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KDP not ready to fulfill demands of PUK: Latif Sheikh Omer

2019-04-01

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is not ready to meet the demands of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the PUK's spokesperson said Monday (April 1).

Party spokesperson Latif Sheikh Omer told NRT Digital Media that the party had received an official response from the KDP negotiating team to proposals it had made last week regarding ministerial positions.

“KDP is not ready to fulfill our demands,” he said.

He also said that the KDP’s response to their proposals would not allow the PUK to participate in government decision-making in a meaningful way.

Following a meeting Monday afternoon with representatives of the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), Sheikh Omar said that his party will not accept marginalization and subordination to the KDP.

“The PUK hopes to have a honorable agreement with the KDP,” he stressed.

PUK officials also met with representatives of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) on Monday and are set to gather at the house of PUK first deputy secretary general Kosrat Rasul in the evening to discuss how to proceed.

The parties met in Sulaimani for talks last Wednesday, but failed to reach an agreement on the formation of the new cabinet and canceled expected talks on Saturday.

Secretary of the KDP Politburo Fazil Mirani said in an interview published on Monday that it would not be ideal if the government was formed without the PUK, but added that it could still be done.

The two parties signed a political agreement on March 4, but there has been little public progress towards forming a government since then.

183 days have passed over the Kurdistan Parliament’s election but a new cabinet has not been formed.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 4:56pm EBL.