Kirkuk’s Arabs and Turkmen respond to Rebwar Talabani’s recent statements on Kirkuk

October 10, 2018 at 9:58 am

Kirkuk- A regular meeting of the provincial council, January, 2017

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In response to recent statements by the acting head of the Kirkuk provincial council Rebwar Talabani, in which he called for putting an end to “military rule in the multi-ethnic province and the need to prosecute all those involved in crimes against civilians in Kirkuk”, the Arab Council in Kirkuk and the Turkmen Front have emphasized that security forces are working unbiasedly to protect all the different components of Kirkuk.

Speaking to KirkukNow, Hatam al-Ta’I, member of the Arab Council said, “The military rule Rebwar Talabani is referring to represents the sovereignty of the state and its federal authority. As for the security forces they are protecting all citizens indiscriminately”.

Regarding Rebwar Talabani’s accusations regarding alleged attempts to change the demographic characteristics of the province, he added, “no changes have been made to the demography of Kirkuk, and we challenge anyone to prove a single attempt to do that. All what happens here is in accordance with the law.”

Meanwhile, the head pf the Turkmen Front’s organization bureau Muhammad Sam’an stated that “Kirkuk is witnessing relative stability, and the security forces are carrying out their duties unbiasedly”.

Rebwar Talabani is currently in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, where he fled to last October as Iraqi troops arrived in Kirkuk.

Council members from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) have also left the city, bringing the provincial council’s meetings to a halt.

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