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Baba-Ahmadi: Iran-Iraq Committee Can Be Useful in Dealing with PJAK

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TEHRAN, August 16 (ICANA) – A member of the Iranian parliament says the idea of creating a joint committee between Iran and Iraq could be useful in solving the problem of terrorist PJAK group's operations against Iran from inside Iraq.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:38:08 PM
Baba-Ahmadi: Iran-Iraq Committee Can Be Useful in Dealing with PJAK

Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis Abdolmohammad Baba-Ahmadi Milani told the committee could serve the interests of both Tehran and Baghdad.

Speaking to ICANA, the lawmaker said in creating such a committee, coordination will be needed not only with Iraq but with countries where the terrorist PJAK (the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) operates.

He said in addition to Iran and Iraq neighboring countries Syria and Turkey are also affected by the operations of PJAK terrorists. Therefore, he said, interaction with the officials of these countries would be effective.

The lawmaker also urged the Iraqi government to expel the terrorist PJAK group from its soil as a first goodwill step. In the next stage, if Iraq faced restrictions in dealing with the group it can provide the necessary conditions for Iran to do the same.

The Iranian Ambassador to Iraq has announced that Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan will establish a joint committee soon to unite in the fight against counterrevolutionary group PJAK.

The issue of PJAK should be resolved through mutual cooperation between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, Ambassador Hassan Danaiifar told the Mehr News Agency.

Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan officials have started to take some measures with the aim of establishing a joint committee comprising high-ranking military officials, Danaiifar stated.

Commenting on claims that the issue of PJAK has strained Tehran-Baghdad relations, he said, “Relations between Iran and Iraq are too strong to be affected by issues like PJAK.”

However, at a certain period of time, a number of moves were made against the Islamic Republic in this regard, Danaiifar said.

But the developing and deep-rooted relations between the Iranian and Iraqi nations did not allow such issues to cloud bilateral ties, he added.

Danaiifar also spoke about the letter that he sent to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry last month concerning PJAK. “In the letter I asked the Iraqi government to prevent terrorist groups from entering Iran, and after that I held several meetings with senior Iraqi officials in charge of foreign policy affairs at the (Iraqi) parliament and Iraqi vice presidents, in which it was emphasized that a solution to this issue (PJAK) should be achieved in Iraq.”

“They (the Iraqi officials) have provided a verbal reply to my letter… but I’m awaiting a written reply,” he said.

Iraqi officials are seeking to hammer out a solution, and “we are ready to settle the issue through mutual cooperation,” Danaiifar added.

Meanhile, reports say the US has recently promised to provide PJAK terrorist group with military and financial aid.

Last week, four US military officials stationed in Iraqi's Kurdistan Region met with members of the PJAK and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) along with a representative from the Iraqi Kurdistan's Democrat Party, a Press TV correspondent reported.

In the meeting, the US military officials promised to supply PJAK with weapons and financial aid.

The US has also provided the terrorist group with remote-controlled mines and advanced communications equipment.

Members of the PJAK terrorist group -- an offshoot of the PKK -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

PJAK launches its attacks from Iraq's Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of Kurdistan Regional Government.

The PJAK and PKK had previously laid mines in Sardasht heights near Iran's border with Iraq.

The US has recently opened a consulate in the north of Iraq, and American military forces have been deployed to numerous bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with Iraqi Kurdistan, and has been fighting the PJAK terrorist group over the past weeks in order to establish security and stability in the area.

Through the efforts of Iranian forces, security has been restored to some extent in the region.

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