PUK President receives U.N. Envoy to Iraq, stresses election

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Bafel Talabani, received U.N. Envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, in Baghdad on Thursday.

Talabani and Plasschaert discussed the Kurdistan Region’s internal problems, including the parliamentary elections, read a statement from Talabani’s office.

The two sides also discussed Erbil-Baghdad disputes, laying emphasis on marking the end of the disputes and commencing a new political phase.

Speaking on the election issue in Kurdistan and explaining the political parties’ views on the process Talabani said “The PUK and the majority of other political parties support holding a pure election on time,” he said, according to the statement.

However, Talabani added that “The electoral law must be amended the voters’ register list must be cleaned up.”

“The minorities must elect their representatives, they should not be used as a pressure card,” Talabani stressed.

In the meantime, the PUK President emphasized supporting the “national” efforts for the sake of succeeding the incumbent Iraqi government as well as its agenda to enhance the pillars of statehood, the office added in the statement.

Moreover, the PUK president had earlier received ambassadors of the U.S., France, and Germany in the Iraqi capital, discussing the situation concerning Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region.

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