AMSI: Kirkuk annexation a last-ditch attempt to benefit from the occupation
The Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) had this to say about the vote by Kurdish members of the Kirkuk provincial council to annex the city to the Kurdistan Region:
Some hidden things have come to light, in particular the motives of Kurdish politicians respecting their participation in the nation [of Iraq]. In a step that it would be hard to say reflected their full possession of their senses, Kurdish members of the provincial council voted yesterday to call for the annexation of the city to the so-called Kurdistan Region--which is itself lacking in legality--[annexation] which would depend on a free referendum of the people of Iraq, and an independent will in a free country, none of which is yet the case.
This is a measure lacking in balance and it will turn upon its creators. Those who have undertaken this should understand that any fruits that are obtained during the incumbency of the occupation have no value, and are completely lacking in legality. The people of Iraq, including the more true Kurdish people, will not permit collaboration with the occupier against the interests of the nation and its people. The Association of Muslim Scholars condemns this demand, and emphasizes this: The life of the occupation is short, and shorter still is the life of those who collaborate with the occupation and benefit from its presence. We ask the people of Kirkuk not to fall into the trap of fitna that they hope to ignite, so that those [Kurdish] politicians might create chaos and utilize that for a settling of accounts and imposition of a misconceived reality.
The issue of Kirkuk is the focus of attention of the national forces that oppose the occupation, and they have a view and a will able to settle this at the appropriate time in an equitable way, satisfactory to all the parties, and bringing security to [the city] and its people, and to Iraq as a whole, and the time for that is near at hand.