ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Two major Iranian Kurdish parties signed a deal on Tuesday night, raising hopes for a united Iranian Kurdish front.
The agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Revolutionary Society of Iranian Kurdistan’s Toilers (Komala) paves the way for cooperation among the two parties that oppose the Islamic regime in Tehran.
The KDPI and Komala have been rivals for decades, with violent clashes between the two occurring throughout the years. Traditionally, the groups have been the most popular among Iranian Kurds, though some of their popularity has been eroded in recent years with the emergence of other groups such as the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).
The KDPI and Komala say the agreement is not confined to them and called on other Iranian Kurdish opposition groups to join. The agreement was signed by Mustafa Hejri, KDPI’s secretary general, and Abdullah Mohtadi, Komala’s secretary general.
“We have held meetings over the past year and discussed common points to help the liberation movement of the Kurdish people in Iranian Kurdistan,” said Hama Nazif Qadiri, a member of the KDPI political bureau.
He added that the agreement was a response to calls from Iranian Kurds for unity between the two exiled armed groups based in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“This agreement is also an invitation to all political forces in Iranian Kurdistan … who strive for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic’s regime and want to establish a federal democratic system in Iran,” added Qadiri.
The agreement states that the democratic and national rights of the Iranian population and its various ethnic and religious groups will not be realized until the theocratic regime in Tehran is brought down. It calls for a “secular, democratic and federal system” in any post-Islamic regime arrangement.
The agreement also calls for free and fair elections, full separation of state and religion as well as democratic rights and freedoms in Iran after the Islamic regime.
Anwar Mohammadi, head of relations for Komala, described the agreement as the first of its kind in the history of the struggle of Iranian Kurds for their rights.
The KDPI and Komala were briefly in charge of sizable portions of Iranian Kurdistan following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, but were pushed out of the area by the new regime’s forces after years of fighting. Ever since, the two groups have been mostly based in Iraq and refrained from armed activities against the Islamic regime for the past two decades.
By SAKAR ABDULLAZADA