. The party has not yet responded to a proposal from the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which has dropped previous conditions on reconvening the legislature.