Unity, Consensus are the Only Option

Opinions 04:20 PM - 2023-11-27


PUKMEDIA Editorial

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has initiated a political and diplomatic drive aimed at fostering unity among the Kurdish people and facilitating free and fair Kurdistan parliamentary elections aligned with the aspirations of the people while prioritizing the utmost interests of the Kurdistan Region.

Following the PUK's 5th Congress and the first meeting of the Leadership Council, PUK President Bafel Jalal Talabani—who also serves as the leader of the PUK delegation visiting other parties—has suggested an initiative meant to establish dominance in dialogue and resolve internal Kurdish issues. The objective is to avoid squandering time and opportunities by speeding up the political decision-making process, as the PUK's evaluation of different phases indicates that the prospects for peace, harmony, and serving the people should not be delayed any longer.

The PUK's political lessons to political entities are more evident than its clear objective of promoting unity and reconciliation. The history of the Kurdish liberation movement is testimony to the PUK's impact and accomplishments, as well as the noteworthy changes they have made. This position's realization and the ensuing struggle for the people happened swiftly. Consequently, one could contend that internal disputes within the Kurdish community caused more harm than unity and consensus did to the Kurds and their political movement.

In Kurdish political history, there are numerous examples of successful outcomes resulting from unity and political reconciliation. The March 1991 Kurdish uprising, the elections that followed, and the establishment of local government in 1992, the Kurdish people's participation in the overthrow of the Ba'ath regime in 2003, active participation in the reconstruction of the new Iraq in 2005, and the 17% allocation of Kurdish rights and dues in the Iraqi budget are examples of collective success. As a result, the only way for Kurdish political forces to succeed in the future is to foster " internal Kurdish unity and consensus." 

The PUK has acknowledged the significance of this approach, giving it top priority and stressing how critical it is to remove obstacles to unity.

Following a thorough evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages, it is evident that the PUK is inclined to readily adopt President Bafel’s initiative of opening the political door to the Kurdish forces. This cooperative approach aims to effectively address the challenges and advancements in both the Kurdistan Region and Iraq while safeguarding the integrity of the region's political processes, governance, and legitimate struggle for rights and entitlements in relation to Iraq. Kurdish unity, political rhetoric, and determination are the main areas of contention in this conflict. 

The PUK recognizes that fostering internal Kurdish unity and consensus, as well as prioritizing the use of dialogue, are critical national obligations. Moreover, the party is committed to safeguarding the Kurdistan Region and its democratic system. The PUK is actively working towards creating a favorable political, governance, and democratic atmosphere in the Kurdistan Region, with a focus on achieving victory and peace. The party aims to address and overcome obstacles rather than perceiving them as insurmountable challenges.

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