A member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Relations Committee said in response to the Baghdad-Erbil agreement on Sinjar: “It was we who liberated the city during the war against ISIS.”
According to News i, “Kaveh Sheikh Mus”, a member of the PKK Relations Committee, in response to the Baghdad-Erbil agreement on Sinjar, stated in an interview with Baghdad Al-Youm news website: The agreement between the central government and the Kurdistan Region regarding Sinjar is an internal matter. It has nothing to do with us, it is the people of Sinjar who have to decide their own destiny, they can accept or reject the agreement.
The senior PKK member said: “The people of Sinjar were able to liberate their city from the control of ISIS with our help, and the Peshmerga forces or the Turkish army had no role in this, and those who think that this agreement will be a victory for the PKK.” They are wrong because we released Sinjar and handed it over to the people of this city years ago.
The central government of Iraq and the local government of the Kurdistan Region have recently agreed to end the PKK’s presence in and around Sinjar, and the group will play no role in the region’s future.
According to Middle East News, Qais al-Khazali, the secretary general of Asaeb al-Haq, reacted in a statement to the Baghdad-Erbil agreement on how to govern the city of Sinjar.
Al-Khazali added in the statement that the recent agreement between the central government and the Kurdistan Region, which includes the withdrawal of al-Hashd al-Shabi forces liberating the city of Sinjar, is a political introduction and an electoral deal to the detriment of the Yazidis. This suffering will continue.
Al-Khazali concluded by urging national groups to express their views on the issue and to take a position commensurate with the importance and riskiness of the agreement.
Details of the official document of the Sinjar agreement between Baghdad and Erbil
The agreement to restore stability and normalize the situation in the city of Sinjar, which was signed between Baghdad and Erbil, includes three axes: security, administration and reconstruction.
According to a document signed by Hamid Rashid Falih, the deputy head of the National Security Service, and Riber Ahmad Khalid, the interior minister, the key points of the agreement are as follows:
In the administrative axis, it was agreed that the election of the new governor of Sinjar will be done according to the constitutional mechanism in a way that is independent, honest and accepted by the people.
It was further emphasized that other administrative positions will be reviewed by the Joint Bilateral Committee after the election of the Governor of Sinjar, and that principles such as integrity, professionalism and demographic composition of the region will be considered.
In terms of security, the agreement stipulates that the police and national security and intelligence services will be solely responsible for security inside Sinjar, and that other units and armed groups will be relocated outside the city under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command and Al-Hashd al-Shabi.
The statement added that the security of Sinjar would be strengthened by the deployment of 2,500 internal security forces and that the fair participation of Sinjar refugees in the camps would be ensured, with 1,000 members of the Sinjar security forces and 1,500 IDPs. will be.
In the continuation of the paragraph related to the security axis, it is also mentioned that the presence of the PKK from Sinjar and the surrounding areas will be ended and this group will not play any role in this area.
Regarding the Sinjar reconstruction axis, it was stated that a joint committee of the federal government and the regional government will be formed for the reconstruction of the city in coordination with the Ninawa governorate, and the responsibilities and details of its duties will be determined by the prime minister and the prime minister.
The city of Sinjar is located 130 km west of Mosul and 55 km from the city of Tal Afar.