MESOP : THE KIRKUK GOVERNOR AS AN DARLING OF IRAN & PUK TRIES TO CONVINCE WASHINGTON – AGAINST KURDISH UNITY !
Kirkuk Governor Seeks to Establish an Autonomous Region
Nuwar Faqie – BasNews – 22 May 2016 – KIRKUK — The governor of Kirkuk stated that they seek autonomy for Kirkuk province to make it an autonomous region. Najmaddin Karim, the Governor of Kirkuk province, told Sawa radio that they seek to separate from Baghdad and establish an autonomous region, but that doesn’t imply it will be annexed to the Kurdistan Region.
“The population of the city has the right to self-determination and decide their own destiny as to become an independent region or to be annexed to Baghdad or Kurdistan Region” Karim said.All provinces can establish autonomous regions according to the Iraqi constitution, Karim said, noting that decentralization is not intended to divide the country, it will rather help improve the condition of the provinces. – Regarding the issue, an informed source in the provincial council of Kirkuk revealed to BasNews that the Kirkuk governor is currently visiting US, attempting to establish an autonomous region from Kurdish disputed areas in collaboration with the Iraqi Shi’ites factions. The official claimed that the plan intends to ultimately impede the anticipated referendum on Kurdish independence. After Kirkuk Governor previously stated that more autonomy for his province is needed, Washington stated it does not support the idea. The US supports governing Iraq “through a unitary government,” says the State Department Spokesperson. www.mesop.de