World Bulletin / News Desk
Kurdish National Conference aimed at assembling all Kurdish political parties in the Middle East is due to be held in Erbil next month.
The meeting is to mainly focus on the situation of Kurds in Syria and Turkey who are facing major political developments, with Syrian Kurds contemplating autonomy for their areas and Kurds in Turkey in the middle of a historical peace process with Ankara.
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, who has sent invitations to all Kurdish groups in the region, is seen as the driving force behind the conference, reported the Rudaw.
“On behalf of myself, Jalal Talabani, the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and Abdulla Ocalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader, I ask you to send your high kevel delegations to participate in the National Kurdish Conference,” Barzani’s invitation reads.
To set the conference agenda and procedure, Barzani met with representatives of 39 Kurdish political parties from across the Middle East on Monday, telling them that the main aim of the conference is to promote dialogue, peace and democracy among Kurdish groups and “to ensure that the will of the Kurdish people in all four parts of Kurdistan is respected.”
Despite serious political disagreements between Kurdistan Region’s opposition groups and Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) over the extension of his presidency, opposition leaders have welcomed Barzani’s initiative and promised to attend the conference.