Sinjar’s Autonomous Administration Assembly has reacted to the recent Sinjar agreement signed by the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and clarified that it will not accept an agreement that excludes the wishes of the people of Sinjar.
The Iraqi government and the KRG signed an agreement on the Sinjar region of Iraq in October. The agreement includes the removal of military forces from the region. According to the agreement, various political groups, such as the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), could open representative offices in Sinjar. The security of the region will be undertaken by the police force of the federation.
However, Sinjar’s Autonomous Administration Assembly has said it will not accept an agreement that excludes the wishes of the people of Sinjar.
Former Prime Minister of Iraq Haydar el-İbadi has also addressed the agreement, stating that it would not solve the issues in the region. He also stated that he was not against the Kurdish people: “There should be solutions which include all sides to construct a common existence under peace. I am not against Kurdish people. On the contrary, we support the historical and real Kurdish people’s political purpose”.
What happened in Sinjar?
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targeted the Sinjar region after they took over the city of Mosul in Iraq in 2014.
When ISIS attacked Sinjar and the Yazidi population, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its Peshmerga forces left the area, though the KDP administration promised to ensure the security of the Yazidi people. The Iraqi government also left the area.
The Yazidis fought against ISIS with the help of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and organised self-defence forces. After the liberation of Sinjar, the Yazidi population also organised its own autonomous administration.