President Barzani brings Kurdish parties together
Syrian Kurdish parties agreed to cooperate to fight against Islamic State group
Syrian Kurdish parties agreed to put aside their long-standing differences and cooperate militarily and politically against Islamic State attacks in their region.
In a press conference held after the agreement was signed, it was announced that the deal was agreed between the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the dominant party in the Rojava region of Syrian Kurdistan, and the other parties that are closer to the KRG.
The groups agreed to set up a 30-member powersharing council to run the Kurdish cantons in Syria. They would also form a joint military force. The main PYD and pro-KRG elements would have 12 seats each. The PYD had been accused of dominating the autonomous cantons politically and militarily and excluding other factions.
After the deal was reached, Massoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Re- gion’s president, who sponsored days of negotiations in Duhok, told the new allied Kurdish parties that the agreement was an indication of the victory of Kurds over their long term enemies.
According to the official Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) website, he said: "This agreement brings us together, and itself is a significant answer to enemies who did not intend the Kurds to be united."
The Duhok agreement came as the Kurdistan Regional Parliament approved of plans to send Kurdish Peshmerga forces to support Kurdish fighters in the besieged city of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan.
This came after Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani officially asked Kurdistan Parlia- ment last Tuesday to hold an emergency session and vote on sending Peshmerga forces to Syrian Kurdistan to fight alongside Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
On Wednesday, Kurdistan Parliament held the meeting and after a few hours the Speaker announced that the Parliament has unanimously voted in favor of Barzani’s decision to send Kurdish forces through Turkey to Kobani in a near future.
In the past a few days, Turkish government said that they have approved Kurdish government request to send Peshmerga forces through Turkey to Kobani which has been under attack from IS terrorists for more than a month.
Regarding Barzani’s decision to send forces to Kobani, Salih Muslim, PYD leader said: “We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Kurdistan President and the Kurdish parties to send military support to Kobani and we are waiting for more support, because we are in need of more heavy weapons to defeat the IS."