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 Main Iraqi Kurdistan parties meeting convenes to discuss security situation

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Main Iraqi Kurdistan parties meeting convenes to discuss security situation  21.2.2011  

February 21, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The main political parties in northern Iraq's Kurdistan Region have began a meeting in Erbil to discuss the current security developments in the Region, following the recent demonstrations in Sulaimaniyah city, a source close to the meeting said.

"The meeting is scheduled to discuss the current developments in Kurdistan Region, especially after the clashes that took place in Sulaimaniyah city during the past few days," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The same source, who attended the meeting said: "the extensive meeting of the Kurdistan parties was held at the headquarters of the Region's Council of Ministers, led by Kurdistan premier Barham Salih,                

Kurdistan parliament. Main Iraqi Kurdistan parties meeting convenes to discuss security situation. Feb 21, 2011

with the participation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the opposition Gorran (Change) Movement, the Islamic Union, the Islamic Group, the Kurdistan Socialist Party and the Iraqi Communist Party."

A teenage boy was killed and 48 people were wounded Sunday evening when hundreds of demonstrators clashed with Kurdish security forces in Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, officials said.

On Saturday, clashes between police and protesters in Sulaimaniyah injured 14 people, according to a regional health official. 1,500 protesters had attempted to march to Salem street in the centre of the city,
www.ekurd.netthe site of violent demonstrations that left two young men dead and 54 wounded on Thursday.

Hundreds of demonstrators have gone to the streets in Sulaimaniyah city last Thursday, demanding the improvement of public services and living standards, fighting corruption and taking political reforms, causing 7 people killed and 42 others injured, following shooting that took place in front of KDP's headquarters in the city, where the demonstrators gathered.

Most of the demonstrators opposed Massoud Barzani, Kurdistan regional president, and the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party.

The violence followed another demonstration by hundreds of students at Sulaimaniyah University seeking the release of people arrested in previous protests and the prosecution of a local party official they said ordered security forces to open fire.

On Thursday, Barzani issued a statement saying the protests were the work of a "very small group of people determined to undermine the stability of the region."

The KDP, led by Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani, and the PUK, led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, have for decades lorded over Kurdistan.

Massoud Barzani and his relatives control a large number of commercial enterprises in Kurdistan-Iraq, with a gross value of several billion US dollars. The family is routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by Kurdish media as well as international observers.

The Governor of Sulaimaniyah, Bahruz Saleh, meanwhile imposed a curfew on the city from 07:00 pm to 07:00 am, local time, whilst three of Gorran Movement's positions in the Region were attacked, along with breaking through and burning of party positions in Erbil, Duhok and Soran cities, causing no casualties.

The said Kurdistan's main political parties have called for the said emergency meeting to discuss the crisis caused by the demonstrations and their aftermath. 

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