No clear answer from Iran over PJAK's
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Iran 'undecided' on Kurdish PJAK rebel ceasefire
September 5, 2011
TEHRAN, — Iran has yet to decide on a
call by Kurdish rebels for a ceasefire in a major
offensive it launched along the Iraqi border last
week, the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Monday.
While the semi-official Fars news agency reported
that Iran's Revolutionary Guards rejected on Monday
a ceasefire declared by Kurdish rebel group PJAK as "meaningless" as long as
PJAK forces remained on the borders of the Islamic
The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) announced
earlier it would observe a truce from Monday and
called on Iran to reciprocate to prevent further
"The heavy fire has prompted this terrorist group to
call for a ceasefire, but Iran has yet to make a
decision in this regard," Guards operations officer
Colonel Hamid Ahmadi told Fars news agency.
"More than 30 PJAK rebels were
killed and 40 wounded until noon
(0730 GMT) yesterday
A member of the Revolutionary Guard Colonel Hamid
Ahmadi speaks with journalists about military
operations against PJAK (Party for a Free Life in
Kurdistan) during a news conference in Tehran August
17, 2011 Photo: Getty Images
according to our reports," he said,
adding the full death toll could well be higher as
Iranian forces did not have complete access to the
Ahmadi did not specify whether any Iranian ground
forces had crossed the border during the offensive.
He said any truce with the PJAK would be
"meaningless" unless the rebels first withdrew from
border areas to pave the way for talks, "if
"We want them to leave our borders," Fars quoted
Colonel Hamid Ahmadi as saying. "Otherwise
announcing a ceasefire by the terrorist PJAK group
"The statement is not clear and complete," Ahmadi
said, adding that PJAK would announce a pullout from
Iran's borders on Monday, without saying how he knew
this in advance. "We might reply ... if they
withdraw from our borders."
The Guards have killed 22
rebels of the PJAK in a new
offensive along the northwestern border with Iraqi
Kurdistan region, state television
Meanwhile the spokesman for the PJAK rebels Sherzad
Kamangar said that the rebels
killed 76 elements of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Kurdish
mercenaries in two days.
PJAK spokesman Sherzad Kamangar told AFP in
neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan region earlier Monday
the group had "made an initiative to cease fire for
a specific time to start negotiations with the
Iranian side, so we can solve the problems between
us." He did not specify how long the ceasefire would
A statement posted on PJAK's website on Sunday night
said that "if Iran does not agree to the ceasefire,
(it) will be responsible for any response" from PJAK
The PJAK's statement has said that “some
mutual friend actors and personalities mediated
between us and the Iranian state. These
personalities and actors called on us to stop
fighting” Ak News reports.
The statement does not make clear who mediated
between the group and the Islamic State of Iran,
On August 24, Nechirvan Barzani,
regional President Massoud Barzani’s nephew and his
deputy in the leadership of the Kurdistan Democratic
visited Iran to
hold talks with the Iranian officials over the cross
border shelling by Iranian artillery.
"The latest events prove that the war will not solve
our problems, but rather will increase them and make
them deeper," the statement said, adding the
ceasefire would take effect on Monday at 0900 GMT.
An Iraqi Kurdish official said Iranian shelling had
killed a woman civilian on Sunday.
"Last night, Iran shelled several areas along the
border in the Sidakan area... and the artillery fire
killed one woman, Hamin Sadiq, and wounded two
others," said Karmanj Izzat, mayor of Soran
district, which includes Sidakan.
Izzat added that "heavy shelling" was continuing in
the Sidakan area on Monday afternoon. "The situation
for people there is very bad; a large number of them
left their houses," he said.
PJAK rebels have clashed repeatedly with Iranian
forces in recent years, drawing retaliatory bombing
of their rear-bases in mountainous border districts
of Iraqi Kurdistan.
In July, Iran launched a major offensive against the
rebels, shelling border districts for weeks.
Commanders said they had halted operations during
the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to give the
rebels a chance to pull back from border areas but
they had failed to do so, prompting the launch of
the current offensive on Friday.
The Iranian bombardment of Iraqi Kurdistan’s border
areas had continued since more than 2 months,www.ekurd.netkilling and injuring many
Iraqi Kurdish civilians and causing
damage for dozens of houses and agricultural fields.
Human Rights Watch said on last week that it had
evidence that Iran may have
deliberately targeted civilians in its offenisve
against the rebels.
Kurdish local officials and an NGO in early August
reported that more than 200 Iraqi Kurdish families
had been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian
shelling of separatist rebel bases in northern Iraq.
The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane), is a militant Kurdish
nationalist group based in Kurdistan region in
Iraq's north that has been carrying out attacks
Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran
(Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited
2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of
Iran (Iranian Kurdistan, Eastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK
are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed
Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant
ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million
Kurds live in Iran.
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