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    " The Dinar Daily " .... Thursday, 14 February 2013

    Maliki keeps his mandate until the year 2014

    Agreement between Baghdad and Erbil .. Maliki keeps his mandate until the year 2014

    Author: the future of Iraq

    14/02/2013 12:00 am

    The future of Iraq / special

    delegation representing agreed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki with the top leadership of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, not to replace al-Maliki or withdrawal of confidence with him until the end of his second term in 2014.

    This delegation, which paid a visit to Kurdistan's capital Arbil included former Maliki's office manager Tarek Najm and the current Director of the Office of Hamid al-Musawi, leader of the Dawa Party, Jamal Jaafar Mohammed, nicknamed "Abu Mahdi Mohandes" and Iraqi political and media Mustafa Kazimi.

    According to a source close to the Kurdistan Democratic Party, this is not the State of Law Coalition delegation but represents Maliki himself, has met with leaders of prominent Kurdish party did not disclose their names and party titles.

    The source's "Future of Iraq" that the parties had agreed that there is no alternative to the owners until 2014, compared with the obligations of the federal government with the support resolving the outstanding issues in accordance with the Convention on Arbil first under which the formation of the current government.

    With this agreement, the Front to withdraw confidence from the Maliki or pressure on the National Alliance to find a replacement, which was Barzani and Allawi's most prominent leaders, has disintegrated.


    Perhaps Allawi's recent visit to Arbil, which coincided with the visit of the Iranian ambassador Hassan Danaii fled to Sulaimaniyah, came out feeling Allawi existence moves to reach a formula such an agreement, and he went to make sure how realistic it is.


    The source said that of the other issues that have been agreed upon is not a waiver of the region from its share of the federal budget amounted to 17%.

    He noted that the Convention on Arbil adopted reference political resolve the conflict and begin dialogue destruction that leads to resolving all issues related to state administration, particularly the balance and the issue of the Tigris and the payment of oil companies operating in the region by the federal government, that does not resort Kurdish party to export oil without the knowledge of the center.

    The source added that it was stressed during the meeting the need for continued Shiite alliance Kurdish because this alliance is embolden state and protects Iraq from all attempts division, and agreed not to give a chance or to make way for the forces of anti-owners of fishing in troubled waters and investment dispute between Baghdad and Erbil, and Do not use the territory of the base region of the opposing political forces in order to disturb the relationship between the federal government and between the region and refused mediation side and problem-solving between the parties directly improve the atmosphere gradually.

    The source added that what contributed to creating an atmosphere that delegation meeting the Iranian ambassador's visit to each of Arbil, Sulaymaniyah and sophisticated investment relations between Barzani and Iranian relations.

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    Kurdish leader: reference pressure Maliki's Shiite paid to make concessions to the Kurds

    14/02/2013 | (Voice of Iraq) - Add a comment -

    Erbil: Shirzad Shaikhani
    seems that the noose began tightening Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in his showdown with the leadership of the Kurdistan region after the statement of religious reference in Najaf for its stance on the political crisis in Iraq and its insistence, according to Kurdish leader, on the «do not waste alliance Kurdish Shiite» Add to Rogge in the days recent change policy of the National Alliance of the overall crisis, especially the part concerning the relationship with the Kurds, and the issuance of hints from the reference potential replacement another leader of the National Alliance Maliki.

    According Kurdish leader pushed pressure reference Maliki to review accounts and make some concessions to the leadership of the Kurdish aim satisfy and get things back to previous nature.

    And revealed the leadership that al-Maliki began this «concessions» presentations for Kurdistan cancel Operations Command Tigris and re Kirkuk airport military to the administration of the province to transform it into a civilian airport, and the last concessions were agreed to re-open representation Kurdistan Regional Government in Baghdad after being closed during the crisis has worsened between him and Kurdish leadership.

    The leader of the Kurdish who asked not to be named, told «Middle East» that reference Najaf «now feel the danger alienate alliance Kurdish Shiite on the future of governance in Iraq run by Shiites now, with the advent of protests and Sunni threat transported to the capital has become the reference convinced seriousness of the situation, so Khairat Maliki between the political reforms required and work to normalize relations and alliance with the Kurds, or to submit his resignation to nominate another leader of its mass or from the National Alliance to replace him.

    According to the source put the name of the leader of the coalition of state law Tarek Najm to be prime minister, succeeding owners.

    The Kurdish source pointed to «make a bookmark and Massoud Barzani does not oppose this nominee to replace Maliki.

