Iran “Encourages PUK and Gorran to Separate Sulaimani from KRG”Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/07/14/iran-encourages-puk-and-gorran-to-separate-sulaimani-from-krg/
Kurdish internal conflicts causes tensions among KRG parties
Basnews | Karzan Sabah Hawrami
SULAIMANI – A Kurdish academic has warned that some parties may be plotting to separate Sulaimani province from the Kurdistan Region.
Kaiwan Azad told BasNews that internal conflict between Kurdish political parties have led some of them to consider such an action. “Splitting the Kurdistan Region in any way would be a national betrayal,” he said.
Head of Sulaymaniyah Provincial Council Haval Abubakr who is from Change [Gorran] Movement recently said that the perceived lack of services in the province are encouraging people to discuss the idea of an autonomous region in Sulaimani.
Azad pointed out that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Gorran (Change Movement) believe that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) neglects Sulaimani in favour of the Erbil and Dohuk provinces.
“The parties complain about service shortages such as gas, electricity and water in the province.”
Azad rejected the idea of establishing cantons such as those created in Syrian Kurdistan, saying that the administrative system does not fit Iraqi Kurdistan.
He stressed that the Kurdistan Region is not an independent country and internal conflict could allow neighbouring countries, especially Iran and Turkey, to intervene in its affairs.
“The PUK and Gorran are in the same position with Iran and are said to be considering the creation of an autonomous region in Sulaimani to compete with the KDP,” Azad said.
BasNews approached both the PUK and Gorran for a quote, but has so far received no response.
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