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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06KIRKUK33 2006-02-11 17:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL REO Kirkuk
VZCZCXRO3717
RR RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHMOS
DE RUEHKUK #0033 0421728
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 111728Z FEB 06
FM REO KIRKUK
TO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 0477
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0514
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEHKUK/REO KIRKUK 0541
C O N F I D E N T I A L KIRKUK 000033 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
BAGHDAD FOR POL, POLMIL, IRMO/IPCC, NCT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  2/11/2016 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV IZ
SUBJECT: (U) KURD TOILERS PARTY SEEKS USG INTERVENTION 
 
REF: A) KIRKUK 22, B) KIRKUK 7 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Scott Dean, Regional Coordinator (Acting), Reo 
Kirkuk, Department of State. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
1.  (SBU) INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY:  On February 7, RC(A)  met 
with Qadr Aziz, the General Secretary of the Kurdistan Toilers 
Party, a secular, left-leaning Kurdish party that participated 
in the December legislative elections as a member of the Kurdish 
Alliance with the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and 
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).  Qadr asked for the U.S. to 
intervene in Kurdistan Regional Government to combat growing 
corruption, which he claimed many Kurds blamed on the U.S., and 
help smaller parties play their rightful role.  END INTRODUCTION 
AND SUMMARY. 
 
 
(SBU) U.S. SHOULD INTERVENE 
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2.  (SBU) On democratization and corruption, Qadr said: 
 
-- Corruption is spreading throughout the government of 
Kurdistan.  Many Kurds blame the Americans for this because they 
see that U.S. support for the KDP and PUK does not seem to be 
conditioned on the parties' reducing  corruption. 
 
-- Many Kurds are worried that the U.S. will not push for 
democratic reform in Kurdistan.  Many note with concern that the 
U.S. is involving itself in the creation of the government in 
Baghdad but not of the unified Kurdistan Regional Government 
(KRG).  The U.S. is thus at fault when we see 30-year sentences 
in Kurdistan [for criticizing the government](reftels). 
 
-- U.S. involvement in the KRG would be beneficial and would 
help smaller parties and NGO's play their rightful role.  The 
U.S. should push for a more powerful role for the Kurdistan 
National Assembly, freedom of speech and "real democracy" in 
Kurdistan. 
 
-- Despite Kurdistan's progress since 1991 (and 2003), the 
ruling parties have not won the people's support because of 
their corruption. 
 
 
(SBU) UNIFICATION DEAL MAY BE OFF IF TALABANI NOT PRESIDENT 
--------------------------------------------- -------------- 
 
3.  (SBU) On unification of the two Kurdistan regional 
governments, Qadr said: 
 
-- Unification is a positive step but the people are not very 
excited about it because they are cynical about the ruling 
parties' intentions. 
 
-- Unification was necessary in part because Baghdad would only 
fund one regional Kurdish government, not two.  Unification 
would be easy if the KDP and PUK were not so political and 
distrustful of each other. 
 
-- However, the current division of top jobs between KDP and PUK 
leaders in the unified government is predicated on Talabani's 
remaining president of Iraq.  If that does not happen, then the 
unification deal could be in jeopardy. 
 
-- The Toilers Party, the Assyrian Democratic Movement, the 
Kurdistan Communist Party, the Kurdistan Socialist Party and the 
Kurdistan Islamic Group met recently to discuss their role in 
the unified KRG.  "We do not want to be in government only as 
window dressing to 'prove' that the new KRG is democratic." 
Before, the Toilers Party held the ministries of Culture and 
Transport.  Now they are only offering us "Ministers of the 
Region" (i.e., Ministers without Portfolio). 
 
 
(U) COMMENT 
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4.  (C) Qadr, as is typical of leaders of small parties that 
feel disadvantaged in the struggle for power here, is trying to 
draw the U.S. in to help solve their problems.  His claim that 
many Kurds blame us for Kurdistan's extensive corruption should 
be seen in that light, i.e., "you must help clean up the KRG 
before your reputation suffers greater damage."  Despite his 
self interest in American involvement, we have heard other Kurds 
do blame the omnipotent Americans for not having democratized 
the KRG by now. 
 
DEAN


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