Iraq-Ezidikhan Intergovernmental Accord to Affirm Ezidikhan Within Unified Iraqi State

Ezidikhan’s Prime Minister Waheed Mandoo Hammo
Ezidikhan’s Prime Minister Waheed Mandoo Hammo

[Baghdad, April 7, 2018] In a letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, Ezidikhan Prime Minister Waheed Mandoo Hammo has formally pledged that under the terms of the forthcoming Iraq and Ezidikhan Intergovernmental Accord concerning the Recognition and Affirmation of Ezidikhan as a Governing Unit in the Republic of Iraq, “the Yezidi and allied peoples will remain on their lands as a political and geographic part of a politically unified Iraqi State.”

The text of Prime Minister Waheed Mandoo’s letter states as follows:

“On behalf of the Yezidi people and our aligned indigenous peoples I wish to express our confidence in the Iraqi government and its leadership as we enter into negotiations to establish firm and binding political, economic and strategic cooperation and constructive relations.

You have our pledge that the Yezidi and allied peoples will remain on their lands as a political and geographic part of a politically unified Iraqi State memorialized in our recently concluded Memorandum of Understand where we agree to embed this pledge in the Iraq and Ezidikhan Intergovernmental Accord concerning the Recognition and Affirmation of Ezidikhan as a Governing Unit in the Republic of Iraq to be negotiated between us in the immediate period before us.

You have our pledge to cooperatively and constructively work with the Shia tribal leadership to seek a referral of alleged crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity suffered by affected Shia tribes for international juridical consideration provided that an International Tribunal is first convened.

Given these understandings and the understandings that we have settled in the recently concluded Memorandum of Agreement you and I have taken important steps toward affirming the political unity of the Republic Iraq.

I have directed that the Yezidi defense leadership enter into direct talks with your Defense Minister to draw up a Mutual Defense Memorandum of Understanding providing protocols to address authorities, security and the chain of command for mutual cooperation.

The nearly 2 million people that make up the Yezidi and allied peoples on whose behalf I make these statements yearn for a return to homes and villages and family relations. We desire only to reestablish and rebuild our communities, provide education, health, jobs, healthy farms, and a live a peaceful Spiritual life.

With our agreement and commitments I have confidence that we will jointly restore and rebuild all of our land and peoples in a unified and politically stable Republic of Iraq.”

Top officials of the Republic of Iraq and the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan are expected to meet in Baghdad early next week to sign the Intergovernmental Accord that has been the subject of prolonged negotiations since last September. The Accord will clear the way for a series of further steps to recognize and rebuild the Indigenous Nation of Ezidikan within a politically unified Republic of Iraq.

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