Pres­i­dent Barzani con­sults with the lead­ers of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties

All the po­lit­i­cal par­ties re­it­er­ated the need for the Pesh­marga forces to stay in the dis­puted ar­eas

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani chaired a con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing of all the Kur­dis­tan po­lit­i­cal par­ties on 11 June to dis­cuss the re­cent events which led to the fall of Mo­sul and var­i­ous towns in the prov­inces of Sala­haddin, Diyala and Kirkuk into the hands of the ISIS (The Is­lamic State in Iraq and Sham) as a re­sult of the with­drawal of the Iraqi army and the se­cu­rity forces.

A state­ment fol­low­ing the meet­ing said that this sit­u­a­tion is a re­sult of a set­back in the po­lit­i­cal process which in turn has led to a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that is in stark con­trast to the Con­sti­tu­tion and con­sen­sus.

“Trust among the Iraqi po­lit­i­cal forces and na­tional com­po­nents must be re­stored anew, and a na­tional ini­tia­tive must be started to re­vive the po­lit­i­cal process by aban­don­ing poli­cies of marginal­iza­tion, sec­tar­i­an­ism and au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. Mil­i­tary so­lu­tions will lead Iraq to a more dan­ger­ous state and will threaten the whole coun­try,” the state­ment read.

The par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing ap­plauded the brave role of the Pesh­marga forces in pro­tect­ing the cit­i­zens in the af­fected ar­eas. They con­demned ter­ror­ism in all shapes and forms and re­it­er­ated that there will be no com­pro­mis­ing with ter­ror­ist groups. They also reaf- firmed to con­tinue to sup­port the refugees from the war zones and called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to as­sist the tens of thou­sands of refugees that have fled to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Mo­hammed Haji Mah­mud, the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan So­cial Demo­cratic Party, who was one of the par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing said: “Dur­ing the meet­ing all the par­tic­i­pants agreed that Pres­i­dent Barzani is the sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Kur­dis­tan re­gion in any fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tion, and the fi­nal de­ci­sion will be made by him.”

Mah­mud also said that all the par­ties re­it­er­ated that Pesh­marga should not with­draw from the ar­eas that have re­cently been con­trolled by the Kurd- ish forces. Af­ter the Iraqi Army left Kirkuk and some other dis­puted ar­eas, the Pesh­marge forces took over and are now pro­tect­ing the places and the people from any ter­ror­ist at­tacks by the ISIS.

Barzani's meet­ing with the party lead­ers came af­ter a visit he made to Europe which in­cluded France and Italy. Barzani re­turned to Kur­dis­tan last week. On his visit, the Pres­i­dent met with the Pres­i­dent Hol­lande in Paris, the Pope at the Vat­i­can and se­nior Ital­ian of­fi­cials in Rome. Re­ceiv­ing refugees from Mo­sul and other ar­eas af­ter the erup­tion of the hos­til­i­ties has been well ap­pre­ci­ated by the Euro­pean coun­tries vis­ited by Barzani.

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