mercredi 15 avril 2015

Massoud Barzani ne veut pas de force militaire yézidie indépendante, ni de drapeau yézidi

"Kurdistan president: No independent Yazidi unit nor flag will be accepted
Posted on April 9, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Yazidis

ERBIL-Hewler, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Kurdistan region president, Massoud Barzani, has taken a stand in a public statement on the recent arrest of the Yazidi HPS Supreme Commander Haydar Shesho.

Meanwhile, the situation seems to heat up as Haydar Shesho´s relatives claim that the commander is still being held captive despite an agreement on his release that was reached Wednesday between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

Barzani stated that the Kurdish government was neither willing to accept another flag than the Kurdish one nor it was poised to tolerate a resistance unit that was not fighting under the Ministry of Peshmerga. By its own account, the Ministry of Peshmerga offered all armed units in Shingal (Sinjar) to ascribe to its command, which was rejected by Haydar Shesho. Shesho had explained months before that he was ready to affiliate his unit to the Peshmerga but was not willing to give up his unit´s label or its flag.

Barzani, however, accuses the HPS of implementing an ‘agenda’ by having its own flag and force, pursuing other goals than the Kurdish government and thus operating independently from it. And yet Shesho repeatedly stated that his unit was defending Kurdistan too but was not going to submit to KDP party militias that had abandoned Yazidis.

The HPS flag has become a particular symbol for many Yazidis since it embodies their resistance against the Islamic State armed group (IS) when around 10,000 KDP affiliated Peshmerga of the Kurdish government fled Shingal region and abandoned Yazidis to their fate when IS launched its offensive. The Yazidis have lost their faith in Peshmerga troops that were supposed to protect them. On the other hand, the Kurdish government proceeds against Yazidi demonstrators, activists and HPS resistance fighters for weeks now, with the result that over 130 Yazidis have been arrested so far.

HPS operatives accuse the government of using the arrests to put them and Shesho under pressure. An agreement between the ruling KDP and PUK that was reached Wednesday was supposed to set Shesho free ."

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