As the tension mounts between Kurdish political parties in Iraqi Kurdistan, a statement against war was made by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) politburo member Mehmûd Sengawî, who said “the decision for war was taken by Mesoud Barzani, not by the parliament of Federal Kurdistan”, and “we have stated that we are not in favour of war”.
Sengawî made the statement on the decision, which was taken in a meeting held in Mesoud Barzani’s house, and said the YNK had formally delivered their view to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
According to RojNews, the decision to go to war against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was taken by Barzani unilaterally.
YNK and Goran became mediators
Sengawî said that the Pêshmerga Ministry had no information on the forces sent to the region of Behdinan, and the YNK and the Goran (Change) movement would mediate between the sides to prevent a probable war.
Senhawî underlined that they would not participate in the war. “We will try to encourage goodness, not war. We delivered our view to the KDP that we are not in favour of war”.
Barzani took the decision on his own
Sengawî said that only the Federal Kurdistan Parliamentary had the authority to make a decision on the war. “This is not a decision taken by the parliament. All sides are not informed. Mesoud Barzani took that decision on his own. We do not support it”.
Appeal for dialogue
A short while ago, PKK Executive Board member Murat Katayılan called Barzani to solve the internal problems through dialogue. Sengawî commented on the response of Barzani: “We are in favour of dialogue as well. Our appeal to Barzani is to contact the PKK and prevent the war by solving problems through dialogue”.