The agreement between Iran & P5+1 concerns Iranian Kurdish parties

Ahmed Safa’adeen – BasNews (Erbil): 9-12-2013 – Iranian Kurdish parties have expressed concern over the recent deal struck between Tehran and western countries. Following 10 years of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran about the latter’s nuclear energy program, they have come to what is seen as a successful agreement.

While the Kurdistan Region welcomed the deal, due to its close trading ties with the Islamic Republic, Iranian Kurdish parties in Iraq have not received the deal in the same way.

After the agreement was signed, the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK) released a statement: “Iran has spent huge sums of money on this agreement, and lost much in the last eight years under the sanctions of western countries. Although the government will now be able to spend this money on internal services and basic needs in order to develop the country’s economy, there is no certainty that it will not spend it on financially supporting terrorist groups and rebels in Lebanon and Syria, as it has done before.”

In a conference, the secretary of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, Abdullah Mihtadi, said that “it is a big historical mistake for Iran to sign this agreement, Iran has became subservient to western countries due to high sanctions in the past years, that also caused Iran to stop some of its nuclear energy programs in different parts of the country.”

During a meeting between the representative of Komala, Salah Bayezidi, and the representative of the EU in America, Catherine Ashton, Bayezidi talked about the on-going executions of Kurdish political activists by Iran’s government and the impact of the nuclear program of Iran on other countries.

Taimor Mustafa, a member of DPIK told BasNews that the party “believes that the agreement is an indicator that Iran has been weakened and has no option but to take orders from the west. Over the last eight years Iran has been under pressure not only externally, but internally, threatened by a civil war and an economy in decline. Following Rouhani’s rise to power, the situation has somewhat changed.”

“Unfortunately, at no point does the agreement mention the affairs of the people inside Iran or their rights; we hope they will be mentioned in the coming negotiations,” added Mustafa. Some Arab countries were also weary of the agreement. Saudi Arabia, for example, does not want Iran to play a hegemonic role in the region as this would decrease the power of Sunni Muslim countries. It is also worried that Iran will create a stronger bond with the west, particularly the US.