Ban Ki-moon said that the deployment of Peshmarga forces in Kirkuk was a mistake. 

 

Rudaw, Agencies– U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that the deployment of Peshmarga forces in Kirkuk was a mistake. 

Presenting a report at the U.N. Security Council Ban Ki-moon said that his organization is concerned about the situation in Kirkuk and the deployment of five thousand Peshmargas in the past two months. 

The secretary general called for a review of the distribution of forces between the Peshmarga, Iraqi army and the Americans in the provinces of Kirkuk, Dyala and Nineveh. Ban Ki-moon said, “The situation in the disputed territories is still uneasy and on the night of February 25th around five thousand Peshmargas had been sent to Kirkuk.” 

The president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani said at the end of his tour of Europe last month that it was his order to dispatch the Peshmarga to Kikruk to protect the civilians of that area from extremist attacks. But in his report, the U.N. secretary general said that the Peshmarga had been sent without their knowledge and that the Kurdistan Regional Government had only found excuses to send those forces to tackle the threats in the area. “This act,” said Ban Ki-moon, “is a violation of the agreement reached by the security team that was formed in Baghdad to maintain the security of those areas.” 

In his report, the secretary general stated that Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and leaders of Turkmen and Arab parties have asked for the withdrawal of the Peshmarga forces from Kirkuk and to that end negotiations are ongoing.