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 Iraqi Kurdistan's border with Syria is open: Peshmerga

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Iraqi Kurdistan's border with Syria is open: Peshmerga  7.1.2013   

The secretary general of the Ministry of Peshmerga, lieutenant general , Jabbar Yawar. Photo: Yawar's page. See Related Articles
January 7, 2013

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— The Kurdistani Peshmerga Ministry announced that the region border with Syria is open.

The ministry spokesman, Jabbar Yawar said, in a press statement Monday, January 7: "The news of the closure of the Kurdistan region borders with Syria and fenced them with barbed wire is untrue."

He added "All that the border area between the region and Syria is open, but there are not state border crossings to traffic and trade" but he also said that "the provincial government cannot, legally and constitutionally, open official border crossings in this region."

He continued: "Despite this and for humanitarian and national reasons, the Government of the province seeks to cooperate with the all affected people in Syria."

The Syrian Kurds demanded last month, the President of Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani to opening the border between Kurdistan region and Syria to facilitate the passage of fuel and goods to the Kurdish areas after the siege imposed by the Syrian government and the opposition, that wants to "limit the role of the Kurds. The presidency of Kurdistan region denied the news at that time.

More than 63,000 Syrian refugees have fled the bloody conflict in their home country for neighbouring Iraq, according to figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees last December.

Most of them -- 54,550 -- were in the three-province autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraqq, while 8,852 were located in Anbar province in the west and 94 in other provinces.

In July 2012, Iraqi Kurdish security forces have prevented Iraqi Arab soldiers sent by Baghdad from reaching a disputed north Iraq area that borders Syria.

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