"Kurds Petition U.N. For Independence from Iraq
BY BENNY AVNI - Special to the Sun
December 24, 2004
UNITED NATIONS - A group of Kurdish activists has delivered to the United Nations a petition calling for an independent Kurdistan that was signed by more than 1.7 million Kurds, or almost half the Kurdish population in northern Iraq.
Members of the American-led coalition and the U.N. fear that an independent Kurdistan could lead to the breakup of Iraq. It is also a major concern for neighboring Turkey, which has its own Kurdish population with aspirations for independence.
The American-led coalition, as well as the transitional law that currently governs Iraq, calls for a unified nation. The petition, signed by residents in what the Kurdish activists define as 'southern Kurdistan, 'demands a referendum that will lead to independence and the breakup of Iraq."
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