Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani vis­its Mount Sin­jar

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Meet­ing mem­bers of the Kur­dish Yezidi com­mu­nity in the area and com­man­ders of the bat­tle­front, fight­ing against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, known as ISIS, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani was briefed on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and the sit­u­a­tion in the re­cently lib­er­ated ar­eas, the process of the re­turn of the dis­placed fam­i­lies to their homes and the pro­vi­sion of ba­sic pub­lic ser­vices in the town. Prime Min­is­ter Barzani stressed that Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment will dis­patch spe­cial teams to the area in or­der to as­sess its ba­sic needs.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani hailed the role of the com­man­ders and the Yezidi Pesh­merga forces for their re­silience to con­front ISIS from the be­gin­ning of the at­tacks.

Vis­it­ing Sheikh Sharaf­fadin Shrine, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani told the press, “The aim of our visit to the Shrine of Sheikh Sharaf­fadin and meet­ing th­ese brave fight­ers who have been re­sist­ing for months is first to ex­press the KRG’s grat­i­tude for their gal­lantry and sacrifice in de­fend­ing the Mount Sin­jar; se­condly, to send a mes­sage to our beloved Yizidi sis­ters and brothers that the KRG re­spects their com­mu­nity and un­der­stands their deep dis­tress. Thanks to God and due to the brav­ery and the hard work of th­ese fight­ers this en­tire area has been lib­er­ated from ISIS ter­ror­ists.”

The Prime Min­ster pointed out that to­gether with lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cials they have dis­cussed the nec­es­sary steps to re­con­struct and rein­tro­duce ba­sic pub­lic ser­vices. He said, “We hope to make all the nec­es­sary ser­vices avail­able after the com­plete lib­er­a­tion of the town of Sin­jar that would al­low the re­turn of life to the re­gion and the dis­placed peo­ple to their homes.”

Re­gard­ing com­pen­sa­tions for the re­gion, the Prime Min­is­ter said, “The KRG com­mit­tees will visit the area and we will do our best to com­pen­sate the peo­ple and help­ing them to re­turn to their homes.”

Re­gard­ing pos­si­ble in­ter- na­tional recog­ni­tion of the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by ISIS against Yezidi Kurds in Sin­jar as geno­cide, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said, “For this pur­pose, we have formed a com­mis­sion where two KRG min­is­ters are among the mem­bers as well as eye wit­nesses. We be­lieve that what hap­pened to the Yezidis is geno­cide, and the gov­ern­ment will spare no ef­fort in help­ing that the crimes com­mit­ted against the Yezidi Kurds be in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized as geno­cide.”

Re­gard­ing the ad­vance of the Pesh­merga forces to­wards Sin­jar, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said, “Lib­er­at­ing Sin­jar town was not in the plan of the re­cent op­er­a­tion, started later last month. It tar­geted only the lib­er­a­tion of Mount Sin­jar, Si­noun town and the sur- round­ing ar­eas. Now, Pesh­merga forces look at Sin­jar as their next step. When the mil­i­tary com­man­ders deem the time has come, the op­er­a­tion of com­plete lib­er­a­tion of Sin­jar will be launched.”

He also re­as­sured the Yezidi com­mu­nity that the KRG “con­tin­ues to ex­ert great ef­forts to free the Yezidi women and young girls, ab­ducted by ISIS ter­ror­ists. How­ever, the plans can­not be dis­closed to the me­dia.”

Sheikh Is­maiel, Yezidi re­li­gious dig­ni­tary in Sheikh Sharaf­fadin Shrine, con­sid­ered Prime Min­is­ter Barzani’s visit to the shrine as vis­it­ing the homes of the en­tire Yezidi com­mu­nity.

He said that since the main route to the moun­tain has been freed, hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief starts to reach the dis­placed Yezidis.

He said, “Our main re­quest will be to free the ab­ducted Yezidi women from the hands of ISIS ter­ror­ists. We would also like to cre­ate a gover­norate of Sin­jar at­tached to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and link­ing Sin­jar’s elec­tric­ity grid to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which is cur­rently de­pen­dent on Mo­sul.”

Qasim Shesho, one of the Yezidi com­man­ders who stayed in the moun­tain and fought against the ISIS ter­ror­ists, con­sid­ered Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani and Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani’s vis­its to the re­gion as his­tor­i­cal.

He said, “We want to tell those who were say­ing that Pesh­merga forces did not as­sume their duty in Sin­jar when ISIS at­tacked that it is with the Pesh­marga sac­ri­fices and blood that the route to the moun­tain has been freed.”

Re­spond­ing to the state­ments re­port­edly call­ing to cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent re­gion for Sin­jar, Qasim Shesho said th­ese state­ments are against the will and de­sire of the peo­ple of the town. We are and will re­main part of Kur­dis­tan, but we ask the Prime Min­is­ter to cre­ate a gover­norate of Sin­jar.”

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani also met the mil­i­tary com­man­ders and of­fi­cers who stayed on the moun­tain from the early days of ISIS at­tacks and pro­tected the moun­tain, the dis­placed Yezidi Kurds and the Shrine. He was briefed on the lat­est mil­i­tary de­vel­op­ments and the Pesh­merga forces mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani meets with the Yezidi com­mu­nity and Pesh­marge com­man­ders on Mount Sin­jar dur­ing a visit to the re­cently lib­er­ated town of Si­noun and Sheikh Sharaf­fadin Shrine on Mount Sin­jar on Mon­day, Jan­uary 5, 2015.

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