PKK Works to Establish New Canton in Kurdistan Region

ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is trying to establish a new canton in Kurdistan.

Specific political factions within the Change Movement (Goran), the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) and the wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) which is known as the group of "traitors" of the October 16th, have been involved in founding the expected canton which PKK is going to establish in Qandil. 

The former leader of the KIG who attended the meeting as a well-known person in the area revealed that many cadres, including parliament members from other political parties, took part in the meeting.

PKK has already tried to declare a canton in five areas of Kurdistan such as Ballayan, Nawdasht, Swrade, Qallatukan, and Maredu which are surrounded by many villages and the declarations of the cantons have caused the villagers to flee to the cities since the two neighboring countries like Turkey and Iran keep bombarding the areas where the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is present. 

According to some information that BasNews has obtained, a number of cadres and leading members from the three mentioned parties, including a parliament member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), attended the meeting held by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Qandil.

The three political factions in collaboration with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are trying to weaken the region so that the Iraqi government and Hashd Al-Shaabi can control the area. The three political factions have recommended the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to take the current economic crisis and the demonstrations of the citizens as an opportunity to intervene in the political issues within the region.

It has been revealed that during the protests in Rania and the surrounding areas such as Sulaimaniya and Garmiyan in which many of the governmental and political facilities were burned, the three political factions within the Change Movement (Goran), the Islamic Political Group (IPG) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have suggested that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sends its troops to Rania and Qalladza in order to declare the Canton of Raparin.

BasNews has received a copy of a bylaw which the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has sent to the areas controlled by party, and within the document, there is a clear antagonism towards the regional constitution and the political stability in Kurdistan Region. “The current government has negatively affected the lives of people in Qandil, it has influenced the cultural behavior of the Kurdish adults negatively, so in order to overcome these issues, we need to reorganize completely" states the bylaw. 

The former leader of the Islamic Political Group (IPG), Mohammed Sinemoki who was invited to attend the meeting stated to BasNews " I was invited to attend the meeting by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as a well-known person in the area, not as a cadre, but I saw a number of cadres of other political parties, including parliament members in the meeting".

According to Aiyub Abdullah, a parliament member from the Change Movement (Goran) and the head of the parliamentary committee for internal affairs “Kurdistan is a constitutional recognized region of Iraq, therefore it is not reasonable to found a region within a region and if there are attempts to found a region, it should go through all the constitutional phases."