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 Turkomen Front refuses spread of Kurdish Asayish (Security) forces in Kirkuk city

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Turkomen Front refuses spread of Kurdish Asayish (Security) forces in Kirkuk city  16.8.2011  







August 16, 2011

KIRKUK, Iraq's border with Kurdistan region, — The Iraqi Turkomen Front in northern Iraq’s city of Kirkuk has announced on Tuesday its refusal to allow what it described as “non-legal security elements, belonging to the main Kurdish Parties, in Kirkuk city, in a hint to the Kurdish Asayish (Security) forces.

“The Kurdish officials in the executive and security offices in Kirkuk Province are giving different justifications to spread those elements in Kirkuk,” the Turkomen Front stressed in a statement, copy of which dropped in Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“A clear politicized campaign, is demanding the spread of Kurdish Peshmerga and Asayish forces in the so-called areas of conflict in Kirkuk,” the statement stressed, saying that “Kirkuk Governor, who we were expecting him to respect balancing and interests of everybody, is ignoring attempts to spread Asayish forces in different parts of Kirkuk.”               

The Kurds are seeking to integrate the province into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region clamming it to be historically a Kurdish city, Kurds have a strong cultural and emotional attachment to Kirkuk, which they call "the Kurdish Jerusalem." Kurds see it as the rightful and perfect capital of an autonomous Kurdistan state. Photo: Reuters
“The Iraqi Turkomen Front rejects the spread of the Asayish forces inside Kirkuk, demanding those, who allege respect for the Iraqi Constitution, to oblige themselves to the Constitution,” the statement said, calling on Kirkuk Governor to “listen to the voice of the street, describing the spread of those forces as hostile, and he has to open the chance for Kirkuk’s Anti-Terrorism Center, that was established recently, to carry out the security operation.”

The oil-rich province of Kirkuk is one of the most disputed areas by the regional government and the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

The Kurds are seeking to integrate the province into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region clamming it to be historically a Kurdish city, it lies just south border of the Kurdistan autonomous region, the population is a mix of majority Kurds and minority of Arabs, Christians and Turkmen, lies 250 km northeast of Baghdad.
Kurds have a strong cultural and emotional attachment to Kirkuk,www.ekurd.net which they call "the Kurdish Jerusalem." Kurds see it as the rightful and perfect capital of an autonomous Kurdistan state.

Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the situation in Kirkuk city and other disputed areas through having back its Kurdish inhabitants and repatriating the Arabs relocated in the city during the former regime’s time to their original provinces in central and southern Iraq.

The article also calls for conducting a census to be followed by a referendum to let the inhabitants decide whether they would like Kirkuk to be annexed to the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region or having it as an independent province.

The former regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had forced over 250,000 Kurdish residents to give up their homes to Arabs in the 1970s, to "Arabize" the city and the region's oil industry.

The last ethnic-breakdown census in Iraq was conducted in 1957, well before Saddam began his program to move Arabs to Kirkuk. That count showed 178,000 Kurds, 48,000 Turkomen, 43,000 Arabs and 10,000 Assyrian-Chaldean Christians living in the city. 
  

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