SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has reached an agreement with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over the issue of Kirkuk, a spokesperson for the KDP said on Monday (July 8).
KDP spokesperson Mahmoud Mohammed said during a press conference that a joint committee has been created to resolve issues in the disputed areas between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government in Kirkuk.
“Some meetings have been held to normalize the situation in Kirkuk and the disputed areas,” he added.
He also indicated that the two parties had also resolved other issues, but did not reveal any details. The KDP and the PUK will continue their discussions and sign the agreement in the coming days, he added.
The issue of Kirkuk and the disputed areas has long been a source of tension between the two parties, but those disagreements escalated in the aftermath of the events of October 2017, when Iraqi forces pushed the Kurdish forces out of the area. The KDP accuses some PUK officials of reaching an agreement with Iraqi officials to hand over Kirkuk, while the PUK blames KDP officials for the loss.