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IIP Sees Kurdish Step as Threat to Iraqi Integrity
IIP Sees Kurdish Step as Threat to Iraqi Integrity
The leader of the Kurdish region in the north of Iraq threatened secession Sunday as a dispute over flying the Iraqi flag intensified. Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish region, on Friday ordered the country’s national flag to be replaced with the Kurdish one. His decision sparked harsh words in Baghdad.
Tuesday, September 5,2006 00:00
by Ahmad Alaa IkhwanWeb
The leader of the Kurdish region in the north of Iraq threatened secession Sunday as a dispute over flying the Iraqi flag intensified. Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish region, on Friday ordered the country’s national flag to be replaced with the Kurdish one. His decision sparked harsh words in Baghdad. In an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb, Iraqi Islamic Party Member (IIP) Dr. Alaa Mekki, who is also a member of Iraqi Reconciliation Front, said that the decision taken by Iraqi Kurdish officials as regards the Iraqi flag poses a threat to integrity of Iraq. “We, in the Islamic Party, condemn such a step and see that it works against the integrity of Iraq, and call our Kurdish brothers to reconsider this decision and re- hoist the Iraqi flag on the land of Kurdistan” Makki said. He pointed out that this secession attempt comes at a time when Iraq is in desperate need of cohesion and unity now that the armed militias go on a rampage, killing and displacing  people on identity and sectarian grounds,” a step regarded by us as an exposed attempt to rupture Iraq”, he added. The IIP figure regarded this attempt of secession as a chapter of a series of intrigues plotted against Iraq, with attempts of some interest groups to share out oil and advocate a federal state at a time when the Iraqi people are suffering poverty and starvation. Makki depicted the recent Kurdish step as glaring contravention with the Constitution, adding that even if the federal system is provided in a constitution article, it can be amended if this is for the interest of the entire nation.
tags: Iraq / Kurds.IIP / Barzani / Baghdad
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