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KDP drops conditions for reactivation of parliament, calls Gorran for direct talks

By Rudaw 18/7/2017
Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, speaking on Rudaw TV.
Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, speaking on Rudaw TV.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has dropped conditions it had put on reactivating the parliament ten weeks before the Region is to hold a referendum on independence and that direct calls have been made to the Change Movement (Gorran) for face-to-face talks.


“The KDP now has no conditions for the reactivation of the parliament, and won’t accept conditions from anyone,” KDP’s Hemin Hawrami said in an interview with Rudaw on Monday night. Hawrami is senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani.


Hawrami said that for the KDP the referendum and its chosen date “is far more important that anything else” and therefore his party is open to direct and face-to-face talks with the Change Movement (Gorran).


He revealed that President Barzani has instructed the KDP to make direct calls to Gorran and that the contact had been made on Sunday.


“Gorran’s response was positive,” Hawrami said, without providing further details.


Gorran has avoided all meetings on the planned September referendum, arguing that such a project must be endorsed by the parliament which has been suspended since October 2015.


Hawrami told Rudaw that the KDP sees the parliament and the future of the people of Kurdistan “above all else” and that Gorran was welcome to direct negotiations on reopening the legislature.


The KDP move is a major step towards ending a political deadlock that has gripped the Kurdistan Region for more than a year and a half.


Hawrami said that the KDP and all other parties that have signed up to the referendum are determined to go ahead with the project on its chosen date and that from technical and financial point of view all preparations have been made.


He said that Gorran or the Islamic League (Komal) must only have political reasons for opposing the referendum and that “they must explain to people clearly what their reasons are,”


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yassir fekaiki | 17/7/2017
The KDP has lost any and all Credibility by its actions and has committed political suicide.
Muraz Adzhoev | 17/7/2017
This is the last chance for Gorran, KIU and other opportunists to be on board with the majority of patriotic political parties and to join the people and communities during upcoming self-determination referendum on reintegration and independence of Kurdistan from deadly failed and tragically divided Iraq.
karel vd Geest | 17/7/2017
A breath of common sense.
Gorran is treason | 18/7/2017
Whatever concessions may the KRG make ,you should not expect anything from Gorran; it just wants to derail the independence . Shere treason.
JamKurd | 18/7/2017
The KDP has shown political maturity and put Kurdistan nation Fitst. It is the hope and demand of every Kurd that Goran will join other parties in supporting the referendum. Anything less will be unacceptable and unforgiven. Once Kurdistan becomes independent, the Democraric elections will express the wishes of Kurdistan people.

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