nsnbc : Jabar Yawar, Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Ministry of Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region (KAR) said the Kurdish military delegation in charge of negotiations with Iraq had submitted to their Iraqi counterparts a seven-point paper concerning border and territorial disputes and that they are now waiting to hear back from Baghdad.
“In the latest meeting between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government held on Thursday in Mosul, each side had prepared a seven-point paper for talks. After each side reading the others’ papers, and we receiving Kurdistan political leadership’s consent, we handed a [final] seven-point paper to Iraq and are now awaiting their response,” Yawar said.
Speaking about the content of the paper Yawar said “Overall, the paper contains the deployment of joint forces to the disputed areas, the numbers of the force and who would command them.” He added that they suggested the deployment of “civilian and coalition forces to the border crossings.”
Erbil and Baghdad have faced off each other near Fish Khabur in the tri-border region of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. The Peshmerga and Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi also came to brief clashes last week. The region is particularly sensitive because it links, territorially and strategically, Kurdish forces from Iraq, Turkey and Syria, while the triangle also is important for Iranian – Kurds who seek self-determination, autonomy or independence from Tehran.
Without providing further details about the seven points, Yawar said there were serious disagreements over three of them. Iraqi and Kurdish military officials have met a few times under coalition supervision in the past two weeks to settle differences peacefully than through force.
CH/L – nsnbc 04.11.2017