Nawshirwan’s memoirs about Kurd presidency cause PUK disarray

KURDISTAN TRIBUNE – 9.7.2013 – Over the last two days, Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa has published new documents on the history of the early days of negotiations leading to the establishment of a Presidency for Kurdistan.

These memoirs go back to early 2004, after the collapse of the Iraqi government. The papers reveal the extent of the concessions made by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), as ordered by Jalal Talabani personally so that he could secure the presidency of Iraq. The memoir runs to thousands of words and includes a lot of documentation. The PUK politburo has held several meetings just to try and prepare some response to it.Nawshirwan is well-known for his straightforward and fearless approach to politics. The PUK has been warning the Gorran leader not to publish these papers but he insisted on going ahead.