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IRAQ - Sept. 13 - Kurdish Faction To Withdraw Militias.

The Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) announces it will withdraw all armed militias from large towns under its control in northern Iraq over the next 2 months. A statement says the decision was taken at a meeting in the town of Erbil, presided over by the KDP leader, Massoud Barzani. A spokesman for the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) says the withdrawal was one of its main demands for the normalisation of relations between the 2 groups. (More than 3000 people are estimated to have died in fighting between the KDP and the PUK since they fell out in 1994, 2 years after an agreement was made to share power in the mainly-Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.)
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Sep 16, 2000
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