Pres­i­dent Barzani brings Kur­dish par­ties to­gether

Syr­ian Kur­dish par­ties agreed to co­op­er­ate to fight against Is­lamic State group

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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."

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