Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
SUN, 23 FEB 2020 16:03 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: THU, 17 OCT 2019 11:40
Ministry of Interior and KRG Department of Foreign Relations hold joint meeting with the diplomats and donor countries in Kurdistan on recent events in Syria

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – The Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Ministry of Interior and its Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) held a joint meeting with foreign diplomats and donor countries in Kurdistan Region, on 15 October, on the events in northeastern Syria and its impact on the humanitarian and security situation in the Region.

The meeting was led by Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed, Head of the DFR Minister Safeen Dizayee, the KRG’s spokesperson Jutyar Adil and the JCC’s Director General, Hoshang Mohamed. 

Minister Dizayee said that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is deeply concerned over the conflict in northeastern Syria and its impact in terms of security and humanitarian assistance on the Kurdistan Region. The KRG is also very concerned about the displacement of Syrian civilians including Kurds people in Kurdish areas of Syria, the Free Syrian Army’s attacks on the Kurdish areas, the risk of demographic change and the reemergence of ISIS.

Interior Minister Ahmed highlighted the role of the Kurdistan Region in welcoming a large wave of Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs previously, and thanked donor countries for providing support and humanitarian assistance in the past. He said that it was difficult for the Kurdistan Region to welcome and shelter a huge number of refugees and IDPs without the support of the international community and donor countries.

 

Minister Ahmed further said that today more than two million civilians in northeastern Syria face a state of war and armed conflict, where citizens are being displaced and fleeing to neighbouring countries and the Kurdistan Region. Pointed out the danger of terrorists escaping from prisons and camps and crossing into Iraq and Kurdistan Region.

Minister Ahmed said that the KRG expects 250,000 new Syrian refugees to see safety in Kurdistan Region. To help them, Kurdistan Region needs more support from the international community, UN agencies and international and local NGOs to provide them with aid. He stressed that the Kurdistan Region will do its utmost to provide them with essential services and security. Minister Ahmed also thanked donor countries and UN agencies for their continued support and humanitarian assistance in the last five years to the Kurdistan Region.

The JCC’s Director General Hoshang Mohamed gave an overview of the humanitarian emergency plan to receive the expected wave of Syrian refugees fleeing the recent military operations in northeastern Syria. He explained the humanitarian situation of the existing refugees and displaced persons already in Kurdistan Region, who are estimated at 1.1 million with about 20 percent of them residing in 38 camps.

Mr Mohamad said that decreasing international aid for Kurdistan Region’s IDPs and refugees in recent years has undermined the humanitarian plans and programs for assisting them with education, health, water resources and nutrition.




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