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Kurdish unity reportedly on agenda as HDP delegation visits Erbil

By Rudaw 20/9/2016
Selahattin Demirtas will head a HDP delegation visit to Erbil.
Selahattin Demirtas will head a HDP delegation visit to Erbil.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A delegation from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), headed by its co-chair Selahattin Demirtas, will arrive in Erbil on Wednesday for meetings with Kurdistan Region leaders. The peace process in Turkey and finding solutions to internal tensions among Kurds will reportedly be on the agenda. 

The HDP delegation will meet with Masoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan Region, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, and officials of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Goran movement, and Islamic parties.

According to information obtained by Rudaw, Demirtas will meet with Masoud Barzani on Wednesday and with the prime minister and other leaders on Thursday.

The HDP delegation includes Selahattin Demirtas, Fatma Kurtulan, Nadir Yildirim, Osman Baydemir, Basima Kogan, Imam Tascier, and Jalal Dogan, according to HDP media sources. 

Abdullatif Yassin, head of the office of the Kurdistan Islamic Union party (KIU) secretary, told Rudaw “Demirtas will visit KIU leader Saladin Mohammed Bahadin on Thursday, and will discuss resuming the peace process in northern Kurdistan [Turkey] and unity of all the parts of Kurdistan.”

The Islamic group also confirmed the HDP delegation will meet with Ali Bapir, leader of the Islamic group, on Thursday.

The HDP delegation is due to spend four days in the Kurdistan Region. They are expected to also hold meetings with representatives of civil society organizations.


fermin | 20/9/2016
I'm puzzled that our political figures still dish out bizarre concepts such as 'kurdish unity'. Kurds as a people are united, that's not an issue, you can't force different political parties with very different ideologies (not to mention leadership) to "unite" no matter how much you try. Nor is it necessary for the establishment of a Kurdish state(s). What's necessary is that all the different factions and parties sitting down and coming up with a national consensus and a plan/agreement on how to achieve it. Every party will of course need to compromise for the greater good but they'll all benefit 10 folds if they come up with an agreement they can all live with. The boundaries of who controls what and where must be crystal clear and never violated. Personally I can envision a Kurdish federation consisting of several Kurdish states, that will solve a lot of the power conflicts but ironically to achieve that everyone needs to be onboard and willing to do their part.
Love Kurdistan | 20/9/2016
Muraz Adzhoev | 21/9/2016
Is this delegation going to desclose at last HDP's real political, ideological and ethnocultural identities? Are they going to admit their huge and very harmful mistakes, overwhelming dependence on PKK's "revolutionary" leadership? What are true reasons of the visit as far as the delegation is going to meet not only with the authorities, but also political parties and even society organizations of Kurdistan autonomous region? Can they prove that HDP is a true Kurdish political organization?
duroi | 21/9/2016
One hopes seeing HDP also visits KDP(Iran) and Komolo leadership. Some of the tactics that Turkey uses resembles the policies of Iran in the 80's and it will be useful to get to know each other and hear the stories to prevent repeating the past mistakes again.
Mohamedzz | 21/9/2016
Turkey working hard to divide Kurds, using divide and conquer strategy.

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