    He said: «The al-Maliki was at the top of the threads that discuss them Shiite delegation, which held secret talks with the leadership of the Kurdistan recently. But Adnan al-Mufti politburo member of the Patriotic Union, led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in a statement «Middle East» after leaving a meeting with Barzani Kurdish parties yesterday «that the meeting held between the delegation who represented the Shiite alliance and the Kurdish leadership devoted to discuss the political crisis and how consensus on exit, and as far as I know there has been no agreement on a replacement for the owners.

    He added: «at a meeting today (yesterday) dealt to the overall issues related to the political crisis, where values ​​meeting contacts made ​​recently between the leadership of the region and the Iraqi parties, including the delegation Shiite leaders (Iraqi) positively, on the whole, there is today a positive atmosphere for the resumption of dialogue in order to reach understandings and solutions out of the crisis, but the dialogue should not be the way the former, ie, between the Government of the Territory and the Federal Government exclusively, but must expand its framework to include all political parties ».

    Barzani had presided over a meeting yesterday of the leaders of the Kurdish parties to consult with them about the response that arrived from Shiite National Alliance on a previous message of Kurdish parties and reach an agreement with them on a unified position on that response ..

    MDC boycotted and the Islamic group meeting. Middle East

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    " The Dinar Daily " ....... Thursday, 14 February 2013



    Barzani discusses with US Ambassador in Iraq the political situations.

    14/02/2013 08:42:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Kurdistan leader, Massoud Barzani discussed with Stephen Beecroft, U.S. Ambassador in Iraq, the political situation and the path of the democratic process and the work of the House of Representatives in Iraq and highlighted on the efforts to calm tensions among the political parties, expressing their support to any effort to address the problems and complications.

    The Web-site of the presidency of the Kurdistan region said that "Barzani met Beecroft, who talked about the importance of the meetings that Barzani held Iraqi political parties in order to find a national understanding and urge those parties to adopt the language of dialogue, stressing that Barzani has credibility and influential prestige able him to gather all parties by launching a new initiative based on the Constitution and the agreements and develop a program and a mechanism to implement these agreements will be satisfied everyone and come out of the difficult crisis.

    For his part, Barzani confirmed that the Kurds, always, support addressing the problems by peaceful means and believe that all problems and disputes can be solved by adopting method of dialogue and follow the constitutional mechanisms and implement the agreements.

    He explained that "the current status does not bear more crises and complications, and he will continue his efforts to calm the situation and collect all the parties to reach a comprehensive agreement ending the tensions in the country.

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    Sheikh Yagoubi criticizes some politicians' behavior to fuel sectarian conflict among Iraqis.

    14/02/2013 09:23:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The religious authority, Sheikh Mohammed al-Yagoubi criticized behavior performed by some of the politicians that fuel the sectarian conflict among the sons of the country for electoral purposes, warning of making peoples fuel for political polemics and freaks. "

    Al-Yagoubi said in a press statement today 14, Feb: "One of the toughest problems facing the new Iraq is the weakness of the spirit of citizenship and weakness of the sense of belonging to this country"

    He called "intellectuals and opinion-makers to work hard to spread the spirit of citizenship and foster a culture of responsibility in society."

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    Hakim, Jaafary review steps on way of resolving current crisis

    Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:20 | | |

    Baghdad (AIN) -The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, discussed with the head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafary the current tensions in Iraq and the steps taken on way of resolving the current crisis.

    A statement by the INA cited "Jaafary heading a delegation from the Reform Trend's leading figures visited on last Wednesday Hakim where they discussed the dialogue being conducted to address the current political crisis and meet the demands of the demonstrations."

    "The two sides stressed the need to keep the INA's role active in resolving the problems that face the political process as the Alliance is considered the largest parliamentary bloc, they also emphasized on preserving the coordination between the legislative and executive authorities," the statement added.

    "Jaafary called all to work together to meet the legitimate among the demonstrators' demands," it pointed out.

    "For his part, Hakim praised the way the demonstrators of the western provinces released their demands where they kept on the demonstrations peaceful," the statement concluded.

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    Breaking News--Salman Al-Jumaili: 19 MPs, in addition to Mufti of Iraq, are banned to enter or get out of Baghdad.
    14/02/2013 09:45:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, Salman al-Jumaili, the head of the Iraqiya parliamentary bloc, said that the government banned 19 members of the Iraqiya coalition to enter Baghdad or out of it.

