dimanche 6 septembre 2009

Arab bloc in Kirkuk threatens to boycott council

September 3, 2009 KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq:
The Arab bloc at the Kirkuk Provincial Council threatened Thursday to boycott if an Iraqi-peshmarga-U.S. protection force is formed.

The bloc said in a release that it rejects the idea that such a force will be responsible for Kirkuk’s security.

“We, the representatives of Arabs at the Kirkuk Provincial Council, will boycott the sessions to express our rejection of this proposal,” said the release received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“We will be committed to the boycott until the proposal is canceled,” it said.

The legal and constitutional status of Kirkuk imposes a special means to deal carefully with any issue related to the city, according to the bloc.
“All sides should cooperate to make the proper decisions, and any provocative step would heavily damage security in Kirkuk,” the release said.

The statement pointed out that the proposal to form the combined force violates the Iraqi constitution and the Iraq-U.S. long-term security pact.

The oil-rich Kirkuk, a city of mixed Arab, Turkmen and Kurdish population, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
MH (S)/AmR

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