KDP, PUK at odds over government formation, cancel meeting

<p style="text-align: left;">The Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) negotiating delegation canceled a scheduled meeting with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) officials on Thursday, February 21, without setting a date for talks to resume.

A KDP source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NRT that the party would not accept a PUK demand that a PUK official become President of the Kurdistan Region. Saying that it would not negotiate on that point, the KDP decided to cancel the meeting in Sulaimani.

The KDP has nominated Nechirvan Barzani as its candidate for President of the Kurdistan Region and his cousin Masrour Barzani for Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

&ldquo;Agreements were previously made that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan would take the positions of parliament speaker and deputy prime minister. We do not expect to resume our negotiations soon,&rdquo; he added.

PUK first Deputy Secretary General Kosrat Rasoul said on Wednesday that his party will not sign any agreement if there is not balance between the parties to the agreement and if PUK&rsquo;s past sacrifices and struggle to establish Kurdish autonomy are not recognized.

Sheikh Omar said on Monday that his party would not attend future sessions of parliament, nor would it agree to join the new government, until a comprehensive political agreement is signed with the KDP.

The PUK boycotted a session of parliament on Monday, during which a speaker and two deputy speakers were elected.

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