UN envoy in Iraq on a tour of the disputed next week
Baghdad, October 27 / October (Rn) – The United Nations envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler on Thursday, he will begin early next week to tour the disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil to work to find formulas for understanding between the people of those areas before the withdrawal of the U.S. Army in the end of this year.
And recognizes the veteran German diplomat Kubler his duties as envoy to the United Nations in Iraq in August / August substitute for Dutch Ad Melkert to oversee the activities of the organization of international political, economic and humanitarian there.
Said Kuebler, told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) that “there is a tour I’m going in the disputed areas and I will be on Saturday or Sunday next in the province of Kirkuk to meet with officials there and talk to them about the problems facing the city,” noting that “the United Nations in Iraq working to find a formula understanding between the city’s population to end the problems. “
And governorate of Kirkuk as well as areas in Nineveh and Diyala, Salahuddin, one of the disputed areas between the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan region.
The former Iraqi regime, which dropped in 2003 by the American-led international forces, had made changes in population in areas inhabited by national mix in favor of Arabs at the expense of the Kurds, including Kirkuk, which lies 255 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
He cited an article in Iraq’s constitution is 140 to settle the dispute on those areas and provides for the normalization of the situation to remove the effects of previous policies before making a census paving the way for the final phase of a referendum in those areas to determine the administrative subordination of the Kurdistan region or the federal government in Baghdad.
And was scheduled to complete the implementation of the provisions of Article end of 2007, but the presence of complex problems in Iraq, particularly in the disputed areas prevented it.
Kuebler said that “the United Nations Mission will be a set of solutions to officials in the province (Kirkuk) in an attempt to bridge the gap between the parties that are out there,” stressing “We must reach a formula of understanding between the parties before the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.”
Observers believe that the file of the disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil is the most important challenge in Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. forces at the end of this year, and say not to settle the situation in those areas would provoke conflict between the components.
Kurds and stresses the need to apply the constitutional article and say it is the only road map to restore the rights to their owners upon resolution of the dispute, but the Turkmen and Arab parties rejected it.