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Iraqi Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani to visit Tehran  5.9.2011  

September 5, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Iranian Al-Sharq Daily reported on Monday that president of Kurdistan region of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, will visit Tehran soon to discuss the present situation on the borders and the question of PJAK members in the area.

"Following Nechirvan Barzani's visit one week ago, it was decided that President Barzani will visit Tehran to discuss these matters," the paper added.

Iraqi Kurdistan Region representative in Tehran Nazim Omar Dabbagh, said on Monday, that confirms Barzani's visit to Tehran, Dabbagh made the remarks in an interview with IRNA.              

Iraq's Kurdistan Region representative to Iran Nazim Omar Dabbagh
Barzani's visit to Tehran was scheduled to take place before Ramadan (Muslim holy month), but it was delayed for Barzani mother’s death, he said.

“if security is established in the borders, bilateral trade exchanges between the Iraqi Kurdistan province and Islamic Republic of Iran will reach higher than five billion USD".

The Iranian bombardment of Iraqi Kurdistan’s border areas had continued since more than 2 months,www.ekurd.netkilling and injuring many Iraqi Kurdish civilians and causing damage for dozens of houses and agricultural fields.

Iran claims to target hideouts of a separatist Kurdish group, the Party of a Free Life For Kurdistan (PJAK).

Human Rights Watch said on Friday that it had evidence that Iran may have deliberately targeted civilians in its offenisve against the rebels.

Kurdish local officials and an NGO in early August reported that more than 200 Iraqi Kurdish families had been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian shelling of separatist rebel bases in Iraqi Kurdistan region.

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.

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.

The anti-Iranian PJAK party announced desires for a ceasefire yesterday, if Iran were to positively respond, according to a party statement.

It added that its desire was due to friend's demands and mediations with the Iranian government.

An Iranian military spokesman announced that "this truce has no meaning.
The party should leave this area."

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

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