The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which are divided between Arbil and Baghdad, held their first meeting on Saturday.
The committee was formed last year during a gathering of the two parties under the direct supervision of the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani, but the elections in the Kurdistan region in addition to the formation of the federal government has blocked a meeting of that committee.
According to information and leaks received, the committee held this afternoon a meeting headed by the official of the Political Bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and a member of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Arslan Bayes.
According to the information received, the meeting witnessed a good understanding, and three points were reached in order to re-normalize the situation in Kirkuk.
According to information, the committee decided to send a delegation to the federal capital Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the concerned authorities to normalize the situation in Kirkuk.
According to the information, the committee also agreed to reactivate the Kirkuk Provincial Council after normalizing the situation and hold a round of talks with the political parties of the Turkmen and the Arabs to choose a new governor instead of the current appointed proxy Rakan Said Jubouri.
The Kurdistan National Union in Kirkuk has held during the past days meetings including the Turkmen Front, the Badr Organization, and the Arab Council in the province in preparation for reaching agreements that satisfy all parties regarding the situation in the province.
Najmuddin Karim, governor of Kirkuk, said by the federal government revealed on Thursday that Barzani leads efforts to normalize the situation in the disputed province of Kirkuk between Arbil and Baghdad.
“There are efforts to normalize the situation in Kirkuk,” Karim told reporters on the sidelines of a funeral for leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Arbil. “President Massoud Barzani is leading efforts in Baghdad in this regard.”
“We hope that the situation in Kirkuk will be normalized peacefully and that the non-Kirkuk and non-Iraqi forces will withdraw from the province coming from other areas,” he added.
He stressed that “the need to restore conditions in the preservation of what it was before the invasion of an organization calling for areas in Iraq.”