Erbil, 4 April 2007 (AKI) - The Kurdish Alliance has presented a proposal to the commission for constitutional amendments asking that Iraq's name be changed to "The Federal Republic of Iraq", Saadi al-Barzanji, a Kurdish MP and member of the constituent assembly, said in an interview. Speaking to the Kurdish language daily, Nawa, Barzanji outlined that among the other proposals of the Alliance are the "definition of Kurds as part of the Kurdish community and the Arabs as part of the Arab community."
He said they had also requested that "the Kurdistan region have its own representatives at the UN and other international bodies and the right to sign contracts and accords between Kurdistan and the other Iraqi provinces and other countries."
Nawa refers that "the Iraqi parliament has examined the question of creating a federal council in Iraq and the deputies have also discussed the competence and role of this council."
The Kurdish Alliance is not the only parliamentary group to appeal for constitutional changes, especially regarding article 140 which concerns the status of the disputed oil rich city of Kirkuk which the Kurds want to see included in their autonomous region