KRG Prime Minister Barzani heads meeting to discuss Peshmerga ministry reform project

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani heads online meeting to discuss Peshmerga reform project on July 12 (KRG Website)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday (July 12) led a meeting to discuss reform in the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs and lay out a timeline to implement the plan.

During the meeting, Barzani underlined the importance of the role that the Peshmerga forces play in protecting the Kurdistan Region.

KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorish Ismail laid out the steps needed to implement the reform project in the ministry, as well as the actions required to ensure the plan's success.

According to a statement released by the KRG, after discussing the requirements and steps needed for the project, it was decided that the project will be implemented within a specific timeline, which was not publicly released during the meeting.

Reached later for comment, an official at the Ministry for Peshmerga Affairs declined to give details on the times, only saying that the reform program would take a long time and be completed in several phases. 

The project aims to unify the forces, organize the auditing departments, reconstruct the Peshmerga's internal structure, examine pensions, retirement procedures, and martyrs' cases, and increase cooperation between the Peshmerga and allied forces.

Reforming and depoliticizing the Peshmerga has been a long-discussed, but little-realized, goal of the Kurdistan Region's authorities.

The project began in February 2018, when the Peshmerga ministry announced a 35-point plan that had been developed in consultation with military advisers from the US, UK, and Germany. One of the most important points was that the Peshmerga would become a totally unified, non-partisan force.

 (NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated on July 14 at 1:52 p.m. EBL to include comments from the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs.