Tayfur: “The solution for the affected areas is to adopt the law re-demarcating the administrative borders between the provinces, and to apply Article 140”
The Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Arif Tayfur, expressed his surprise at Hussein Al-Shahristani, the Deputy Prime Minister, chairing a government committee and making decisions which favor of one party and marginalize other components. Referring to the government committee formed to investigate the events in Tuz Khurmatu, Arif Tayfur stressed that the best solution for the areas affected is to adopt the law re-demarcating the administrative borders between the provinces, to apply Article 140 and to conduct a census in the Kurdistan areas outside the KRG control
Tayfur said in a statement that "In light of the current situation and the instability in the area, with increased insurgency, a rise in the targeting of innocent people, the violations committed in every part of Iraq, and especially the constant security violations in Tuz Khurmatu, some people would appear to be pursuing their own agendas at the cost of innocent people’s blood. The exploitation of the deteriorating security situation, the demands to turn the district into a province, the forming of the Sahwa and the arming of civilians all constitute violations of both the constitution and the law."
"We are surprised at the decision to appoint Mr. Hussein al-Shahristani to chair the committee. The individual in question, who proved a failure in the management of electricity and power issues, now chairs a government committee that has displayed clear partiality, favoring one party and marginalizing the remaining stakeholders," Tayfur added
"While we express our condolence to the families of the martyrs, we call on the Federal Government to assume responsibility for the security issue and prevent the recurrence of such events. To do so, it must make a real effort to deal with the factors that underlie these repeated violations."
Tayfur pointed out that the Iraqi Parliament decided to form a parliamentary committee to visit the area and draft a detailed report on the humanitarian and security situation in the district.
Tayfur demanded ‘those who prey in muddied water’ to stop their tendentious statements, and asked everyone concerned to wait for the results of the Parliamentary committee report, stating that re-activating the Sahwa could only aggravate the situation, which would not be in anyone’s interests. "The best solution for the affected areas is to adopt the law re-demarcating the administrative borders between the provinces, to apply Article 140, conduct a census in the Kurdistani areas outside the Region, and give the people in these areas the opportunity to determine their own destiny in an impartial referendum. Only thus can the security and service issues be addressed,” Tayfur explained.
The Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Arif Tayfur