Kurdistan should not remain divided between KDP, PUK: UN envoy
The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert speaks during a conference on “Iraq and the Kurdistan Region: Unity and Constitution” in Erbil on May 19, 2021. Photo/screenshot
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, urged the Kurdistan Region’s political parties to boost internal unity and end divides along the party lines.
“Do not take today’s autonomy for granted. In order to sustain it, unity will prove essential,” Hennis-Plasschaert said at a conference on “Iraq and the Kurdistan Region: Unity and Constitution” organized by the University of Kurdistan – Hawler at the Rotana hotel in Erbil.
“The Kurdistan Region should not remain divided between green [PUK] and yellow [KDP], or any other color definitions for that matter,” she added.
She referred to a green zone encompassing Sulaimani province which is controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and a yellow zone spanning Erbil and Duhok provinces which is controlled by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Hennis-Plasschaert said parties should depend on dialogue in achieving unity and “defect points” should be identified by the Kurdish leadership to accomplish this goal.
"This is a long process that needs dialogue with all parties, and the leadership of the region must work to find solutions to all current and long-term problems."
On May 11, Hennis-Plasschaert told the United Nations Security Council that the Kurdistan Region should take into account political unity and freedom of expression.
“In the Kurdistan region as elsewhere in Iraq: transparency, freedom of expression, fundamental reforms, fighting corruption are of critical importance, as is political unity,” said the top diplomat.
“Recent internal tensions do not serve the interest of the Kurdish people, far from it,” she added.