PUK and Gorran Ask Turkey to Open Consulate in SulaimaniSource : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/08/05/puk-and-gorran-ask-turkey-to-open-consulate-in-sulaimani/
There can be only one consulate office, already in Erbil: Turkish officials
Basnews | Hemin Salih
SULAIMANI – During a meeting with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Gorran (Change Movement) last week, a senior Turkish delegation, headed by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu, blamed the two parties for failing to have a clear position on the peace process in Turkey.
A source tells BasNews that the Turkish delegation demanded the PUK and Gorran openly decide which to support – a peaceful process or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) current campaign of violence in Turkey.
Sinirlioglu also accused PUK and Gorran media for opposing Turkey, when the country has no argument with them.
The delegation told PUK officials that they have made an agreement with the US to stand against the PKK “and Washington supports the strategy,” the source said.
“Following the meeting, PUK and Gorran officials ordered their media not to utter a word in favour of the PKK or against Turkey, but indirectly linked media are free to continue criticising Turkey,” the source claimed.
As a result of the talks, spokesperson for the PUK Politburo, Imad Ahmed condemned the Kirkuk-Ceyhan bombing, which happened last week.
“The General Coordinator of Gorran, Nawshirwan Mustafa told his party’s senior officials that it’s not in their best interests to side absolutely with Iran and neglect Turkey. They should find a balance between the two regional powers,” added the source. “He also ordered an end to official statements condemning the Turkish airstrikes on the PKK.”
BasNews has learned that the PUK and Gorran requested the Turkish delegation open a Turkish consulate in Sulaimani, but they promised to open a representative office instead. “There can be only one consulate office in the Kurdistan Region, and that is already in Erbil,” Turkish officials said.