Since July 2020 Turkey has been deploying military forces in the regions where Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces are located. Subsequently, the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) attitude became a matter of discussion among Kurdish forces in the region. Both sides criticised each other several times. In a statement, Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council co-chair Cemil Bayık called on the KDP for cooperation.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) parliamentarians commented on Bayık’s statement and said the KDP should take a step towards unity among Kurdish parties.
KCK co-chair Bayık made his statements on 29 January, when he insisted that he was not against the status of the KDP in Iraqi Kurdistan, and that they should act together against the enemies of the Kurds.
PUK deputy Rêza Şêx Dilêr commented on Bayık’s appeal and said it was a “significantly important” message. Diler said all Kurdish leaders and executives should come together to promote unity among Kurds.