Protests against the agreement on Shengal increase
The agreement was signed on 1 October by the Representative for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Rebar Ahmad Khalid, Minister of Interior and the Representative for the Federal Government, Hameed Raseed Faleeh, Deputy Head of National Security Apparatus
Protests against the agreement on the future of the Yazidi settlement area signed between the governments of Iraq and the autonomous region of Southern Kurdistan increase.
Likewise, Yazidi organisations continue to express their rejection of the agreement.
But what is the agreement saying?
The agreement was signed on 1 October by the Representative for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Rebar Ahmad Khalid, Minister of Interior and the Representative for the Federal Government, Hameed Raseed Faleeh, Deputy Head of National Security Apparatus.
The agreement says the following:
"In order to restore security and stability and normalize conditions in the province of Shengal, in accordance to the constitutional and judicial principles, to alleviate the suffering of Shengal’s residents, in preparation for the return of the displaced persons and to reorganize the administrative and security framework in the district, the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government have agreed, with the supervision of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, on the following:
1. Administrative Aspect:
A) The selection of a new mayor for the district who possesses independence, skills, integrity, and admissibility within the constitutional and judicial mechanisms.
B) The other administrative positions will be considered by the joint committee formed by the two sides after appointing the mayor, provided that the principles of skills, integrity and social structure of the district are taken into account.
2. The Security Aspect:
A) No other entity, other than the Federal Police, the National Security and Intelligence agencies will be in charge of security inside the district. All other armed entities will be moved outside of the Shengal.
B) Strengthening security in the district through the employment of 2500 members to the Internal Security Forces in Shengal, with the guarantee of fair inclusion of the displaced in the camps who are from Shengal.
C) Ending the presence of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) organization in Shengal district and its surrounding areas, and to prevent the organization and its offshoots from having any role in the region.
3. The Reconstruction Aspect:
The formation of a joint committee between the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government for the purpose of reconstruction in the district, in coordination with the local Nineveh province administration. The scope of its authority and details of its tasks will be defined by the prime minister office of the Federal Government and the prime minister office of the Kurdistan Regional Government.
4. For the purpose of overseeing the administrative and security aspect sections above, a joint committee between the involving entities from both sides will be formed, to observe the implementation of the agreement content.