SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – PUK Seeks Understanding from PKK over Closing Offices
Basnews English – 02/12/2018 – 14:51 – ERBIL — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is reportedly working in the backroom talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the decision to close the PKK-affiliated offices in Sulaymaniyah, seeking understanding from the party.
Earlier in November, PUK ordered the closing of all headquarters of the Kurdistan Society’s Freedom Party (Tevgeri Azadi) — a PKK offspring for the Kurdistan Region — under the pretext that the party has not obtained official approval for its political activities from Kurdistan Region’s interior ministry. The decision angered the PKK and its supporters. The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which is an umbrella organization for the PKK, criticized the party, saying that it has bowed to the pressures from Ankara.
According to the information obtained by BasNews, the PUK has, ever since the closure of the offices, begun meetings with PKK, seeking the party’s understanding for that it has taken the decision under unavoidable pressure from the Turkish government, but the closure of PKK offices will not impact PUK’s strategy.
It is believed to be another attempt by the PUK to avoid a backlash from the PKK supporters across Sulaymaniyah province. As the result of the talks, Mohammed Abdullah, a co-chair for Tevgeri Azadi, told PUK-affiliated media that they do not blame the PUK, but the Kurdistan Regional Government.