Falah Mustafa: We Un­der­stand the Un­rest of Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The Iraqi govern­ment has ex­pressed its deep con­cerns about the with­drawal of the fighters of the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK) from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Bor­ders, which is be­ing im­ple­mented as part of the peace process be­tween the PKK and the Turk­ish govern­ment.

Min­is­ter Flaah Mustafa, head of the Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions (DFR) at the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG), stated that his govern­ment un­der­stands the con­cerns of Bagh­dad in this re­spect.

“We un­der­stand the Iraqi govern­ment con­cerns and this is a nor­mal and com­mon tra­di­tion,” stated Min­is­ter Mustafa. “The KRG is not part of gueril­las with­drawal process into Kur­dis­tan Re­gion bor­ders. We hope that this process is com­pleted peace­fully and Kurds in Turkey achieve their eth­nic rights.”

The KRG Min­istry of Pesh­marga, on the other hands, an­nounced in an of­fi­cial state­ment that the ar­eas, where the with­draw­ing PKK gueril­las are set­tling, have been long oc­cu­pied by them and the re­gional pow­ers have never been able to con­trol over them.

“The PKK have been set­tling in these ar­eas from long ago and have never ob­tained any per­mit or agree­ment from the KRG nor from any other state, and these ar­eas have never been un­der mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity con­trol of none of these states or Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and the sta­tus quo in these ar­eas are not from to­day from many years ago and this re­al­ity is clear for all par­ties.”

The state­ment reads that the stand­point of the min­istry is the same as the pres­i­dency and the govern­ment of KRG, who are with the peace­ful so­lu­tion of the Kur­dish is­sue with the coun­ties in the re­gion rather than us­ing weapons and armed con­flict.

“We re­it­er­ate that as part of the KRG, the Min­istry of Pesh­marga has the same cur­rent and past stance as the KRG and the Re­gion’s Pres­i­dency with re­gards to the process of peace­ful so­lu­tion of the is­sue of the Kur­dish eth­nic rights in Turkey and other coun­tries and es­pe­cially sup­ports this peace process be­tween the Turk­ish Govern­ment and PKK.”

“Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, the first step of the process is cease­fire, and the last step is com­plete dis­ar­ma­ment from all par­ties and a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion of all prob­lems, which is the wish of ev­ery peace-lov­ing party.”

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