Soraya Fallah


Article 140 and The Future of Iraq



A Conference Sponsored by Washington Kurdish Institute, the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict – Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the Kurdish National Congress of NA
Friday May 9, 2008
9:00am to 5:00pm
2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Independence & South Capitol St, SW
Capitol South Metro Stop - Blue and Orange Lines
Please send name, affiliation, and daytime telephone number
Registration is Required (Space is Limited)
Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution mandates a process of normalization and referendum for disputed territories, although it continues to be a vexing issue which needs to be addressed. The most significant of these disputed territories is the governorate and city of Kirkuk, which suffered ethnic cleansing and expulsion by the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein. Makhmur, Sinjar, Khanaqeen and other areas of rural Kurdistan also fall under the jurisdiction of Article 140.
The future of Iraq depends on Article 140 and its aim of using a democratic and constitutional framework to address problems that are long overdue for resolution. The Iraqi government failed to meet the 2007 deadline for Kirkuk specified by Article 140, which includes full normalization and a referendum on unifying with the Kurdistan Regional Government. A six-month extension was granted to fulfill this constitutional obligation.
Speakers at the conference will discuss all dimensions of Article 140 and its implementation. The program for the event will be forthcoming.
Dr. Najmaldin Karim, President of WKI
Dr. Saman Shali, President of KNCNA
Prof. Brendan O’Leary, Director of the Penn Program
Date published: Monday, February 11, 2008
20th Annual Conference � May 10 & 11, 2008
"Democratic Resolutions to Kurdish Independence"
May 10 & 11, 2008
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington DC 20024

This is a special year for the KNC � the Kurdish National Congress of North America. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We should all be very proud for reaching this great milestone. During the span of these years, the KNC has successfully maintained its philosophy as an independent, democratic, grass-roots organization. Our funding and sustainability have always been from the members and supporters of the organization and we are very proud of that.

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