Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Iraq PM rejects Kurdish claims in disputed areas

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected the claims by the semi- autonomous Kurdish region to control the disputed areas, which are now in the hands of the Kurdish security forces.

"No one has the right to exploit the events that occurred to impose a fait accompli, like what happened in some of the actions of the Kurdistan region. This is a rejected act," Maliki said in his televised weekly speech.

Maliki's comments came as an answer to Kurdish regional leader Massud Barzani's comments that the Kurds do not need the Iraqi constitution to resolve the problem over disputed areas, as the Peshmerga (Kurdish security forces) have now controlled the disputed city of Kirkuk, the last part of the disputed areas described in the constitution.

"The Kurds have been waiting for ten years to fulfill the article 140 but it was no use, now the article 140 is achieved and it is over, and we won't talk about it anymore," Barzani said.

The disputed areas are mainly ethnically mixed with the Kurds, Arabs and Turkmans and other minorities. The Kurds demanded to expand their autonomous region in northern Iraq to include the oil- rich province of Kirkuk and other areas in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh, Salahudin and Diyala.

Maliki also rejected the latest press releases by Barzani about a referendum to establish a Kurdish state.

On June 23, Barzani told CNN in an interview that "the time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold."

Iraq has been witnessing its worst security conditions that began about three weeks ago when armed Sunni insurgents, spearheaded by an al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, launched a surprise offensive that led to the debacle of Iraqi security forces, and the fallen of a large part of the country's northern and western territories.

Sources: Xinhua

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  1. Kurdish President: Conditions Favorable for Independence ...

    As Iraq’s attempts at building a new government failed on Tuesday, Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said he would push for a referendum on independence for Kurdistan.

    Barzani spoke with VOA's Persian service on Tuesday in Irbil, the largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

    The Iraqi army has struggled against offensives by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Islamic militant group that has captured large sections of Iraq’s north and west.

    When the Iraqi army abandoned the city of Kirkuk, Kurdish peshmerga stepped in to defend the city, as well as other northern towns deserted by Iraqi forces.

    The Kurds are exerting control over a larger part of the region, which is behind an increased push for independence.

    “This is a natural right that must be achieved,” Barzani said, adding that he hopes to conduct a referendum within months. “ I believe now the conditions are also favorable for independence. … Once achieved, we will help our brethren in Iraq, within our capabilities, to help Iraq maybe surmount the current crisis.

    “But this does not mean that we will set aside the independence of Kurdistan,” he added. “A referendum in Kurdish areas will determine our ultimate decision. We will implement whatever the people decide.”

    'A new Iraq'

    As far as what the future holds for Iraq, Barzani said, “I doubt if Iraq will go back to what it was. Maybe only God knows what will happen.”

    He said that in 2003, with the downfall of former Iraq President Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, the Kurds tried to help build “a new Iraq.”...............


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