Basnews English – 23/06/2017 – 03:41 – SORAN — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has seized the situation on the borders between Kurdistan Region and Turkey to impose its control on the area which is considered a threat to civilians there, said mayor of Soran city, located northeast Erbil.
Even though their military activities have decreased in the area, but PKK moves forces in civilian-populated regions to escape Turkish airstrikes which is posing threat to the people of Kurdistan Region, said mayor Krmanj Ezzat. He pointed out that PKK’s presence on Kurdistan Region’s territories has no legitimacy according to the international laws, and the party is rejecting withdrawal of its forces despite constant calls to leave. www.mesop.de
EU parliament president says we need stability in Iraqi Kurdistan
MESOP NEWS 23 June 2017 – BRUSSELS,— Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, said on Thursday European countries need stability in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.Tajani, responding to NRT TV ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels, said the referendum in the Kurdistan Region is an issue in Iraq and Europe wants stability in the region.
Policy Report – 19 June, 2017 – Competing Interests in Shingal District: Examining the PKK-linked Structures, Defusing Tensions
This report concerns the political and security situation in Shingal after the summer of 2014 when Yazidi population of the district was exposed to atrocities at the hands of ISIS. The area has since them become an arena of competition between local, national and regional actors. This report provides a set of recommendations to the PKK, the PKK affiliates, the KRG (KDP and PUK), the Government of Iraq, Turkey and the US with an aim of promoting stabilisation and the well-being of the local population. Excecutive Summary or Download the full report in PDF http://mailchi.mp/meri-k/meri-newsletter-special-edition-on-post-isis-recovery-of-nineveh-june-2017?e=1af53e947e
MESOP NEWS ALARM ! : HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH BLAMES KRG-KURDISH REGIONAL GOVERNMENT IRAQ – Kurdish Authorities Delaying Civilians Fleeing ISIS
2017-06-22 – (AFP) — Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused Kurdish authorities of delaying thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing from militant-held areas at checkpoints, in some cases within range of front lines.
@BayanRahman – .@washingtonpost ‘Changes happened 100 yrs ago, the Kurds were bystanders. We are not going to be bystanders again.’
But the Middle East is not going to get its newest nation just yet.
US official says Abadi and Barzani are to solve the question of referendum
21 June 2017 – MESOP – US General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that the question of holding referendum in Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been left to be solved and decided by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the region’s President Masoud Barzani.
According to U.S. Defense Ministry’s website, Dunford told a press conference on Monday over the Iraqi Kurds decision to hold a referendum of independence that the main issue for the U.S. in Iraq is to give more support to Iraqi forces in order to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. He added that the question of the referendum has been left for Barzani and Abadi and the people of the country to decide about and solve the problem.
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21 June 2017 – MESOP – Democrat Youth Community of Europe Encourages Kurdistan to Hold Independence Referendum
ERBIL — The Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) released a statement on June 20th to announce its support for the aspirations of the Kurdistan Region people for independence and called for the recognition of the struggles and sacrifices of the Kurds and other components living in the Kurdistan Region.
DEMYC acknowledges “The non-binding character of the referendum for independence of the Kurdistan Region from the Republic of Iraq, and the aspirations of citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.”
MESOP NEWS : KURDISH INDEPENDENCE IS ON THE AGENDA
21 June 2017 BasNews – ERBIL — The Italian government is not against the independence of Kurdistan and its official during several meetings have expressed support for an imminent referendum on the region’s independence form Iraq, said Rezan Qader, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to Italy.
In an exclusive interview with BasNews, Qader explained the diplomatic relations between Rome and Erbil as well as the support of Italy for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their war against Islamic State (IS).
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The British debate about Kurdexit – By Gary Kent – Gary Kent is the director of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). He writes this column for Rudaw in a personal capacity. The address for the all-party group is firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 June 2017 – RUDAW – When Daesh menaced Kurdistani cities in 2015, London Mayor Boris Johnson visited British troops training the Peshmerga and was pictured with an AK47 alongside a Peshmerga. He had previously met ‘a dynamic and forward-looking young politician,’ Nechirvan Barzani, ‘the prime minister of the fledgling state of Kurdistan’ and wrote that ‘…we should help because we have a moral duty to that part of the world. It was the British who took the decision in the early Twenties to ignore the obvious ethnic divisions, and not to create a Kurdistan,’ which he described as ‘one of the few bright spots in the Middle East.’