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Iraqi, Kurdish military hold new round of talks at Fish Khabur

By Rudaw 30/10/2017
The border crossing point of Fish Khabur between the Kurdistan Region and Syria. Rudaw photo
The border crossing point of Fish Khabur between the Kurdistan Region and Syria. Rudaw photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Iraqi military officials and their Kurdish counterparts went into a new round of talks on Monday under the auspices of the United States in Fish Khabur so seek a settlement for recent disputes and the threat of further military confrontation, particularly over the border crossing point.

“Both sides have agreed on some points and are close to reaching a final agreement,” a well-placed source close to the meeting, told Rudaw. “Whenever it is signed, it will be made public.”

The source added the Iraqi military side were adamant that Fish Khabour crossing should be handed over to Baghdad, but “agreed for the Iraqi government and Peshmerga border guards as well as an American force to run the crossing.”

Concerning the Kurdistan areas outside the Kurdistan Region administration still held by the Peshmerga including Sheikhan, Mahmodiya, Sahela, Alqosh, Gwer and Khazir, the source revelaed it was suggested for them to be run jointly between the Peshmerga and Iraqi army.


According to information Rudaw obtained, Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu,  some other areas and airports will be dealt with according to the Iraqi constitution. 

The two sides are also working to negotiate a truce after deadly clashes this month in disputed areas that erupted in some of the disputed territories near the Syrian border and south of Erbil. 

The most recent clashes occurred at the Fish Khabur border crossing, which is located in undisputed Kurdistan Region territory. One of the main issues to be resolved in the talks is the borders. 

After a meeting on Saturday, chief of staff of the Iraqi army General Othman al-Ghanim said they had “reached a mutual understanding on some points,” but a final agreement was in the hands of the Kurdish delegation. 

Comments

 
Bahjat | 30/10/2017
Lets face it, Baghdad won and it will take what it asks for in the end let alone the humiliation and innocent lives lost during last two weeks.Shia hardliners of those run by Iran are just sick as ISIS are and dying in invasion makes them believe they going to heaven but in the end we can't blame Baghdad for everything especially losing the towns and cities because our divisions internally. PUK and PDK are both carrying same guilt. had we been united Iraq could not step one metre into disputed areas. this will go down in history as defeat and the humiliation will never be forgotten but shame on two major political mafia groups who pretending to be hero's when indeed they the biggest enemy we Kurdistani's have inside.
Kurds beware | 30/10/2017
you don't reach an agreement with Iraqis - they only know the rule of force and it is just a matter of time for them to use some excuse to ignite the fire again.
duroi | 30/10/2017
US logistics to SDF forces in Syria is now at stake. US was warned few months ego about exactly this move by the Shiites to block the logistics of SDF in Syria and US was advised to open a corridor from Rojava to Jordan using SDF and KRG forces to blunt this Shiite move. But it seems Trump's team is focusing more on making a deal with Iran's Rouhani instead, and Rouhani has turned his advances down for a meeting 5 weeks ego (according to BBC). Let's see the sacrifice of Kurdish lamb in Iraq will get him a date now with the Ayatollahs. Scarborough rightly put it: U.S. Can’t Keep Going to War ‘Half-Assed’. [in brackets, I read on BBC that Rouhani turned down a meeting with Trump a month ego].

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