Kurdistan president visits Khanaqin,
Iraqiya says Barzani's visit is “provocation”
September 24, 2011
DIYALA, Iraq, — Iraqiya list in Diyala province
stated on Thursday that the visit of Kurdistan
president Massoud Barzani to Khanaqin District was
provocative and disregarding to local protocols.
Kurds are seeking to exploit US Forces withdrawal
and the regional situation to annex disputed regions
and declare their independent state, Iraqiya list
argued. Barzani’s statements regarding Peshmerga
forces in Jalwla and Saadia establish the roots of a
civil war, the list cautioned.
“We welcome the visit of any Iraqi official to
Diyala, however, the visit of Kurdistan leader
Massoud Barzani was provocative and disregarded
local protocols,” said Iraqiya List media spokesman
in Diyala Rassem Al Kuaidy. “Barazani’s visit took
place without any coordination with the province’s
administration,” he explained.
“Barazani acted as though Khanaqin District was part
of Kurdistan region,” he also said.
“Barazani’s statements about the missions of
Peshmerga forces in Jalwla and Saadia establish the
roots of a civil war, because appointing security
forces to protect a region and not another is very
bad,” Al Kuaidi added. “These statements risk having
serious implications on the local security and opens
a way before extremists to disrupt security and
internal stability,” he added.
“Kurds are seeking to
exploit US Forces withdrawal and the regional
situation to annex disputed regions and declare
their independent state,” said Al Kuaidy who is also
the advisor for Diyala investment affairs.
“Barazani’s visit to Khanaqin District and his
statements push to accelerate control over disputed
regions in Diyala,” he continued.
Al Kuaid called on Kurdish politicians not to spur a
crisis that would damage all parties especially that
disputed regions in Diyala are safe and secure.
“Parties who seek to tear national unity apart will
profit from any tensed statement to reach their
goals,” he stressed. “Not a single Iraqi whether
or Turkman would tolerate this,” he concluded.
Peshmarga forces will not
withdraw till situation is stable, Barzani says
Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani confirmed on
Thursday that Peshmerga forces will not withdraw
from Khanaqin area until the situation is settled.
Member of the Polit-bureau of the National Kurdish
Party Mahmoud Sinkawi told Aswat al-Iraq that
Barzani confirmed this point, in addition to
discussing the services rendered to the citizens
there. Barzani promised to develop the services in
the disputed areas.
Kurdistan’s Peshmerga Ministry had spread its forces
of Diyala Province, after the escalation of the
Kurdish demands on both popular and official levels
to protect Kurds in those areas,www.ekurd.netconsidered among
the areas in-conflict between Kurdistan government
and the Federal government of Baghdad.
Diyala province, a
restive part of Iraq outside the Kurdish autonomous
region of Kurdistan but home to many Kurds. The Diyala district, which includes a string of villages and
some of Iraq's oil reserves, is home to about 175,000 Kurds, most of them
In June 2006, the local council of Khanaqin proposed that the district be
integrated into the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.
During the Arabisation policy of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, a large number of
Kurdish Shiites were displaced by force from Khanaqin. They started returning
after the fall of Saddam in 2003.
Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the
situation in Kirkuk city and other disputed areas like Khanaqin.
Kurdistan's government says oil-rich Khanaqin should be part of its
semi-autonomous region, which it hopes to expand in a referendum in the future.
In the meantime, Khanaqin and other so-called disputed areas remain targets of
Sunni Arab insurgents opposed to Kurdish expansion and vowing to hold onto land
seized during ex-dictator Saddam Hussein's efforts to "Arabize" the region.
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