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 Kurdistan's Barzani issues decree to use "Kurdish areas outside region" instead of "disputed areas" 

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Kurdistan's Barzani issues decree to use "Kurdish areas outside region" instead of "disputed areas"   14.12.2012  

Massoud Barzani, the president of Kurdistan region of Iraq, Erbil, March 15, 2012. Photo: EPA See Related Articles
Barzani decides to rename the "disputed areas" to "Kurdish areas outside the region"

December 14,

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',—  President of autonomous Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani decided on Friday to use the word "Kurdish areas outside the region" instead of the "disputed areas", which will be decided upon the application of Article 140 of the constitution.

The president considered that the abandon of Iraqi officials to use "disputed areas" as a clear sign that they intend not to apply the Article 140 of the constitution.

He ordered all ministries and departments in the region to commit to the decision.

Iraq’s president says the central government and Kurdish leaders have reached a deal to ease a military standoff that began last month.

A statement issued by President Jalal Talabani’s office Thursday says the accord between leaders in Baghdad and the self-rule Kurdish region would eventually lead to the withdrawal of both sides’ military forces from disputed northern areas.

Under the plan, local residents would oversee their own security.

The deal appears to firm up a preliminary agreement announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki last week.
Talabani gave no timetable for the deal to be implemented.

Tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds spiked following a decision by al-Maliki to form a new military Dijla command to oversee security forces bordering the self-ruled Kurdish region,www.ekurd.netbut the Kurds say the move was unconstitutional.

The Dijla Operations Command was introduced by the central government in June to be the main command of the security and police in Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahaddin – disputed territories that both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) lay claim to.

Massoud Barzani said on November 17, 2012, the region was fully prepared to defend itself, after a skirmish between Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops along their disputed internal border.

Iraq's Kurdistan region has sent reinforcements to a disputed area on November 24, 2012, where its troops are involved in a standoff with the Iraqi army, a senior Kurdish military official said, despite calls on both sides for dialogue to calm the situation.

Iraq's government and autonomous Kurdistan on December 13, 2012 agreed to defuse a tense standoff between their troops by gradually withdrawing them from disputed territories along their internal border, a statement from Iraq's President Jalal Talabani said.

Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the situation in Kirkuk city and other Kurdish areas outside Kurdistan region like Khanaqin.

The disputed areas a term used in accordance with the constitutional Article 140 on Kirkuk and some districts and counties in the provinces of Nineveh and Diyala.

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