Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Issues that Delayed Approving the Iraqi Constitution Draft

Kirkuk:The Kurds desire the application of Article 58 of the state administration code for the interim period (the temporary constitution currently in force), which states the normalization of conditions in Kirkuk, through returning the Kurds, Turkmen and others, whom Saddam's regime has displaced them by force, confiscated their property and replaced them by Arabs, who were brought form the south and center, within the process of Arabization that included other regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Shiaas and some Sunnis object to this request. The Shiite coalition desires to postpone solving the issue o Kirkuk until after approving the permanent constitution, which contradicts with what the Shiaas and Kurds have agreed upon, before the creation of the government.