KIRKUK, Iraq, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Kurdish lawmakers have rejected a provision submitted by the Sunni Accordance Front to invite foreign officials to negotiate over the status of Kirkuk city.
Accordance Front chief Ayad al-Samarrai proposed inviting the United Nations and representatives from the international community to enter talks on the status of the oil-rich city, the Iranian Press TV said Thursday, citing local Iraqi reports.
The Sunni proposal said Iraqi lawmakers were not considering the interests of the people of Kirkuk while negotiating the provision.
This "proposal calls on delegates from the U.N. and some foreign countries to be involved in talks to solve the dispute over Kirkuk," a statement from the Accordance Front said.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan rejected the proposal, however, saying it was a matter for the Kurdish people to settle.
Kurdish authorities have shunned several proposals for Kirkuk, including one that divides authority among the four main ethnic groups there.
An Iraqi constitutional provision, Article 140, calls for the reversal of policies enacted by Saddam Hussein that forcibly displaced the Kurdish population from the region.