MALIKI: Barzani’s decision has no legal value

December 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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December 15, 2012 – BAGHDAD, aswataliraq.info  – Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki regarded the change of terminology of the disputed areas made by the President of Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, as “having no legal value”, thus “jumping over the highest legal document; namely the constitution”.

Maliki called all executive and supervision authorities to condemn this decision and warned against adopting this decision. Earlier, Barzani ordered to change the term of “disputed areas” into “Kurdish areas outside the region”.

In a statement by the Premiership Presidency, Maliki added that this move is “an additional misuse of the constitution, which voted by the people, when President Barzani regarded all mixed areas , as named by the constitution, as disputed areas and attached to the Kurdish region”. “The Iraqi government informed all political circles and departments to abide by the constitution, particularly the attachment of these areas to the federal government”, the statement added. 

Baghdad, Kurds reach deal on north’s security

December 7, 2012 at 11:40 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/baghdad-kurds-reach-deal-on-norths-security.aspx?pageID=238&nID=36314&NewsCatID=352

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This photo shows Peshmarga forces near Kirkuk. The armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have been on alert for weeks. AA photo
This photo shows Peshmarga forces near Kirkuk. The armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have been on alert for weeks. AA photo

Iraq’s prime minister said yesterday Baghdad and Kurdish officials have reached a preliminary deal to allow inhabitants of disputed northern areas to oversee their own security.

Nouri al-Maliki said Baghdad and leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have agreed that units will be formed from local ethnic and sectarian groups to replace Iraqi and Kurdish forces currently in the disputed areas, which are claimed by Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds, the Associated Press reported.
Tension between Baghdad and Arbil has increased over the last two months following a decision by al-Maliki to form a new military command to oversee security forces bordering the northern Iraq. The move was deemed unconstitutional by the KRG.

Meanwhile, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday that the country faces dangers that may cause fatal results and that it is on the edge of a civil war, the Anatolia news agency reported. “These developments threaten the serenity and stability in the country.”

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