Kurdistan’s Barzani calls on PKK to leave Iraq’s Sinjar

DUHOK, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister and deputy leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP, Nechirvan Barzani, said the KRG will not accept the self-assertion of any party to remain in Sinjar by force.Kurdistan expects armed members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to act “reasonably” and leave the Yazidi region of Sinjar, Barzani said in a meeting with Yazidi community leaders in Duhok on Monday.Barzani met with an Yazidi delegation headed by Mir Tahsin Bag, the grand authority of the ethno-religious Yazidi community in Iraq, the KRG said in a statement on Monday.

Barzani said the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) prevents the KRG’s reconstruction of the district.“We don’t desire to make war and conflict but we don’t accept the self-assertion of any force in Sinjar,” Barzani said, referring to PKK-affiliated groups.

Barzani stated that the KRG expects the PKK to withdraw from Sinjar, just as Peshmerga forces pulled out of Kobani, and added he hoped the PKK “understands the sensitivity and complication of the situation.”

The KRG wants to begin the campaign to reconstruct the district of Sinjar, Barzani said.The United States wants only the official forces from the Kurdistan Region and Iraq stationed in Sinjar, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Region’s Presidency.Clashes break out in the district of Sinune in Sinjar on March 3 after Roj Peshmerga were deployed to the area that is controlled by the YBS, a group loyal to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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