Raising of Kurdistan Flag in Iraqi Kirkuk Can Jeopardize ‘Harmony’ - UN

© AFP 2022 / SAFIN HAMEDIraqi Kurdish youths wave a national flag as they stand above a giant flag of Kurdistan during celebrations of Flag Day on December 17, 2015
Iraqi Kurdish youths wave a national flag as they stand above a giant flag of Kurdistan during celebrations of Flag Day on December 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) said in a release on Tuesday it finds the decision by Kirkuk governor Najmaldin Karim to raise the Kurdish flag over the city’s citadel concerning.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday, the Kurdish flag was raised along with the Iraqi flag in Kirkuk.

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"The mission cautions against any unilateral steps that might jeopardize harmony and peaceful coexistence among many ethnic and religious groups that rightly call Kirkuk their home," the release stated.

The UNAMI noted that the city of Kirkuk falls under the jurisdiction of the central government of Iraq, which prohibits raising of any other flag than the official state one.

The Kirkuk province has one of the largest oil fields in Iraq. Kurdish forces have previously been in confrontation with the Iraqi government over ownership of energy resources.

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