Demirtas visits Barzani for second time in a week

The Co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas met with the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani in Erbil on Sunday, for the second time in a week.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas met with the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani in Erbil on Sunday, for the second time in a week.

President Barzani’s second meeting with Demirtas, who is heading an HDP delegation of MPs and party officials to Kirkuk, came a day after the latter’s visit to the city of Sulaimani.

In Sulaimani, Demirtas met Kurdistan Region’s opposition parties including the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Goran Movement.

An HDP MP, Imam Tascier, who is in the delegation but was not present at the second meeting, told Kurdistan24 in a phone call that Demirtas was carrying “a message” from Sulaimani, referring to the opposition parties.

Tascier refused to talk about the content of the “message.”

Both the PUK and Goran are at odds with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) over various issues.

One of the concerns is the question of whether voters or their representatives at the Regional Parliament should elect the next president.

“The meetings we conduct here are important steps for intra-Kurdish dialogue,” said the HDP MP whose delegation also visited the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk outside the Region on Friday.

TURKEY-PKK PEACE ON THE AGENDA

The first meeting between President Barzani and the Demirtas-led HDP delegation was on Wednesday.

At a press conference after the first meeting, Demirtas spoke of the importance of Kurdish unity, calling for closer cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan).

“We cannot blame only our enemies for what has happened in the last century. It is our disunity too that is a reason for the calamities that befell us,” the HDP Co-chair said.

Demirtas also said the struggle for Kurdish nation’s rights in Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat) needed more attention from all parties.

A press release on the website of the Kurdistan Region Presidency the same day stated President Barzani hoped the now collapsed peace process between the government of Turkey and the Kurds would resume.

Additionally, the statement revealed Demirtas demanded from President Barzani “to take a role in the renewal of the process.”

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany