State­ment: meet­ing be­tween KRG and Pesh­merga Gen­eral Com­mand

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Based on the in­struc­tion of Ma­soud Barzani, Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Com­man­der-in-Chief of Kur­dis­tan’s Pesh­merga forces, a joint meet­ing be­tween the mil­i­tary and the govern­ment was held in Er­bil 14 June

Er­bil, Kur­dis­tan ( KRG. org) – Based on the in­struc­tion of Ma­soud Barzani, Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Com­man­derin-Chief of Kur­dis­tan’s Pesh­merga forces, a joint meet­ing be­tween the mil­i­tary and the govern­ment was held in Er­bil to­day, 14 June 2014.

The meet­ing was held un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Kos­rat Ra­sul, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Vice Pres­i­dent and Deputy Com­man­der-in-Chief of Kur­dis­tan’s Pesh­merga forces, and KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani. A num­ber of com­man­ders and se­nior of­fi­cials par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing.

The with­drawal of the Iraqi Army from sev­eral Iraqi gov­er­norates was dis­cussed in de­tail, as well as the role of the Pesh­merga forces fill­ing the vac­uum caused by this with­drawal. This de­ci­sion was taken be­cause of a sense of na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect peace, sta­bil­ity, and the people liv­ing in these ar­eas, in­clud­ing Kurds, Arabs, Turk­men, Sun­nis, and Shia. This is an ex­pres­sion of the loy­alty and the com­mit­ment of the Pesh­merga forces to pro­tect the sta­bil­ity of the coun­try and the lives and well be­ing of its people. Pesh­merga forces will act ac­cord­ing to their full sense of na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing re­as­sured the people liv­ing in ar­eas un­der Pesh­merga con­trol that the sta­bil­ity of these ar­eas and the lives and well be­ing of res­i­dents will be pro­tected in ev­ery way pos­si­ble, adding that they have noth­ing to fear be­cause the Pesh­merga will loy­ally pro­tect them.

Par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing ex­pressed their sorrow and dis­ap­point­ment re­gard­ing the cir­cum­stances that Iraq faces to­day. At the same time, this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion has proved that the ap­proach of the lead­er­ship of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has been true to the people and the lead­ers of Iraq – that Iraq can only be gov­erned through com­mit­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion and the prin­ci­ple of con­sen­sus through which all groups of Iraq feel that they are part of the coun­try’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Kur­dis­tan’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship has on many oc­ca­sions warned about the pos­si­bil­ity of the emer­gence of this type of sit­u­a­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, some did not feel this was a threat.

In the meet­ing it was agreed that the Pesh­merga would hold de­fen­sive po­si­tions, and have never taken any of­fen­sive mea­sures and do not want any com­pli­ca­tions to be cre­ated on the front lines. It was also em­pha­sized that the so­lu­tion for the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion can only be reached by gen­uine po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment, not through mil­i­tary means and not with­out con­sen­sus. This is why it was re­it­er­ated that sta­bil­ity and progress would only re­turn to Iraq through the es­tab­lish­ment of con­sen­sus among Shia, Sunni, Kurds, and other com­po­nents of Iraqi so­ci­ety.

Par­tic­i­pants also pointed out that since Kurds have been vic­tims of ter­ror­ism them­selves, they are com­mit­ted to in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions to es­tab­lish sta­bil­ity and con­trib­ute ac­tively to the pro­mo­tion of in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

In or­der to su­per­vise and work hard in a co­or­di­nated man­ner dur­ing these cir­cum­stances, the meet­ing de­cided the fol­low­ing.

First: The es­tab­lish­ment of a high level se­cu­rity and mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions room in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to over­see all se­cu­rity and mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties, in line with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s laws, to­gether with Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions; and the cre­ation of tem­po­rary rooms in the var­i­ous ar­eas where they should all work to­gether with a com­mon stance, com­prised of all com­po­nents of the so­ci­ety of Kur­dis­tan.

Sec­ond: That only Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Jab­bar Yawar, the Spokesper­son of the Re­gion’s armed forces, is au­tho­rised to give of­fi­cial state­ments re­gard­ing the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pesh­merga forces.

The meet­ing also high­lighted the fol­low­ing two re­quests.

First: Mem­bers of the fam­i­lies that have fled vi­o­lence in Mo­sul and other cities and en­tered the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are our broth­ers and sis­ters. We have pro­vided what­ever as­sis­tance pos­si­ble to help them and we will con­tinue sup­port­ing them. We also ex­tend our call to the gen­er­ous people of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to pro­vide as­sis­tance and sup­port to these fam­i­lies, in line with the Re­gion’s se­cu­rity and ad­min­is­tra­tive guide­lines.

Sec­ond: We urge the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­vide aid and as­sis­tance to those dis­placed people who have left their homes and be­long­ings be­hind and en­tered the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and to part­ner with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment in sup­port­ing these fam­i­lies.

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