Maliki and Barzani yet to sign peshmarga-army agreement08/08/2012 16:06
ERBIL, Aug.8 (AKnews)- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani have not signed the joint deal of the Iraqi Defense Ministry and Kurdistan Ministry of Peshmarga (Border Guards).
Since the officials are yet to approve the seven-point deal prepared by a joint committee from both ministries, the Iraqi army has not withdrawn from Zummar district, said Peshmarga Ministry Spokesperson Jabbar Yawar.
On July 27 a force from the Iraqi army was intended to be deployed along the Iraqi-Syrian border line in Nineveh province. However, the peshmarga forces prevented the advance of the army, saying the area is under their control.
Tensions between Erbil and Baghdad escalated following peshmarga's prevention.
Yawar said there is no improvement in the situation and Iraqi troops and peshmarga are still positioned against each other.
By Fryad Mohammed