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Erbil: Renewed talks between People's Council and Kurdish National Council—YPG denies dissolution

KURDWATCH, December 5, 2012—From November 23 to 25, 2012, talks between the Kurdish National Council and the People's Council of West Kurdistan took place in Erbil at the invitation of Masʿud Barzani. On November 25, the participants issued a press release that announced the adherence to all points of the Erbil Agreement of June 11, 2012 download document], the »resolution of all problems«, and the protection of social peace. In addition, the two councils agreed to form committees and joint, specialized executive boards to »protect the people« and to safeguard »connections abroad in the service of the common political line«. The sentence regarding the joint protection of the people has been understood by many observers as an agreement to form a joint Kurdish army and as an indication of the dissolution of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units  (YPG). The YPG released a statement later that same day emphasizing that it would not unite with any other power; the YPG is only »united with the people«. On November 28, 2012, the YPG qualified this statement, stating that, as a »patriotic unit«, it is subject to all agreements and decisions of the Supreme Kurdish Committee. The November 25 declaration should be understood as a reaction to the fact that the announcement by both councils was interpreted by numerous commentators, on the internet in particular, as the dissolution of the YPG.

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