Kurdistan Parliament votes on sending
Kurdish Peshmerga troops to Diyala areas
August 19, 2011
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The Parliament of Iraq’s
Kurdistan Region has voted on Thursday to send
Kurdish Peshmerga forces to the areas of Jalawlaa
and Saadiya in eastern Iraq’s disputed Diyala
Province to protect Kurdish citizens and carry out
negotiations with Iran to restore the Wand River
waters to Khanaquin in Diyala Province, an MP said.
“The Parliament has voted in its Thursday session to
send Peshmerga forces to the areas of Jalawla and
Saadiya in Diyala Province, Abdullah Mahmoud told
Aswat al-Iraq news agency,www.ekurd.netalong
with voting on carrying out negotiations with Iran
to find a diplomatic settlement for the problem of
cutting the Wand waters on Khanaquin city.
Kurdistan Parliament votes on sending Kurdish
Peshmerga troops to Diyala areas.
The Kurdistan Parliament
had adjourned its session from Wednesday to
Thursday, after listening to views and proposals of
the Special Committee, assigned to visit Jalawla and
Saadiya townships and the problem of the escalation
of armed attacks against Kurdish citizens and the
cutting of the Wand river waters.
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, considered 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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