US, UNAMI Welcome Erbil-Baghdad Agreement on Sinjar
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US, UNAMI Welcome Erbil-Baghdad Agreement on Sinjar

ERBIL - Both the United States and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) have welcomed an agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi government on the administration of Sinjar.

Earlier in the evening, a spokesperson for the Iraqi prime minister announced that Erbil and Baghdad reached a "historic" agreement on Sinjar, based on which the region will be administrated cooperatively with the KRG with any armed groups being expected to withdraw from the area.

"The United States congratulates the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government on reaching an agreement of cooperation in Sinjar," the US Embassy in Baghdad said in a statement.

"We look forward to its full implementation and hope this agreement will lead to lasting security and stability for the Iraqi people in northern Iraq."

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq , Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, also welcomed the deal and said: "Today’s agreement between the Federal and the Kurdish Regional governments is a first and important step in the right direction. High time to reach out to the people of Sinjar and to make them feel that they are, indeed, part of the broader community."

The UNAMI said that it was the "first and important step in the right direction," hoping that it would pave the way for a better future in the region.

"Sinjar witnessed horrific ordeals and heinous crimes committed by Da'esh (ISIL) against the Yazidis in 2014. Since the military defeat of Da'esh, victims and survivors have faced obstacles due to discord on security arrangements, public service provision and lack of a unified administration," the statement continued.

Hennis-Plasschaert further hoped that the agreement would usher in a new chapter for Sinjar, and that it would help the return of displaced people to their homes, accelerate reconstruction and improve public service delivery.

"For that to happen," she argued. "Stable governance and security structures are urgently needed."

She also reaffirmed UN's support to help normalize the situation in Sinjar.