Kurdistan Presidency: Maliki must put Article 140 into action

ERBIL, May 9 (AKnews) – If the Iraqi Prime Minister wants to solve the issue of disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad, he must implement Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, said the office of the Presidency of Kurdistan Region.
The presidency’s comment comes after Iraqi Prime Minsiter Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the city of Kirkuk, which is one of the most prominent areas of conflict between the regional and federal governments.
Maliki did not reveal his true intentions regarding Article 140 of the constitution during his visit to Kirkuk yesterday. He did not mention and ignored any reference to article.
The presidency alleged on their website that Maliki had intentionally selected the city of Kirkuk, in a maneuver to win over some chauvinists’ heart.
If Maliki wants to solve the problem of the disputed areas, he should allow the people to choose through self-determination.
Maliki arrived in Kirkuk yesterday early morning to meet with army officials.