    Al-Jumaily said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that he could not get out of Baghdad to Anbar, and he saw, in one of the checkpoints, a list of 19 MPs, in addition to Sheikh Rafie al-Rifai the Mufti of Iraq, barred from entering Baghdad, or leaving it for those who are inside it.

    Jumaili did not mention the names of those members, promising to hold a news conference today on this subject.


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    For First Time since Boycott, Gorran Chief Meets with Disgruntled Party Officials
    14/02/2013 05:40:00RUDAW

    Leader of the Change Movement (Gorran) Nawshirwan Mustafa. Photo: AP

    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The head of the Kurdistan Region’s Change Movement (Gorran) met with two top party officials, their first meeting since the pair withdrew from the young opposition party and plunged it into its worst crisis over the formation of a National Assembly.

    Qadir Ali, Salar Aziz and one more senior party official began boycotting meetings more than two months ago, accusing Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa of unilaterally establishing a National Assembly, to which they were not elected.

    Mustafa met separately with Ali and Aziz at their homes on Saturday, their first talks since the boycott plunged the party into its worst crisis since its foundation in 2009.

    “It is true that Nawshirwan visited me, but it was only a friendly visit,” said Aziz.

    The three officials had demanded the dissolution of the National Assembly as a condition for ending their boycott, but a source close to them said that their new position is that they will not return even if that earlier condition is met.

    Mohammed Tawfiq, head of Gorran’s public relations, said that the assembly would not be dissolved.

    Senior party members believe that the return of the angry officials is only a question of time.


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    Advisors to Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Include Wife, Brother and Relatives, Sources Say
    14/02/2013 05:28:00RUDAW

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Since Arsalan Baeez became speaker of the Kurdistan Region’s parliament about a year ago he has doubled the number of advisors, most of whom are his relatives and some only possess high school degrees, a senior source said.

    “Since Arasaln Baeez took over the presidency of the parliament, the number of advisors increased from 20 to 41,” and include his wife, who was appointed legal assistant, and his brother Hessen Sura, who is the deputy, said a senior source at the speaker’s office.

    “Some of the newly-appointed advisors only posses high school degrees,” he added, on condition of anonymity.

    “The parliament speaker has more than 40 advisors and none of them is appointed to work with committees,” Aram Qadir, the head of the Islamic Group Fraction in parliament, told Rudaw.

    “The Kurdistan Region has more than 8,000 advisors and experts,” he added.

    Qadir also suggested that new regulations should limit the speaker’s power to appoint advisors.

    In defense of his action, Baeez told Rudaw, “the focus is only on advisors appointed during my tenure, but no one talks about advisors appointed before my tenure.”

    Another senior official at the speaker’s office said that, “The majority of advisors are paid without coming to work, and some live abroad.”


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    Can Syria’s Kurds Protect Their Oil Fields?
    14/02/2013 06:20:00By HEMIN KHOSHNAW

    ERBIL Kurdistan Region – Can Syria’s Kurds use the oil reserves in their territories as leverage to strengthen their position after the fall of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime?

    Most of the oil-rich places in Syria, including the Rumilan fields, are located in the Kurdish territories, and some people believe that the fields should be protected at all cost as an important insurance for the Kurds in the future.

    Located in Syrian Kurdistan, Rumilan produces 270,000 barrels of oil a day, more than half of Syria’s total crude output. Syria’s daily production of 385,000 barrels goes not figure on the global energy map, but its total reserves of 2.5 million barrels are still reportedly 2 percent of the world’s reserves.

    Even though most of Syria’s oil lies in Kurdish territories, no oil refineries have been built there: The crude from Rumilan is piped to refineries in Humos and Banyas.

    “President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has oppressed the Kurds politically as well as economically,” said Abdulhakim Bashar, secretary-general of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria. “The natural resources are being transferred to other Arab cities for refining.”

    The oil fields discovered in Kurdish territories during the 1960s led to major demographic changes in Syrian Kurdistan.

    “If it was not for the natural resources, the current boundaries would have been a lot different today.” said oil expert Rebwar Khinsy. “The Kurdish residents around the oil-rich fields were forced to leave and replaced by Arabs, so it remains to be seen whether the fate of Rumilan will turn out like the disputed oil-rich city Kirkuk in northern Iraq after Assad’s fall,” he said.

    Bashar said that, “Rumilan has always been part of Kurdistan and it will not become Kirkuk. There may be a couple of oil fields outside Rumilan where both Kurds and Arabs live. Other than those, the rest of the Rumilan oil fields are in the heart of Kurdish territories.”

