What are terms of Duhok agreement?

The delegation of the Kurdish National Unity Parties and the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) considered the 2014 Duhok Agreement on governance and partnership in administration, protection and defense a basis for continuing the ongoing dialogue and negotiations between the two delegations with the aim of reaching a comprehensive agreement in the near future, so what are the provisions of the Duhok Agreement?

The city of Duhok in Başûr of Kurdistan "Kurdistan Region of Iraq" witnessed in October of 2014 a series of meetings between the Kurdish parties, which included the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) and the Kurdish National Council in Syria (ENKS), which lasted 8 days, beginning on October 14, and ended on the 22nd of the same month, the two sides reached an agreement then called the "Duhok Agreement".

It was agreed in this meeting, which was known as the Duhok agreement which name is attributed to the city where meetings were held between the two parties, to form a "Kurdish political reference" that the representation of the Democratic Society Movement in it be 40%, and the percentage of the Kurdish National Council 40%, and 20% for parties and forces not involved in the two political bodies.

Subsequently, it was agreed that the number of members of the authority would be 32, represented by the following figure: 12 from Democratic Society Movement, 12 from the National Council, and 8 from the political forces from outside the aforementioned frameworks.

According to the agreement, the mission of this reference is to draw up general strategies, embody the common position, form a real partnership in the Autonomous Administration’s bodies, orientation toward political and administrative unity, and the participation of all other components.

The three main items according to the agreement released to the public opinion and the media, are:

First: Kurdish Political Reference: forming a political reference from two frameworks, the Democratic Society Movement and the Kurdish National Council, and from parties and social activities outside the two frameworks, on the other hand.

Second: The Democratic Autonomous Administration: How the council parties join the Democratic Autonomous Administration after forming a joint committee of reference to conduct intensive dialogues with the existing administration on some changes in the social contract and management documents, so that the actual partnership in them and the bodies affiliated with them, and develop the current form of Kurdish district management towards political and administrative unification and working to document the representation of various other components therein.

Third: Protection and Defense: Creating mechanisms through which - in the event of military units affiliated with the council - that it performs its duty to defend "Rojava", through a joint committee emanating from the Kurdish reference, bearing in mind that a sole military force must exist in Rojava that is affiliated with the Democratic Autonomous Administration.




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