Netherlands to send 3 observer teams to Kurdistan region for Iraqi elections
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Hans Akerboom, the consul general of the Netherlands in the Kurdistan region, told Kurdistan 24 in an interview on Wednesday that his consulate would deploy three teams to the autonomous region of Iraq as part of the mission EU election observation for the next national elections in October.
Stressing the importance of the electoral process, Akerboom said the EU was sending around 80 observers in total to various provinces in Iraq.
“For example,” he explained, “we the Netherlands have here in the Kurdistan region three teams and we are trying to observe (the elections) in three provinces; in Duhok, Sulaimani and in Erbil.
“So, as the Netherlands, we are active in observing the elections, but we know for sure that this is a very good step in the democratic process in Iraq.
In addition, the Dutch consul said there had been a meeting this week with military advisers and diplomats from the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands regarding the reform program of the United States. ongoing peshmerga, with the stated objective of placing the forces under a fully unified command instead of units being associated with
Constructive meeting with military advisers and diplomats from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands on #peshmergas Reform program. It is important to discuss the progress of the implementation and how we can move the reforms forward. Thank you @DavidHuntFCDO for the organization. pic.twitter.com/2vLb0CSoMV
– Hans Akerboom (@jtmakerboom) September 26, 2021
The Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany form the only Multinational Consultative Group (MNAG) which enthusiastically supports the plan to remove local politics from the chain of command of the Peshmerga forces.
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Akerboom said that these four countries meet every two months at the consulate general level, “to sit down together and discuss the progress, because of course it is very important for us that the reform of the peshmerga is there because we never know what will happen in the future. “
The diplomat concluded: “And we have to be prepared for the wrong things, it is also more effective to have this reform program for the Peshmerga.