As the resolution of the Kirkuk Question is as crucial to future peace in Iraq as any elections, I’m surprised no major news outlet has carried the statement by the Kurdistan Region Presidency essentially dismissing the recent UN report as rubbish:
1- The participants expressed their disappointment with the recommendations of the report and stated that the report, in its current form, was far from what had been anticipated. For this reason, this report cannot be a basis to rely on for resolving the issues.
2- Most of the implementation mechanisms mentioned in the report are not close to those agreed to previously for resolving the issues.
3- The report has ignored the crux of the Iraqi Constitution and its call to implement Article 140.
4- de Mistura’s committee has been more preoccupied with irrelevant activities, instead of working on resolving the basic problems. It has allocated a large part of the report to some issues which are not the concern of the Committee.