The top leaders of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and its splinter group, best know as Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), met for the first time this week (photo gallery) since the initial split in 2006, for talks aimed at a possible reunification.
“Both parties believe that they have a mutual agenda and must resolve their differences in order to realize that agenda, said Qadir Wirya, a member of the KDP’s senior leadership.
He told Rudaw that, “In general unification between the two parties was discussed in the talks.”
Hama Nazif Qadiri, a senior PDKI official, confirmed that the aim of the meeting was to improve relations, but said that, “Unification requires building trust between the two parties.”
Wirya agreed that, “The process takes a lot of effort from both sides.”
At a 2004 convention, PDKI members elected Mustafa Hijri as leader, succeeding Abdullah Hasanzadeh as the General Secretary of the Party who split from the Party two years later and subsequently created the KDP. Hijri represented the PDKI at the reunification talks and Khalid Azizi the other side.
“Both parties discussed several political issues directly related to Iranian Kurdistan,” Wirya said. “A mechanism to participate in national and international meetings related to Iran also was discussed,” he added.
Qadiri did not directly address whether the meeting meant recognition of the KDP by his party.
“The most important thing for PDKI is to hold a dialogue with all Iranian Kurdish parties, regardless of their ideological beliefs,” Qadiri said.
This is a third meeting in a series of top leadership negotiations but the first time the two leaders have officially met.