Falah Mustafa: We Understand the Unrest of Iraq
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.”