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 Iraqi Council of Ministers approved new provinces of Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar

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Iraqi Council of Ministers approved new provinces of Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar  21.1.2014   


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January 21, 2014

BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi Council of Ministers approved Tuesday the proposal to announce the districts of Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar as provinces, in an apparent attempt to counter the expansion of the autonomous Kurdistan region, Iraqi local news reported.

The Iraqi Council of the Ministers reported in a statement ”The Cabinet proved principally to announce Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar as provinces but this proposal to be submitted to the Cabinet after accomplishing all required procedures.”

”A committee was formed chaired by the concerned Ministers and the membership of representatives of the Ministries of Justice and Municipalities in addition to the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers to assume setting the controls and terms adopted to announce the related areas as provinces,” the statement said.

At the end of the formal procedures, the two districts will be provinces No. 20 and 21 in Iraq after the Iraqi government recently approved Halabja district in Kurdistan Region as the 19th province.

Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar — border Iraq's northern Kurdistan autonomous region. The former is a mixed city containing Arabs, Kurds, and ethnic Turkomenwww.Ekurd.net while the latter has a large Christian population.

The administration of Tuz Khurmatu in Salahuddin province expressed on Tuesday, its surprised by the decision of the federal government to make the district as a province and pointed out that the decision is not within the control of its citizens and announced an urgent meeting with the provincial council for discussion, on Wednesday.

Tal Afar district is affiliated to Nineveh province on the Syrian border, while Tuz Khurmatu is affiliated to Salahuddin province.

Tuz Khurmatu is of the disputed areas between the federal government in Baghdad and Kurdistan Region as Kurds are expected to reject the decision to settle the dispute about it.

Kurds demand the application of Article 140 of the Constitution, which includes a roadmap to settle the disputes area over the Kurdish areas, in which Kurds say that these areas have been deducted from Kurdistan Region due to the policies of the former regime.

Turkomen and Christians, many of whom fear absorption into the Kurdistan Regional Government, have been demanding separate province status forwww.Ekurd.net Tuz Khurmatu and Ninevah Plain for years.

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