Monday, August 17, 2009

Kurdish Opposition Points to Potential Rapprochement with Baghdad

From Niqash, excerpt:

Sources close to the Change List leader Mustafa Nashirwan said that there are intentions for political convergence between him, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other government forces. There are also expectations that the coming period will witness a series of meetings between the different parties.

Commenting on these expectations, Adnan Uthman, a leading figure in the Change List, who is also the editor in chief of the opposition Roznama Newspaper, said that "our political program in resolving outstanding issues with the federal government will distance itself from the maneuvers and the indifference approach adopted by the two Kurdish parties over the past six years."

The Kurdish opposition figure told Niqash that "his list will resort to the constitution, negotiating channels and to the federal court to resolve issues rather than adopting policies of threats and intimidation.”

There is now even talk that the Kurdish opposition may join a grand alliance of parties allied to al-Maliki for the forthcoming national elections. Kurdish parties, with the exception of one Islamic party, competed in 2005’s national elections under one Kurdistan Alliance List.

Read the full report from Niqash, here.

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