Iraq: Muslim Ulema slam decision by US senate to divide Iraq

Baghdad, 28 Sept. (AKI) - The Council of the Muslim Ulema, Iraq's most important Sunni Muslim authority, has strongly condemned the decision by the US senate to decentralize Iraq, divide it in federal states and thus give the ethnically divided regions more power.

The non-binding resolution, which was passed after a vote of 75 in favour and 23 against, was reached in Washington and mainly sponsored by the Delaware Democratic senator and US presidential hopeful Joseph Biden.

The resolution calls for a separation of Iraq into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish entities, with the federal government remaining in Baghdad.

The Muslim Ulema has cried foul of these proposed divisions, and has appealed to the Islamic world and the international community to "adopt a strong stance against it."

A statement released by the Ulema casts doubts and suspicions over the intention of the US senate to pass such a resolution.

"Isn't it strange that the US congress adopted this decree, although non-binding, which is aimed at creating federal entities with the excuse that this will end the violence that is affecting the country. But its real aim is division, or to put it better, to realise one of the main objectives of the Iraqi invasion."

In the statement, the Ulema also blames a desire by a specific "known" part of the US government, as well as the Israeli lobby.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has also condemned the resolution, calling it a "catastrophe".


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