Hemin Salih – BasNews (Erbil): 30.11.2013 – Following recent tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is often seen as an offshoot of the PKK, high level talks are taking place between the KDP and the PKK.
The meeting was held to discuss a mutual stance regarding the outcome of the Syrian Kurdish regions, the on-going peace process between the PKK and the Turkish government and the possibility of the Kurdish National Conference taking place soon.
The PYD representative in the Kurdistan Region, Ja’far Hanan, said that the problems between the KDP and the PYD are not great enough to hinder cooperation between the two parties. “Negotiation plays a major role in handling tensions between any political parties” added Hanan. In regards to the Kurdish National Conference, he said: “we will decide the date as soon as possible, with the input of all the parties.” Hanan also pointed out that the media has played a role in the path towards negotiations between the PYD, PKK and the KDP.