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KRG and PKK reach agreement on pullout from Sinjar

By Rudaw 5/1/2017
PKK forces in Sinjar. Photo: Rudaw video
PKK forces in Sinjar. Photo: Rudaw video
By Hevidar Ahmed and Sarbaz Syamand 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has reportedly reached an agreement with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for a peaceful pullout of the PKK’s armed wing, the HPG, from the once savaged town of Sinjar, according to a source close to the PKK.

“The PKK and the Kurdistan Region have reached an agreement on pulling out the forces of the People’s Defence Force (HPG) from Sinjar,” Mohammed Amin Penjweni, a figure close to the PKK, told Rudaw. 

Penjweni also said that only forces made up from locals will stay in Sinjar to protect the town’s Yezidi population. “Only the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) and the Yezidi Women's Units (YJE) forces will remain – forces comprised of Sinjar’s Yezidi population tasked with protecting the Yezidi Kurds of the region. Dialogue and negotiations are ongoing between the two.”

The KRG’s spokesperson confirmed that they have received a positive response from the PKK on the question of the withdrawal of their forces from Sinjar. “The only thing left to be discussed is mechanisms whereby the PKK forces could leave Sinjar,” Safeen Dizayee said. 

Dizayee also expressed gratitude for the PKK in assisting the Peshmerga forces during the fight against ISIS in the region. 

The issue of the PKK’s pullout from Sinjar officially emerged at a conference on the independence of the Kurdistan Region held in December last year at the American University of Kurdistan in Duhok when the KRG Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani stressed that, “The PKK should leave Sinjar. Today’s presence of the PKK in Sinjar causes instability in the region.” 



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Azad | 6/1/2017
When tensions was high I said they should resolve this issue peacefully. I said KRG should thank PKK for their help and PKK should freely leave Shingal this will now happen inshallah. Kurds need unity and no fight and south Kurdistan needs independence no cantons.
We are all Kurdistani, never forget that! | 6/1/2017
Our enemies don't care if we are muslims, PKK,, PUK, communists, socialist, secular or not secular. When Dersim was bombarded by the Turkish state, did the Turks care? When Sadam attacked the Kurds, did he care what religion they belonged to? In turkey, everyone who once called themselves Kurds were killed. Never forget that you are Kurdistani, no matter what ideology or religion you identify with. Never forget that only the Kurdistani can gurantee our safety, our freedom and only in an independent Kurdistan will we be free in a democracy!
KURDISH STATE | 6/1/2017
A brave step in the right path of the Kurdish unity.
T.I | 6/1/2017
Good job to all sides for resolving this swiftly and peacefully, Turkey excuse to send more troops was destroyed, my guess is this was KDPs biggest concern. I hope the parties keep up this momentum and resolve the political dead lock as well.
Rawand | 6/1/2017
All Ezidi armed groups will come under Peshmerga command, in return only Ezidi Peshmerga units will be allowed in Shengal itself, an elegant solution that all sides are happy with.

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