PM Barzani re­jects ru­mors of Syr­ian bor­der clo­sure

The KRG sup­ports any de­mand in line with the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

In a re­cent press con­fer­ence in Er­bil, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, re­jected ru­mors in the me­dia that the KRG had closed down its bor­der with Syria, adding that it is more likely to send hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the Syr­ian Kur­dish peo­ple through the bor­der.

“Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is only bor­der­ing with Syr­ian Kur­dish ar­eas via one gate which is Fishkhapour River. Our ju­ris­dic­tion is only ap­plied to Fishkhapour,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Barzani, there is an­other gate with Syria which is lo­cated in Zu­mar, which although mostly Kur­dish-pop­u­lated, is un­der the author­ity of Iraqi fed­eral government. He also added that the gate is pro­tected by the Iraqi Bor­der Guards.

He also de­scribed the on- go­ing me­dia at­tacks on the KRG around the sup­posed bor­der clo­sure as “un­just” stat­ing his be­lief that there is a “po­lit­i­cal pur­pose” be­hind such ef­forts.

More than 60,000 Syr­ian Kur­dish refugees are now liv­ing in the Iraqi Kur­dish cities. The KRG’s pol­icy is de­signed, as Barzani PM em­pha­sized, to of­fer “hu­man­i­tar­ian aid” to Syr­ian Kur­dish brethren.

Barzani also re­marked that it had over the past few years been try­ing to lend a hand to the Syr­ian Kur­dish ar­eas, which is re­ferred to as West­ern Kur­dis­tan in the Kur­dish me­dia. He fur­ther added that both Bagh­dad and Da­m­as­cus were not al­lowed to con­vey the aid pack­ages.

“The prece­dence of the KRG mis­sion is to pro­tect the sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion of the Re­gion. We ab­so­lutely do not ac­cept, for any rea­son, the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the se­cu­rity of the Re­gion.”

Mil­i­tary Brigades

In the same press con­fer­ence, the Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter ad­vised and urged Syr­ian Kur­dish par­ties to pro­tect their unity. He said that some of the Syr­ian Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties should not grab hold of the sit­u­a­tion which the peo­ple of West­ern Kur­dis­tan “do not ac­cept”.

On the sub­ject of help­ing the Kur­dish mil­i­tary brigades in Syria, the PM ex­plained that the KRG and Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) have more or less noth­ing to do with it.

He said that th­ese kinds of me­dia driven ef­forts are only tools for “mis­lead­ing” peo­ple, and re­it­er­ated that there is a po­lit­i­cal agenda be­hind the ef­forts.

“We are able to move our forces to­ward Syr­ian Kur­dish ar­eas. But we pre­fer to choose di­a­logue and a peace­ful so­lu­tion.”

Po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in Iraq

The Kur­dish PM pointed out the re­cent po­lit­i­cal chaos in Iraq, es­pe­cially the on­go­ing protests in the Iraqi Sunni cities. “The KRG will cer­tainly sup­port any de­mand which will be in keep­ing with the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion,” ex­plained Barzani.

He also be­lieved that the ex­ist­ing dis­putes in Iraq would not be in fa­vor of any party.

“Pres­ence of the Kur­dish Iraqi Pres­i­dent Jalal Tal­a­bani, re­ferred to as Mam Jalal by Kurds, in Bagh­dad would be very sig­nif­i­cant.” He added that the Pres­i­dent en­deav­ored hard to re­solve

the prob­lems “peace­fully”.

Barzani said KRG was be­ing at­tacked wrong­fully on the Syr­ian is­sue.

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