The Iraqi central government’s Anti-Terror Police Force announced to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) that they had 24 hours to lower the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) flags hanging on the party buildings in Kirkuk.
Speaker for the Anti-Terror Police Force 2. Division Command Press Officer Muntazar es-Saidi, speaking to the AA correspondent said, ‘We gave the KYB 24 hours to lower the flags.’
Saidi said that the continuation of the crisis in Kirkuk would lead to the deterioration of the city’s stability and would not allow it and that ‘The stability and security of the city is our priority’.
The tension started two days ago when the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) hung KRG flags on the party buildings in Kirkuk and the Governorate of Kirkuk demanded reinforcements from the Iraqi central government.
EMPHASIS ON STABILITY
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdulmehdi called on the parties to maintain stability in the city in the statement that he issued after the tension generated when the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) hung the flags of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on buildings in Kirkuk.
According to a statement released on the official website of the Prime Minister’s Office, Abdulmehdi met with some of PUK Kirkuk MPs in the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad.
Abdulmehdi stressed the importance of preserving stability in Kirkuk, the coexistence of various elements and respect for differences.
Abdulmehdi also said that the issue that should be focused on now is to deliver service in Kirkuk and work in accordance with the Constitution.
In a written statement about the flag crisis in Kirkuk yesterday Iraqi Prime Minister Abdulmehdi said, ““Kirkuk is outside the limits of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government specified in the Constitution and is among controversial zones.”