6:25 AM ADMIN
Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: Controversial parliamentary discussions resulted on hoisting the Kurdish
flag on Kirkuk official buildings beside the national Iraqi flag.
The result of the discussion led to the withdrawal of the Kurdish MPs from the session.
Within the discussions, the parliament stressed that "Kirkuk oil is the property of the Iraqi people and shall be divided among all Iraqi provinces".
Political observers believe that the question of the flag is "another reason" for the Kurdish separation from the Iraqi state.
Kurdish sources reported that they "do not care of the decision taken by the Iraqi parliament".
Legal expert Hatif al-Mussawi pointed that there are "constitutional measures" to cancel the decision to hoist the Kurdish flag, stressing that the Iraqi parliament has "no authority to cancel it".
He called the central government and the opposers in Kirkuk to resort to the legal administrative system.
On the other hand, the Iraqi Parliamentary Legal Commission was divided on the authority of the parliament to force Kirkuk Provincial Council to hoist the Iraqi national flag only.
MP Saleem Shawqi pointed that the parliament has the right to demote Kirkuk provincial council if the hoisting of the flag will "result damage in the province".
"The Iraqi constitution regarded the issues of the flag, national anthem and emblem as "sovereign issues" within the federal competence.
On the opposite side, Rapporteur of the Legal Commission Hassan Touran pointed that the opinion of MP Shawqi is "personal and does not represent the commission", but pointed out that the hoisting of the flag is a "sovereign decision".
In the Kurdish front, the Kurdish presidency rejected the decision, stating that it will not abide by it, "so it became a fact and Baghdad should deal with it".
For decades, Kirkuk province was not regarded part of the Kurdish region, but currently the Kurdish Peshmarga forces are controlling it on the security level and most of its administrative units are under the Kurdish political force.
The Kurds are trying for years to annex the province, which matter was rejected by the Arab and Turkmen population.
The withdrawing Kurdish MPs issued a statement that they will not attend the parliamentary session as long the decision on rejecting and hoisting of the Kurdish flag is valid.
On the other side, the Arab and Turkmen blocs in Kirkuk "welcomed the parliamentarian decision", pointing that it is a "sensitive case" that all other components should participate.
Last week, Kirkuk provincial council voted, in majority, to hoist the Kurdish flag beside the national Iraqi flag on governmental buildings, but the decision was rejected and boycotted by the Arab and Turkmen components.
Turkey, on the other side, rejected the decision and regarded it as "incorrect".