Committees for peaceful coexistence by the PM

Iraqi Prime Minister to receive reports of the four committees in Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahaddin and Anbar. Media office of PM

By Goran Baban in Kirkuk

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tasked four committees to establish the ground for dialogue, peace and coexistence mainly in the disputed territories and report their recommendations.

The committees were formed following a conference in Baghdad in April aimed t establishing dialogue and common understanding among components of these four provinces.

The committees in Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahaddin and Anbar are drafting recommendations and proposals about mechanisms to establish social peace.

Ahang Anwar, lawyer and member of Kirkuk committee, said "the committees in four provinces from all components are directly chaired by the office of PM."

The committees in four provinces from all components are directly chaired by the office of PM

Kirkuk committee embraces 12 members, Kurds and Arabs each 4 members, three Turkmen and one Christian.

"WE have held severl meetings and signed a protocol," Anwar said," yet she declared no further details about the contents of the protocol.

"The final say is for the PM how to proceed to restore peace and coexistence among the ethnicities and religions in these four provinces."

The oil rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq's second largest oil reserves, is ethnically a mixed province of 1.2 million Kurds, Sunni and Shiite Arabs, and Turkmen and other minorities.

Kirkuk, 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, is part of disputed territories runs from Shingal on the Syrian border southeast to Khanaqin and Mandali on the Iranian border.

Following the military defeat of ISIS, discord over security arrangements, public services, and the lack of a unified administration in the disputed territories, have plagued victims and survivors.

"Once our proposals are approved, we will start dialogue with students  from different componentsin the universities and the institutes. We will also meet the security forces and political parties in order to bring in peace among the components," Ahang enthusiastically said.

"The status of Kirkuk and even other provinces in terms of security, politically, economically and socially is unstable and occasionally very tense and the goal of the PM is to open the doors for peace and cohabit among all the ethnicities."

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