A number of Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen tribal chiefs in Kirkuk have formed the “Council of the Wise.”
The formation of the council was announced on Wednesday (23 September) during a press conference in Laylan, with the presence of a number of the tribal chiefs and community leaders in Kirkuk.
During the press conference, the General Secretary of the Iraqi Council of the Wise, Amir Ta’i, said: “Councils have been formed in most of the cities of Iraq in the past year.
The council works on coexistence and brotherhood between the different components of Kirkuk
The council works on coexistence and brotherhood between the different components of Kirkuk. The first initiative by the council is to declare spilling blood haram, and resolving issues through dialogue instead, especially the issue of agricultural land ownership.”
Najat Muhammad, a member of the council, said: “The most important action for us to take is resolving the issue of ownership of agricultural lands in Kirkuk Province, and conveying the demands of the farmers to government officials.”
Tensions in some rural areas between farmers of different ethnicities have been rising to dangerous points, nearly leading to armed clashes in recent months.
To ease the tensions, on 23 September, the Federal Government announced that it has nullified all contracts and leases from the time of the Ba’th regime.