PM Barzani: Pesh­marga’s fight against ter­ror­ism is to pro­tect hu­man rights prin­ci­ples

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, on Mon­day re­ceived Mr. Jean As­sel­born, Min­is­ter of For­eign and Euro­pean Af­fairs of Lux­em­bourg and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion.

The two sides dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion of the in­ter­nally dis­placed Iraqis and Syr­ian refugees that fled the vi­o­lent re­pres­sion of the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion, ISIS, and took refuge in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

They high­lighted the heavy bur­den that this pop­u­la­tion rep­re­sents on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment at a time when the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is go­ing through a fi­nan­cial cri­sis, lack of bud­get and a war which has been im­posed on it by ISIS.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent joint re­port by the United Na­tions and KRG Min­istry of Plan­ning, the IDPs and refugees in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion rep­re­sent 28 per cent of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. De­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has ac­com­mo­dated and pro­vided them all the as­sis­tance and ser­vices that it can.

The vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion stressed that it will plead the plight of the IDPs and refugees be­fore the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in par­tic­u­lar the Euro­pean coun­tries, for them to pro­vide fur­ther aid to the IDPs in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The del­e­ga­tion also stressed that it will raise this is­sue at the con­fer­ence of donor coun­tries, which is sched­uled to be held in Kuwait next week and will in­form the audi- ence about the ex­tent of hu­man­i­tar­ian du­ties that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment has im­ple­mented to­wards the dis­placed and refugees.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani em­pha­sised that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has em­braced all the dis­placed per­sons re­gard­less of eth­nic­ity, reli­gion or sect.

Both sides also dis­cussed the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Iraq, the fight against ISIS and the progress made by the Kur­dis­tan Pesh­marga Forces on the front­line against ter­ror­ism. The del­e­ga­tion ex­pressed its gov­ern­ment’s readi­ness to pro­vide the nec­es­sary as­sis­tance for med­i­cal treat­ment to in­jured Pesh­marga.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said that the Pesh­marga forces are fight­ing against ISIS ter­ror­ists in or­der to de­fend and pro­tect the prin­ci­ples of hu­man rights, which are val­ues that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion shares with all sup­port­ers of free­dom across the world.

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