(Independent) … Kurdish media reported on Thursday that the draft agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, discussed by the two sides at the headquarters of Nineveh operations late last month, included the adoption of the administrative boundaries of the provinces administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government in accordance with Article 53 of the law of administration The State which still applies the borders set forth on 19/3/2003 on the basis of Article 143 of the Iraqi Constitution.
On November 2, 2017, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) published a text of a draft agreement signed by the federal forces. The chief of staff of the Iraqi army, Major General Osman al-Ghanmi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Police Affairs, Mowaffaq Abdulhadi Tawfiq, From the Counter-Terrorism Bureau Lieutenant General Manaf Abbas Ali, and the Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Saad Mezher Al-Alaq.
As for the Kurdish side, the KRG represented Interior Minister Karim Sinjari, Commander of the 70 Forces Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, Commander of the Zirvani Forces Major General Aziz Wissi, in addition to the Director General of Peshmerga Intelligence Brigadier General Bruce Katsav.
The draft agreement states that “in accordance with the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution as the nominal law in Iraq and be binding in all its fold without exception and to extend the authority of the federal state and law in all provinces without exception met representatives of the federal government and the territorial government at the headquarters of operations Nineveh on 29-10-2017 They agreed on the following points:
1. The administrative borders of the governorates administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government shall be determined according to article 53 of the law of the State, which is still in force on the limits set in 19/3/2003 on the basis of article 143 of the Iraqi Constitution, while retaining the local administration and local police, And federal laws.
2 – the redeployment of Iraqi forces in all areas that lie outside the administrative borders of the provinces of the region, the size of the presence of Peshmerga in those areas and symbolically vary from one region to another as determined by the Federal Administration.
3. Securing the Vishkhabur area of the border forces and the federal forces because there is no legal basis for the involvement of any forces other than the federal forces and the local security forces except in case the Peshmerga forces are counted as part of the armed forces. In such case, the directives and orders of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces must be subject to Iraqi Armed Forces.
4 – Command and control by the federal forces (exclusively) in areas where the redeployment of federal forces.
5 – The leaders of the teams and the formation of the units and units of the federal forces and the Peshmerga axes prepare a plan to explore areas where the federal forces will be redeployed and a process of exchange of pieces.
6. The Agreement shall apply to the areas from which the territorial guards shall withdraw after the signing of this Agreement.
The draft agreement that the division of the responsibility of the 15th band includes the villages north of the province of Rabia until the river (Mahmudiyah – Saudi Arabia – Safieh – all fields of oil – Alwaleed – Um al-Rabeeen – Al-Sahila – Maska – clerical – all villages and towns and administrative units from the islands and the barbarity and even the river until Sehaila Bridge – the border road from the river post to the Rabia border crossing).
While dividing the responsibility of the 16th division is (Makhmour district towards the valley of Dibke – from the valley of Dibke towards the bridge of the Kuyer and then the following areas: “Hasudiya – Shanaf – Safiya – Tal al – Laban and even the bridge of Khazar” and then from the bridge of Khazar to control the current residence on the outskirts of the city of Kolk, From the Kuweer area to the villages of Hubera, Tel Barour, Baishika and Jabal Maqloub to the control of Birdash, the city outside, and Talqeef and its areas of Batania, Tall Asqaf, Al-Qush, Shikhan to Talul in the north of the city and the Duhok- Mosul road from Al- Fayeda hand inside).
According to the memorandum submitted by the military team and negotiator of the federal government and after studying the proposal of the agreement between the parties was agreed on the following formula:
In accordance with the provisions contained in Articles 110, 114 and 115 of the Iraqi Constitution on the competences of the federal authorities and the authorities shared between them and the authority of the Territory and with regard to the authorities of the region and restore the situation to normal in the region was agreed between the parties in light of the provisions of the Constitution as follows:
Points agreed upon:
Article 53 of the Law of State Administration refers to article 140 of the Constitution, which reads: “The Government of the Kurdistan Region is recognized as the official government of the lands administered by the said government located in Dohuk, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk, Diyala and Nineveh.”
2. In accordance with article 140, dealing with the issue of disputed areas in the light of Article 58 of the Law of State Administration, to take measures to normalize the situation in order to achieve justice and the will of the inhabitants of those areas and to eliminate the effects of unfair actions of previous governments. Disputed areas pending the implementation of Article 140 of the implementation, ensuring its security and the safety of its inhabitants under the principles of the Constitution and its provisions.
3. Administering the port of Bishkhabour in the light of paragraph (1) of Article 114 of the Constitution regarding the joint customs administration. The protection of the security is a joint force of the Peshmerga and the federal forces and the International Alliance, knowing that the area of Bishkhabur falls within the administration of the powers of the territory under the provision of Article 53 of the State Administration Act stage to article 140 of the Constitution.
4 – Joint committees of the federal forces and the Peshmerga forces prepare a plan to explore areas where the deployment of the forces involved.
And on the response of the Kurdistan region on the course of the talks, the team explained to the Government of the Territory that he calls for:
1. Comprehensive cease-fire, which means stopping the fighting and separating the forces along the current front line.
2. Working to return to the joint security and military mechanisms between the army and the Peshmerga to counter the terrorism that still exists.
3. Respect for the borders of the cease-fire and the presence of joint military forces in the disputed areas until the problems of these areas are resolved constitutionally.
4 – start negotiations between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region with the participation of the international coalition on the basis of the Iraqi constitution and the formation of political committees, Dari, legal and military joint on the basis of the study of outstanding problems and resolve.
5 – To demonstrate good faith and create an environment conducive to the start of a positive political dialogue announced the Kurdistan region is ready to establish special arrangements and shared between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army and representatives of the coalition forces in Bishkhabur, the presence of military limited and temporary until the return of things to normal according to the Constitution.
On the other hand, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Thursday offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi redeployment at the strategic border crossing of Ibrahim al-Khalil with Turkey, north of Dohuk province, with observers from the US-led international coalition.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Peshmerga, published today, the Kurdistan Regional Government considered that the deployment is “a gesture of goodwill and confidence-building move to ensure a limited arrangement and temporary until an agreement under the Iraqi constitution.”