Tehran units deadline of September 19 for rebels to be disarmed and faraway from bases in northern Iraq.
Tehran, Iran – Iran says it has reached an settlement with Iraq to disarm and relocate Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq inside weeks.
Iranian Ministry of Overseas Affairs spokesman Nasser Kanani mentioned on Monday that the central Iraqi authorities has dedicated to disarm “terrorist, secessionist teams” within the Kurdish area of northern Iraq by September 19.
He additionally mentioned Baghdad has agreed to close down bases run by the Kurdish insurgent teams within the semi-autonomous area and members can be relocated to different camps, the places of which he didn’t disclose.
“Based mostly on the knowledge that we now have, the Iraqi authorities has communicated the contents of this settlement to the authorities of the Iraqi Kurdistan area. We’re ready for the total implementation of this settlement,” Kanani mentioned, including that the deadline wouldn’t be prolonged.
Tehran has lengthy bemoaned the actions of the Kurdish teams, a few of which name for the secession of Iran’s northwestern Kurdistan province, which borders Iraq.
Kurdish populations dwell within the largely mountainous areas of western Iran, northern Iraq, northeastern Syria and southeastern Turkey. Some name for the institution of a pan-Kurdish state.
Final yr, as protests raged throughout Iran after the loss of life in police custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a number of rounds of lethal air strikes and artillery assaults in opposition to positions of Kurdish insurgent teams in northern Iraq.
Tehran accused the teams of smuggling arms and males into Iran to hold out “terrorist” operations and stir up the “riots”.
Since then, Tehran has been pressuring the federal government in Baghdad to take motion. Kanani expressed assurance that it might.
“Based mostly on the pleasant, brotherly and neighbourly relations that we now have with the Iraqi authorities, we count on this darkish stain to be faraway from the environment of mutual relations,” he mentioned.
The Related Press cited an unnamed Iraqi official as confirming the settlement. The official instructed the information company that the rebels had moved to an unspecified camp inside the Iraqi Kurdish area after being disarmed.
The AP additionally reported that an Iraqi authorities official had confirmed the settlement.
In March, Iran’s then-security chief, Ali Shamkhani, visited Iraq to debate the problem and signed a border safety settlement coping with the armed teams.
The deal was accomplished one month after the Iranian Overseas Affairs Ministry summoned the Iraqi ambassador to “strongly protest” the continuing actions of the teams.
Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had grilled Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani on the problem in November throughout al-Sudani’s first official go to to Tehran after assuming workplace.
Safety within the area additionally got here up when Khamenei met with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid in Tehran in late April.