Monday, May 08, 2006

Kurdish plans for Kirkuk?

A very interesting quote from the Los Angeles Times report (my emphasis):
Tensions between Iraqi Arabs and autonomy-seeking Kurds have fueled much of the violence in and around Kirkuk, capital of Al Tamim province. The Kurdish region in the north has functioned as a semiautonomous enclave since 1991, divided between two Kurdish blocs, each with its own administration.

On Sunday, the Kurds unveiled a new Cabinet, nominally reunifying the government. Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani announced a newly created Ministry of Natural Resources to manage and exploit newly discovered oil and energy deposits. He also vowed to support "newly liberated" parts of the Kurdish region, including Kirkuk.


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