No: 92, 28 March 2017, Press Release Regarding The Decision Approved In The Kirkuk Provincial Assembly

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 28.03.2017

We find the decision, which is adopted today (28 March) in the Kirkuk Provincial Assembly, to raise the KRG flag together with the Iraqi flag throughout the official institutions in Kirkuk incorrect and we are concerned about it.


We consider this decision, which was endorsed in a vote boycotted by the Turcoman and Arab members of the Provincial Council, as a unilateral act that directly concerns the disputed status of Kirkuk and that contradicts the Iraqi Constitution.


Insisting on one-sided moves with regard to the status of Kirkuk, which is the common asset of Iraqi citizens of various identities, would undermine reconciliation, dialogue and commitment to the constitutional processes. Such approaches would also be detrimental to the efforts to ensure lasting security and stability in Iraq.


All concerned parties should act with common sense, responsibility and restraint during the critical period which Iraq is passing through.

Mehmet Vakur Erkul Ambassador
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