Calls to review security of disputed areas intensify

July 4, 2018 at 9:49 am

The meeting between KRG's ministry of peshmerga and the international coalition delegation on 2 July. Photo: Media Department of the Ministry of Peshmerga

The meeting between KRG's ministry of peshmerga and the international coalition delegation on 2 July. Photo: Media Department of the Ministry of Peshmerga

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk

The recent security breaches in Kirkuk and other disputed areas led to intensifying calls by the international coalition and peshmerga forces to review the security situation of the disputed areas.

The Ministry of Peshmerga released a statement after the meeting confirming that the two parties discussed the security situation in the disputed areas and the emergence of militants on 2 July.

Several security breaches were recorded, sometimes with casualties, in some distant villages of Kirkuk and Diyala recently.

General Secretary of the Ministry of Peshmerga Jabar Yawar discussed the meeting with KirkukNow, “The coalition meeting was ordinary, as such meetings are held once every two weeks. We discussed the training of peshmerga, the assistance to peshmerga and the way we confront the Islamic State.”

The meetings memo claimed, “The situation of the disputed areas was evaluated. Both parties were holding the view that there should be an urgent review of the security plan of these areas.”

Concerning the security of the disputed areas, Yawar said, “The fate of these areas is bound to the negotiations between the Iraqi government and KRG.”

An important party of the disputes in Iraq, the international coalition often urges stability in Iraq to prevent any militant exploitation.

In the Kurdistan region, the government and several parties call for a joint force and the return of peshmerga to the disputed areas and Kirkuk, to enhance its security. However, Baghdad is yet to make a final decision on this regard, although several meetings have been conducted for that purpose.

The international coalition to fight against IS was formed late in 2014. Led by the US to confront the militant organization in Iraq and Syria, the coalition continues to work through airstrikes and advisory roles in the fight.

 

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