Wed, 09th Jul, 2008.
Iraqi Parliament will most likely reject a Baghdad-Washington security treaty, should it grant immunity to US troops, a top official says.
"I don't think the Iraqi government will agree on the issue of immunity that renders US troops completely outside Iraqi jurisdiction and law,” Deputy Speaker of Iraqi Parliament Khalid Al-Attiya said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.
Al-Attiya's remarks come as the immunity has always been a dividing issue between the Iraqi government and the White House.
The Iraqi official noted that according to Iraqi constitution, a two thirds majority support is required for any deal to be approved by the Parliament. He also added that the agreement needs the Parliament's approval before it is ratified.
The status of forces agreement (SOFA) allows private American companies and US forces to launch military operations in Iraq, while denying the Iraqi judiciary its rights to try them for the crimes they commit.
The immunity granted to the foreign security contractors became an important issue for Baghdad, when unprovoked 'Blackwater' guards went on a shooting spree last year and killed 17 innocent Iraqi civilians.
With the US presence in the oil-rich state, Iraqis look with suspicion towards the future of their country, demanding Maliki's government to prevent such incidents, and secure Iraq's sovereignty.
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