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Iraq's Kurdistan Govt KRG denies deal allowing Iran to attack PJAK  20.7.2011    





July 20, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) refuted claims that Iranian authorities stuck a deal with the KRG to allow them to attack separatist rebels on Kurdish territory.

The Iranian army is reported to have moved into Kurdistan to root out the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) but the KRG has not offered a condemnation of the actions and has denied there are Iranian boots on Kurdish soil, despite reports from villagers and the security forces.

An Iraqi MP had claimed earlier that there is a secret deal between the two governments to allow the attacks.                 

Kurdistan regional government KRG spokesman Kawa Mahmoud
Spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Kawa Mahmoud said: "There is no secret deal to undermine any political party. We have stated that any border issues could be solved through talks."           

PJAK fighters have been hiding in the mountainous territories of Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border from where they occasionally stage cross-border attacks on Iranian forces.

Iran has been bombarding the border territories for years, the shelling has left hundreds displaced, and scores injured so far. Last year,www.ekurd.neta teenage girl was killed by an Iranian artillery shell that fell on a house in a border village.

The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane), is a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in Kurdistan region in Iraq's north that has been carrying out attacks Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited areas.

PJAK is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Confederation (Koma Civaken Kurdistan or KCK),www.ekurd.netwhich is an alliance of Kurdish groups and divisions led by an elected Executive Council.

Since 2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran (Iranian Kurdistan, Eastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed militiamen.

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million Kurds live in Iran.
 

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