HDP delegation meets Barzani / HDP Twitter
A Peoples' Democratic Party delegation led by co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş began its 4-day visit to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq with a meeting with KRG president and Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani.
On arrival, Demirtaş made a statement at the aiport and said, "Of course the joint message of all Kurds and Kurdish movements to the world is one of peace. Within this framework, all our political movements need to remain committed to internal fraternity and give a message of unity and peace, which I believe will strengthen all of us. For this reason we believe it is important to discuss developments in the region and world with Mr. Barzani and other parties. The biggest desire of the Kurdish people in the four parts of Kurdistan is to see the Kurds, Kurdish leaders and parties standing side by side."
In a series of tweets the HDP said that recent developments in the region were discussed in the 3-hour meeting and parties exchanged views on various matters including a democratic solution to the Kurdish issue and solidarity among Kurds and finding common ground.
Following the meeting the KRG presidency also released a statement saying:
"President Barzani warmly welcomed the delegation and stated that he hopes that the peace process between the government of Turkey and the large Kurdish population will resume for the benefit of all Kurds and Turks. He added that it is only through peaceful means that the Kurds of Turkey can further obtain their cultural and political rights.
"Mr. Demirtas thanked the President for his past and present efforts at supporting the peace process in Turkey and agreed that the fighting for the rights of the Kurds should be done politically and inside the Parliament building in Ankara and not at the expense of the lives of Kurds and Turks.
"President Barzani and Mr. Demirtas also spoke of the current efforts by the Kurdistan Region to eliminate the terrorists of the Islamic State. They also spoke of the situation in Syrian Kurdistan, expressing their hopes for a brighter future for the people of Rojava."
The HDP delegation is expected to visit several political parties and organisations in the KRG, including the PUK, Goran and Kurdistan Islamic Union. The visit comes following the seizure of Kurdish municipalities by state-appointed administrators, which commentators have said is the beginning of a new period that could see the arrest of some HDP parliamentarians, including the party's co-chairs.
The HDP delegation is comprised of Women's Assembly Spokesperson Besime Konca, deputy co-chair Fatma Kurtalan, deputy co-chair and Van MP Nadir Yıldırım, Istanbul MP Celal Doğan, Amed MP Imam Taşçıer, Mardin MP Mithat Sancar, Amed MP Nimetullah Erdoğmuş, Urfa MP Osman Baydemir and Party Assembly (PM) Member Abdullah Alagöz.
Source: Kurdishquestion.com, DIHA
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