Kurdistan Peshmerga Commander: PKK are guests, time to leave Kurdistan Region

Peshmerga Commander: PKK are guests, time to leave Kurdistan Region
A YBS security checkpoint in Shingal, June 18, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Commander of the 70th Brigade of the Peshmerga forces urged Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Tuesday to leave Kurdistan Region and not overstay their welcome.

Speaking to Kurdistan24 at Sulaimani Forum, Shekh Jaafar Mustafa a Commander of the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces called upon the PKK forces to leave the Region.

Mustafa said that the PKK forces in the Kurdistan Region are breaking the rules of the Region, adding that by not leaving the Region, PKK is taking a huge risk.

The Peshmerga commander who is part of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Political Bureau explained that the presence of PKK is like having guests at your home, and when the time of the visit ends, the guest insists on staying or tries to claim the house.

“If the PKK takes such a risk, the people of Kurdistan and all Kurdish parties will hold them responsible for any incident that may occur due to their unwillingness to retreat,” Mustafa said.

Mustafa stated that it is wrong to prevent the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces from moving in the Region to perform their duties.

On March 3, clashes erupted between Peshmerga and the PKK-affiliated armed-wing in the Khanasor area of northwestern Sinjar (Shingal), resulting in casualties from both sides.

Kurdistan24 Correspondent Masoud Mohammed in Shingal stated that a YBS fighter had been killed and three more injured. Four Rojava Peshmerga have been wounded, he added.

"The clashes started Thursday night, two days after the stationing of Rojava Peshmerga forces in the area," Mohammed said.

He mentioned that the clashes have been halted now, and both sides intend to start negotiation to solve the issues.

Following the clashes, the Yezidi (Ezidi) leaders urged PKK fighters to retreat from Shingal, stating that, Shingal, Snune, and Khanasor are part of Kurdistan, and the population have always asked to be directed and managed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).