On October 7, 2014, Iranian intelligence minister Mahmoud Alawi appeared before the parliament and claimed that his ministry had negotiated with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and Komala. PDKI and Komala immediately issued a statement, describing Alawi’s claim as false.
According to PDKI and Komala, no meetings between them and the Iranian regime have taken place. “Since the Islamic Republic’s policies toward the Kurdish nation have not changed, there is no need for such meetings,” the statement reads.
Shaho Hosaini, a member of PDKI:s leadership, stated in an interview with Radio Farda that this disinformation by the Iranian regime is intended to undermine the credibility of Kurdish opposition groups.
“The Iranian regime wants to convey the message to public opinion that it is a stable regime and faces no opposition,” Mr. Hosaini said.
“The Iranian regime also believes that it can manipulate world powers through such false propaganda by claiming that it is engaging the opposition that wants to replace the Islamic Republic with a democratic system of government and that it is [therefore] a stable regime,” Hosaini added.
The Kurdish political parties do not trust the Islamic Republic of Iran. When they negotiated with the Iranian regime following the defeat of the Iranian military in Kurdistan in 1980, they soon discovered that it was a tactic by Tehran to buy time so that it could reorganize its forces for the next offensive against Kurdistan. Subsequently, a full-scale war followed between Iran and the Kurdish movement.
The second time the Kurdish movement negotiated with the Iranian regime was following the election of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who cast himself as a “pragmatist” interested in improving relations with the Western powers and a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish issue. At the same time, Khomeini, who had established the Islamic Republic, had died.
Kurdish leader Dr. Ghassemlou accepted Rafsaniani’s offer and negotiated with Iranian diplomats in Vienna, Austria. However, on July 13, 1989, the Iranian diplomats assassinated Dr. Ghassemlou and his aids in Vienna.