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The two main Kurdish factions are proposing a new regional government to be a part of a unified Iraq.
A joint committee set up after talks between KDP leader Massoud Barzani and PUK chief Jalal Talabani agreed this week on amendments to a constitution Barzani drew up earlier this year, KDP Ankara representative Safeen Dizayee said. "The draft constitution outlines the structure of a regional administration in the northern region, including legislative, judiciary and executive responsibilities," he told Reuters. It envisions the oil-rich city of Kirkuk as regional capital.
The document will be debated at a meeting of the joint Kurdish parliament Oct. 4 and will be presented at a gathering of opposition groups in Europe next month, Dizayee said. "What is important is the federal structure of Iraq, since the north has to be in concert with the rest of Iraq," he said. "The overall structure is for the Iraqi people and the Iraqi opposition to decide."
Tensions have simmered between NATO member Turkey and Iraqi Kurds over fears the Kurds would seize an opportunity to create an independent state bordering Turkey, which has a large, restive Kurdish population. Barzani and Talabani have sought to ease Ankara's fears, insisting they are for Iraq's territorial integrity and would like to see a federal, united state.
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