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Islamic Union leader asks EU to help reconcile Kurdistan’s parties

By Rudaw 16/7/2017
Salahadin Bahadin [R], leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, met with head of the EU’s Erbil Liaison Office Clarisse Pasztory. Photo: KIU
Salahadin Bahadin [R], leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, met with head of the EU’s Erbil Liaison Office Clarisse Pasztory. Photo: KIU
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) has asked a European representative to support efforts to reactivate the Region’s parliament.
 
Salahaddin Bahadin met with the head of the EU’s Erbil Liaison Office Clarisse Pasztory on Sunday, calling upon her for more European support in a bid to help reactivate the Kurdistan Region’s institutions.
 
The two spoke about current issues in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the question of the upcoming independence referendum.
 
“He called for more European support for reconciliation among parties and reactivating official establishments to serve the people of Kurdistan and improve their living conditions,” a statement released by Bahadin’s office said.
 
Pasztory spoke of the role of the KIU in resolving the problems and trying to bring about reconciliation and unity among Kurdistan’s parties. She called upon the KIU to continue its moderate philosophy and reconciliation efforts, the statement added. 

Bahadin also met with Iraj Masjedi, the new Iranian ambassador to Iraq, on Sunday. 

They spoke of the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan independence, which Bahadin said “can be turned into a tool for national reconciliation at both the level of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq,” according to a statement from his office. 

Masjedi met with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani earlier in the day.

Comments

 
duroi | 17/7/2017
Traditionally in Kurdish societies the religious class played the mediation role in Kurdistan administration system. The abdication of this role as a result of competition for power as Islamist political parties has created a vacuum in the transition from traditional society to a modern secular one. Who is going to fulfill their mediation role now? the media or the mamustas of Modern universities? Definitely not external elements like the EU.
Muraz Adzhoev | 17/7/2017
@Durol, who can, should now "fulfill the mediation role" in Kurdistan? Only intellectuals, scientists, the best representatives of the civil society, the well-educated and the most respectful cultural figures (including clergymen of all religions), and certainly politicians and lawmakers elected by the people, communities of Kurdistan.
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