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Today, Thursday (September 7, 2023), the representative of the State of Law Coalition, Baqir Al-Saadi, said that the Kirkuk governorate has overcome the crisis of the beginning of September, while announcing the existence of a road map, which he described as "national", that will crystallize in the governorate.
Al-Saadi explained in an interview with "Baghdad Today", that "the events that took place at the beginning of September in Kirkuk governorate were worrisome, but they were brought under control and the conditions are now normal and there are no serious risks to the security of the city," pointing out that "what happened was due to the presence of weak souls." They tried to shuffle the cards, but the efforts of the security forces and the cooperation of the main parties contributed to containing the situation."
He pointed out, "Kirkuk is in front of a forthcoming national road map that all parties, including the Sudanese government, seek to crystallize in order to avoid a recurrence of the crisis," stressing that "Baghdad has adopted three main principles in dealing with the Kirkuk file, which is that security is a red line and does not allow to stir up strife or transgression." Public property and the imposition of the prestige of the state and the law and respect for human rights.
He pointed out that "the Kirkuk file is sensitive, large and exceptional, and any consensus must take into account the rights of all its components without exception," noting that "the Sudanese government dealt with the recent events with the logic of wisdom and objectivity, based on the principle that all the people of the city are" Iraqis.
During the past few days, the Kirkuk governorate witnessed security tension after Arab and Turkmen protesters organized a sit-in near the general headquarters of the security forces in the governorate, following information that Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani had ordered the security forces to hand over this headquarters to the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which had previously occupied it.
As a result, at least four demonstrators were killed and 16 others were injured when clashes erupted during the demonstrations in the multinational city in northern Iraq, where the authorities imposed a curfew.
On Monday, the fourth of September, local media circulated news of new armed clashes and confrontations between Arabs and Turkmen on the one hand, and the Kurds on the other, in Kirkuk. The Security Media Cell denied these reports.