KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani: We will work to turn Shingal district into a province.

February 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Erbil- A press conference by KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani, 13-03-2018 Photo: KRG website


The PM of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani has said that “the KRG will work to turn Shingal (Sinjar) district into an independent province within the Kurdistan Region”, emphasizing that they will “enhance cooperation with the Iraqi federal government to rebuild Shingal.”

Barzani’s comments came at a special ceremony held for the reception of the body of the leader of the Ezidi community in Iraq and the world Mir Tahsin Saeed Beg at the Erbil International Airport. The ceremony was attended by prominent Kurdistan Region and Iraqi officials.

Tahsin Beg died of illness in a Germany hospital on January 28, 2019 at the age of 86.

The KRG will continue its efforts to bring home those still in captivity

“Ezidis should have a bigger role in their areas”, Barzani said adding that “Shingal should become an independent province, and both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region should work for this aim.”

Nechirvan Barzani indicated that the crimes committed by the Islamic State group (IS) against the Ezidis were horrible, stressing that the KRG “will continue the efforts to bring home those still in captivity,”

“I have made a pledge to myself that no Ezidi person should remain in IS captivity, and the KRG office tasked for this matter will continue its work until all Ezidi abductees are released”, he added.

The KRG PM underlined the need to work closely with the federal government and the international community to rebuild Shingal.

According to a 2014 statistics, the total population of the predominantly Ezidi town were estimated to be 84,000.

After Islamic State militants advanced into Ninewa in August 2014, the Ezidi community was subjected to numerous atrocities, including mass slaughter and kidnappings, while thousands were forced to flee their hometowns and sought refuge in Kurdistan region provinces and some of them fled the country.


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