    Syria’s infrastructure has been badly hurt by the conflict between the regime and opposition forces, which began nearly two years ago. Some believe it could take at least 10 years to rebuild the country, but add that the infrastructure in the country’s Kurdish regions is still relatively good and was not badly affected by the war.

    Salih Muslim, co-leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party of Syria (PYD), told Rudaw that, “The Kurds support the fall of the regime, but they don’t want to see the whole country go down. That’s why they will protect the Rumilan oil fields.”

    Abdulmajid Tamir, a member of the Kurdish Youth movement in Syria, believes, “The Kurds must do everything they can to prevent the Rumilan oil fields from being set on fire.”

    He said that the regime might hold its position for several years and the Syrian Kurdistan might stay independent during this time, so it is important for the Kurds to take advantage of this and make preparations to operate Rumilan, as everything is still in place, except for oil refineries.

    “The attempts by the Islamic radical groups to control Serekaniye (Ras al-Ain) is mostly for Rumilan,”

    said Razwan Badini, a university professor. “They try to infiltrate the Kurdish territories through a multi-ethnic place like Serekaniye and finally control a strategic location like Rumilan,” he said.


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    Iranian versus American Diplomacy in Iraq
    14/02/2013 05:48:00By DAVID ROMANO

    Recently a delegation from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) went to Teheran to speak with leaders there. From what we know of the meeting, it included a warning from Qasem Soleimani, head of the al-Qods Revolutionary Guard force. Soleimani told the PUK that Iraqi Kurds must maintain good relations with Shiite parties in Iraq, not get too close to Turkey and refrain from any secessionist bid towards independent Kurdish statehood. In other words, the Iranians laid down some red lines that the Iraqi Kurds may only cross at their own peril. Although delivered diplomatically, the implicit threat seems crystal clear.

    One should expect nothing less from the Iranians. Like anyone else, their foreign policy aims to preserve and promote their interests, and their diplomacy combines carrots and sticks. They feel that a complete breakdown in Erbil-Baghdad relations, the undermining of Maliki’s regime, closer Iraqi Kurdish alignment with Turkey or too many Kurdish gains would harm the Iranian state’s interests, and therefore they do what they can to prevent such developments.

    The Iranians are also extremely good diplomats and tacticians. Although many of us may not like their regime or their goals, I don’t know of any serious analyst who does not respect the Iranian government’s strategic cunning and diplomatic guile. The Iranians have managed to maintain relations with and considerable influence over most significant actors in Iraq, from Shiite parties and the Kurds to many Sunni and secular groups. In the countries that neighbour Iran, their intelligence services are probably second to none. So when the commander of the al-Quds Force speaks, wise people listen (it takes even wiser people to know when to obey and when to go their own way, of course).

    If only the Americans were as determined and as adept in manipulating the Iraqi environment. Despite all the resources they brought to bear in Iraq, it seems as if the Americans still don’t know how to use sticks or carrots there, much less who to use them on. The Americans blithely allow Mr. Maliki to seriously damage their interests without consequences. Maliki gets to play at being a Shiite who pleases Iran and helps it funnel aid to the Assad regime, a friend of the United States and Russia who buys weapons from both, an Arab nationalist who confronts the Kurds and a democratically elected autocrat who shuts the Sunnis out of power and issues arrests warrants for their leaders – all at the same time.

    The United States could threaten to expose Mr. Maliki’s connivance in propping up the Assad regime, which would seriously tarnish his image amongst most Arabs. They could also withhold the considerable support they still provide him and threaten to offer it to competing Shiites, secular groups, the Kurds and the Sunni Arab parties instead. Rather than allowing him to renege on his promises relating to Article 140 and the disputed territories (promises the United States also made several years ago, in order to get Kurdish cooperation on a number of issues), they could actually side with the Kurds on the issue.

    Unfortunately, many of us began wondering some time ago if the Obama administration actually understands the concept of rewarding cooperation and punishing those who act against American interests. If they can’t get this part right, perhaps the celebrated diplomatic skills of Mr. Obama and his team were overrated. Good diplomacy is about getting what your country wants and needs rather than just making more people like you. Perhaps this is why Iranian leaders don’t seem to always care whether or not people like them, so long as no one doubts their willingness to help friends and punish enemies.

    * David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since August 2010. He is the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (2006, Cambridge University Press).


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