Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
FRI, 6 DEC 2019 16:40 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: TUE, 8 MAR 2016 14:11
KRG calls for an international conference on reconstruction of Shingal

Erbil, Kurdistan Region ( - DFR hosted a special session today for the KRG Minister of Interior and Mayor of Shingal to brief diplomats and representatives of UN agencies and INGOs based in Erbil on the needs of the city.

At the outset of the meeting, Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of KRG Foreign Relations called for a moment of silence to show respect for the victims of the atrocities committed against the Yezidi Kurds by the ISIS terrorists.

Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of KRG Foreign Relations, thanked diplomats and representatives of UN agencies and INGOs for attending the meeting. Minister Mustafa thanked the US-led Coalition for the support provided to Peshmerga forces in the liberation of Shingal. He stated that “Liberation of Shingal was very important to the people of Kurdistan and the civilized world. The ISIS terrorists have committed grave crimes in Syria and Iraq but the most barbaric and heinous crimes were committed in Shingal. ISIS committed another Anfal against Kurds in Shingal.” The Minister called for urgent support from the members of international community in the reconstruction process of the city of Shingal, as eighty percent of the city has been completely destroyed.

KRG Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Peshmerga, Mr. KArim Sinjari highlighted the role of Peshmerga forces and the contributions of the Counter-ISIS Coalition in the fight against ISIS. Minister Sinjari requeted the international community to allocate specific financial assistance to the KRG from the funds offered to the government of Iraq, to help KRG document the crimes committed against Yezidis, and to support KRG’s efforts to gain international recognition of the Yezidi genocide.

Calling for an international conference on the reconstruction of Shingal, Mayor of Shingal, Mahma Khalil, gave a brief overview of the history of Shingal, the crimes committed against the Yezidi Kurds and the needs of the local administration to restore life in the city. Mayor Khalil also called for international support to free the Yezidi women from ISIS and to provide rehabilitation programs to those who have been rescued. He said that still 3,878 Yezidi women remain in ISIS captivity. The Mayor asked for the support of the UN to restore trust among the various communities in Shingal area and reiterated the commitment of his administration to peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance.

Director General of JCC, Mr. Hoshang Mohammed, presented the findings of a comprehensive assessment of the immediate needs and urgent priorities for early recovery, which captured the level of the damage sustained to infrastructure inside the city as well as public and private property.

Mr. Alain Guépratte, Consul General of the French Republic and acting dean of the diplomatic community, and several other diplomats expressed deep sympathy to the families of the victims of Shingal tragedy and commended the Peshmerga forces on the liberation of Shingal. They voiced their support for the stabilization and reconstruction process of Shingal.

The meeting was attended by diplomats from Republic of France, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Turkey, Kingdom of Netherlands, Islamic Republic of Iran, Russian Federation, Republic of Hungry, People Republic of China, Czech Republic, Hashemite Kingdome of Jordan, Republic of Poland, Arab Republic of Egypt, Italy, United States of America, Sweden,  Republic of Korea, State of Kuwait, Republic of Sudan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Republic of Romania, State of Palestine, Japan, India, Bulgaria, EU and representatives of ICRC and UN agencies based in Kurdistan. 

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