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Kurdistan

Divided Syrian Kurds reach deal in face of ISIS threat

By Rudaw 22/10/2014
The deal was agreed in the presence of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani.
The deal was agreed in the presence of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani.

DOHUK, Kurdistan Region – Syrian Kurdish parties agreed here on Wednesday to set aside their long-standing differences and cooperate militarily and politically in face of an Islamic State onslaught in their region.

In the presence of Massoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Region’s president, who sponsored days of negotiations in Dohuk, the deal was agreed between the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the dominant party in the Rojava region of Syrian Kurdistan now under attack, and other parties that are closer to the KRG.

The groups agreed to set up a 30-member power-sharing council to run the Kurdish cantons in Syria. They would also form a joint military force, sources familiar with the talks told Rudaw. 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 to the exclusion of other factions.

Barzani told the new allied Kurdish parties, after the deal was reached, that it 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 not intend the Kurds to be united."

The Dohuk agreement came as the Kurdistan Regional Parliament in Erbil overwhelmingly approved a proposal to send its Peshmerga to support under-armed Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

The Syrian Kurdish parties were previously at odds over the PYD’s declaration of autonomy in Syrian Kurdistan in 2012 and last year. The PYD, linked to Turkey's banned Kurdistan Workers' Party, was also previously hostile to the KRG because of Erbil's close relationship with Ankara.

But the ISIS threat has forced the parties together. Salih Muslim, head of the PYD, whose People’s Protection Units (YPG) are defending Kobane, said in Dohuk earlier this week: “All Kurdish people are under attack, so they should be united.”

 

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United Kurdistan | 22/10/2014
Good news Guys, we all get to know each other more. Have lots of meeting and discussions please.
United state of kurdistan | 22/10/2014
It's about time the kurds unite. No one will help us but ourselves. May God bless each and every Kurd and kurdistan. Har BEJIT PESHMERGA and har BEJIT YPG!! Inshallah we will be united forever.
.... | 22/10/2014
The main problem in KRG is being divided beetween parties. And know you want to create that problem in Rojava? For your own intrests. There is unity in Rojava. You just want power.
Kurd Herki | 22/10/2014
Pull together form alliances free Kurdistan you have already lost so much declare independence now who are you scared of the time is now join rojava with KRG setup a state called it Kurdistan until the other parts are ready how many more massacres do you need stop running to Baghdad to be part of Iraq boycott Iraqi government you will not be crowned king if you are elected to Iraqi parliament its a disgrace for our martyred work for your cause
seyed nezami kurane | 22/10/2014
from canada im so happy finnly bj masoud barzani kurdish hero
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