ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi Parliament on Wednesday asked the Council of Ministers to take measures against the Kurdistan Region following the momentous independence referendum.
In a session boycotted by Kurdish MPs, the Iraqi Parliament mandated the Iraqi government take strict measures against the Region that included deploying military forces in the Peshmerga controlled areas.
The Iraqi government was given authorization to deploy forces to occupy the Peshmerga controlled areas in the Kurdistani areas outside of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) administration.
The Parliament reiterated that holding a referendum was unconstitutional, and said authorities would take legal action against those responsible for organizing the vote, including the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani.
“All the border crossings outside of the control of the Federal Government of Iraq will be closed, and all goods exchanged at those borders are considered illegal,” the Parliament decision stated, urging neighboring countries to comply with Iraqi demands.
Referring to Kurdistan, the decision urged the government to seize oil fields in the “north” of Kirkuk as well as the disputed territories.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum was also urged to carry out his constitutional duties to keep the country united.
The Parliament rejected calls for dialogue by President Barzani and asked the government not to accept any conditional exchanges unless the independence referendum results were canceled.
Members of the Parliament also asked the government to fire all Kurdish state employees who participated in the Kurdistan Region’s referendum and voted yes, while ensuring “social relations” with the Kurdish people are preserved.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany