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    " The Dinar Daily " ....... 17 March, 2013

    Kurdish leadership renewed its call for the construction of the 'new Iraq' and lacks «wisdom» Talabani
    17-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Erbil: Shirzad Shaikhani

    I miss the KRG President Barzani, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani lying now in a German hospitals for treatment of stroke suffered late December (December) from last year, when he indicated in a speech yesterday at the ceremony the fifth anniversary of the twenty-tragedy of Halabja chemical to : «when we were exposed to the problems and crises, we turn to President Mam Jalal brings us together under a tent wisdom and initiates calming all parties reunification.
    And display Barzani in his speech on the federal government invitation to negotiate and dialogue to rebuild Iraq, and said: «From this platform in the city of Halabja Martyr announce our full readiness to negotiate and serious dialogue with Baghdad, and on the basis of national partnership and the political consensus and in accordance with the Constitution so that we can rebuild Iraq New, and without new Iraq that is governed by the Constitution and the principles will not accept any other alternative.

    The call comes amid growing political situation in Iraq after the emergence of Saddam Sunni-Shiite due to the government's attempt Federal repeating the same scenario former Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, has issued a decision arrest leader of a prominent Sunni راقع Issawi scenario is just like the scenario that has been adopted for the arrest of Vice President President Tareq al-Hashemi, who succeeded to resort to the Kurdistan region and take refuge under his leadership before it goes out political refugees to Turkey.

    The Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, president of the province may offer similar initiative during the sponsorship of the International Conference on the crimes of genocide in Kurdistan and held in Arbil yesterday. Where noted in his conference: «Unfortunately, the situation in Iraq is in crisis serious and comprehensive, not limited only to the differences between Baghdad and the region, but is the crisis pervaded all parts of Iraq, and the thing that must be said is that the Kurds have had a major role in building the new Iraq and provided sacrifices for it, and was the main base is that we are all Iraqis without variation, are partners in building the new Iraq. And put a constitution voted for him the majority of the Iraqi people, and it was a constitution Typically, despite some shortcomings, and this constitution select the rights and duties of all parties, and the main reason of the emergence of the current crisis taking place in Iraq is not bound by this Constitution, and that the implementation of the agreement Erbil and other agreements is the only way to overcome the crisis , and a road map out of them.

    Barzani reiterated his call for a national partnership and said: «For the people of Kurdistan, I can honestly say, our question is directed to our brothers in Iraq; Are We and allied partners together or not? If we are partners, then who gets to now is not a partnership, and if dependency, we will not accept dependency and guardianship of one. So we want a clear answer to this question, if the answer is yes, we will not accept covenants not work, we want to work, because we are tired and fed up with hearing promises without action. Otherwise Each one then realizes the road Cislleke »and seal Barzani said:« We want to resort all to the Constitution and resorting to coexistence and acceptance of others, and to build Iraq, which we for him blood and sacrifices, and all share in the construction of this democratic and federal Iraq in order to survive the Iraqi people of all these ordeals.

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    Iraqi National Security Maliki warns of a plan to storm the prime minister
    17-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - Basil Muhammad:

    I learned "politics" of the community informed the Iraqi government that the Syrian regime Show on Baghdad conduct joint sessions for monitoring and protecting the border, in the light of information transfer regime of Bashar al-Assad, suggesting that the coordination between the "Free Syrian Army" and between the battalions armed Sunni Anbar province, arrived dangerous levels of armament and smuggling fighters, what constitutes a serious threat to the security of the two governments in Iraq and Syria.
    In case of approval of the Baghdad government to organize joint patrols with Assad forces, the parties can conduct joint operations to destroy the Syrian and Iraqi opposition in the border region, reinforcing the Iraqi state intervention in support of the Syrian regime.
    A source high in Baghdad's "policy", said the security apparatus of the Iraqi National chaired Faleh al-Fayad View report serious security on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki the process of intrusion armed against the Ministry of Justice last Thursday, and the position of the armed forces in the ministries of interior and defense in case war broke out sectarianism because of the repercussions of the Syrian crisis, and escalating political dispute with the Sunnis in Anbar in particular.
    The report said that all the data and the circumstances that accompanied the storm and the Ministry of Justice by three gunmen bombers, indicating that the process was trained to carry out the largest and most dangerous may be the next time to storm the prime minister two-way, entrance of the Rashid Hotel and the entrance near the street and Ministry Foreign.
    The report pointed out that he found through some clues that the operation to storm the Ministry of Justice was designed to determine the size of the security forces on which al-Maliki in the surrounding area entrances prime minister, where is located the headquarters of Iraqi television semi-formal, and the Baghdad Provincial Council and the Iranian embassy and the road leading to the entrance of the Ministry of Defence .
    He pointed out that more than five car bombs and explosive devices has organized high in the point of intersection to the entrance of the prime minister and the Ministry of Justice in the garage Allawi Hilla in central Baghdad, is that these bombings were not effective the expected level, and thus was the goal of the bombing of these cars and containers, identification responses reaction forces present and potential to protect the area from any sites will emerge, and the storm the Ministry of Justice was by suicide bombers were satisfied blew the first floor and the assassination of the Guard, although the conditions were ready for occupation ministry building completely and hostage-taking and achieve far greater losses than what happened, indicating that the attack tactical.
    The report pointed Chancellery national security to the error which occurred by the security forces, they moved spontaneously excessive positions and knew herself and Routes in cases addressing attacks inside this vital region, must therefore Maliki to reinstate change plan military deployment in the area surrounding the premiership and numbers troops stationed and kinds and arming quickly, adding that an anticipated attack to storm the entrances area headquarters Maliki will blow a large number of containers and vehicles may numbering twenty car bomb and tons of explosive material, to provoke panic and kill very large numbers of people, followed by storm armed to the region either by car ambulance, which will be loaded with large numbers of militants or troops wearing army uniforms will come from outside the region has a population of more than a hundred armed.
    And on the sectarian war, the report warned that Iraqi military forces will face a split in its ranks in the event of this war broke out, and part of this war will fall between army units and within the camps, which will make this very expensive war and of the early days.
    The report noted that the army divisions, 12 of Kirkuk and 2 in Nineveh and 4 in salads and 7 in Anbar and 5 in Diyala, 6 and 9 in the capital Baghdad will be divided between supporters of the owners and a supporter of years, so the large numbers of heavy weapons will, however, forces that will announce their insurgency command which would be Baghdad area contest if signed sectarian war.
    The report advised al-Maliki to deploy troops loyal to him to take over the guarding of all heavy weapons stores and exclude Sunni leaders for the Air Force and helicopters, as a precautionary measure until the crossing of the current crisis with the Sunni cities and settlement and the end of the Syrian crisis.
    Kuwaiti newspaper

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    Saadi and protesters reject dialogue with government
    17-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - Hussein Ali Dawood

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Refused notables and activists in the anti-government demonstrations in Anbar province, the second round of negotiations between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a number of tribal leaders scheduled next Wednesday, and emphasized that the delegation did not represent the protesters in Ramadi and Fallujah.

    The consort position naysayers with the directives of their return, spiritual Sheikh Abdul Malik al-Saadi, who called elders to «not trot a mirage government laugh them and in fact, they did not implement them something tangible, and employed by machine media malleable even sign between them and their people struggling», called protesters to defend themselves if assaulted by security forces.

    Al-Sa'di said in a statement issued by his office last night, that «the government of Iraq is trying to weaken the courts sit in various ways have followed course temptation for a number of demonstrators and tribal leaders and dignitaries, Once formed a committee it called committee of wise men from people Nkerat in Iraqi society do not represent the protesters, and once sent to specific people from tribal or turbaned and she met and published through the media to drop them from the eyes of members of their tribes, and once sent men secretly names and recipes borrowed to religious symbols, national and افترت them even distort their reputations in front of their own people and against demonstrators ».

    He stressed that «not the right of any one to speak on behalf of the protestors, because the decision their hand first and foremost, urged« protestors to stability and sustain the claim of the legitimate rights and indifference to these lies that we have become accustomed to Iraqi politicians.

    He advised the government to «go back to their senses and come to terms with its own people, and leave this vile means that you want to weaken demonstrations and rhythm between the components of the Iraqi people and its symbols. He stressed that «protesters are staying and are firm on the right and will not fool them your actions that have become exposed for all to see.

    The new Saadi call «the protesters to hold a peaceful sit-in that does not allow for a that addresses the local police any harm to speak, which is not worthy demonstrators as long as the protect you did not implement the orders politicians assaulting you, the earned them or of the security forces any abuse directed guns to fight you When it becomes a self-defense of the legitimate duties.

    In another statement, he accused Saadi Director Intelligence Samir Haddad b «lying, through the promotion of news that he carried god proposal of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on resolving the issue of demonstrations», explained that he met Haddad to meet ordinary without prior knowledge of his position in the government.

    Al «life» from government sources that the delegation of tribal which included Prime Anbar tribes Rafie Fahdawi and Sheikh clans Dulaim Raad Al Sulaiman Maliki met last Wednesday to discuss the demands of the demonstrators, held a new round of talks with the prime minister next Wednesday amid objections tribal others in Anbar and Men religion.

    The sources added that «the tribal delegation that presented the initiative last week Maliki will brief on the results of his contacts Anbar elders and elders.

    Furthermore, spokesman for the coordinating committees in Ramadi happy Lafi in connection with the «life», that «the delegation of tribal which is negotiating with the government does not represent the vast majority of the protesters in the city», and added that «the sole representative of demonstrations are notables and tribal leaders in which they are a day in the yard sit.

    He added that «coordination committees studying the formation of committees to conduct negotiations with the government that provocative actions prevented a ground well and good intentions for dialogue», and stressed that «the security harassment continued and arrests hunting activists included accusing the elders and the elders of the city and politicians terrorism».

    Shaykh al-Dulaim tribes in Anbar Ali Salman failed talks between the delegation of tribal «utilitarian does not represent the real demonstrators, and pointed out that al-Maliki seeks to« split the people of Anbar and dignitaries through means of carrots.

    Salman said in connection with the Al-Hayat yesterday, said that «tribal sheikhs who are negotiating with al-Maliki blamed their personal demands, and explained that« shocked in a way that the government delegation in camouflage and ignore when you begin the process steps to implement any agreement. He added: «If the government is serious about meeting the demands of gave positive signals.

    On the other hand, research Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi with the former president of the Conference of the Iraqi Awakening, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha in Anbar province, the demands of the demonstrators in the city and the way the government with these demands.

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    Barzani calls for Baghdad to serious dialogue to resolve the crisis: will not accept an Iraq last
    17-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Erbil (PNA) - The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Barzani Naچervan, Saturday, Iraqi government to a serious dialogue to resolve the crisis between Erbil and Baghdad, and mortgage success to the commitment to the principles of the new Iraq, announced his rejection of any "another Iraq".

    Barzani said in a speech at the ceremony to revive twenty-fifth anniversary of the bombing of the town of Halabja with chemical weapons, held this morning, "We announce here from Halabja We are ready to serious dialogue with Baghdad to end all the problems and implement the principles on which it is building the new Iraq."

    Barzani added that "the Constitution gave us the right to an Iraq based on partnership and consensus and federal," stressing the "rejection of another Iraq is in the Constitution."

    Barzani and continued, "We in the Kurdistan Region us a message, a message of dialogue to address all the crises and we have recently made good progress in resolving problems with Baghdad," adding that "that was passed Moana significantly affected the course of these dialogues."

    He added that "determining the budget is directly linked with all our problems with Baghdad as the question salaries Alپeshmrگh and benefits and other oil companies", adding that "our positions are determined by the position of the general budget."

    The previous regime had attacked the town of Halabja in this day of 1988 with chemical weapons that killed more than five thousand people dead and more than 20 thousand injured and infected is still a lot of them suffer from physical and psychological effects.

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    Rafie al-Issawi calls to replace Maliki and warns against the use of security forces to liquidate opponents
    16-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Anbar / Baghdadiya News

    Warned outgoing Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi, Saturday, against the use of security forces to liquidate liabilities politicians opposed to the policy of al-Maliki, calling at the same time to replace al-Maliki personality able to manage the affairs of the country.

    Issawi said in a statement (Baghdadiya News) that "al-Maliki depends on the style of miscarriage politics by pushing the army in the liquidation of liabilities opponents of his policy, calling reliance on this approach that confuses the security situation in the country and prevent the doctrine of the Iraqi army to dependency of the parties participating in the political process rather of loyalty to the homeland and the people of all its components without bias to any party whatsoever. "

    He added that all politicians are required to change Maliki because he failed to run the country and contain the atmosphere convulsive witnessed by some Iraqi provinces, noting that the Iraqi army and the rest of the ill other security services are obliged not to implement agendas parties influential in the government and to ايكونوا ride, however, trying to liquidate liabilities politicians and targeting national symbols Garat terrorism and made great sacrifices for the sake of stability in the security situation in the country and take supervisors Iraqi security forces lessons from the Egyptian army, which has proved his loyalty to the people and the nation without prejudice to any party whatsoever, he said.

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    State law confirms collected more than 120 signatures to withdraw confidence from the Najafi
    16-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD - The Euphrates News

    Revealed a coalition of state law collected more than 120 signatures from members of the House of Representatives to withdraw confidence from the parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi.

    The MP said the state law Mahmoud Hassan told {Euphrates News} Saturday "We collected more than 120 signatures of deputies to replace House Speaker Osama Najafi, and we are continuing about it, and when we got to the required number will do the case."

    He said, "Najafi when he realized the gravity of the subject taking maneuvering and visited some members of the National Alliance."

    He added that "excludes sessions of the Council of Representatives in the coming period because Nujaifi fear that the majority of the issue to vote on his dismissal or replaced, as happened in the case of the federal financial budget for the current year and how it had passed without consensus majority and it succeeded."

    Observers confirm that the forces and the political blocs and leaders are still practicing the style of the threat to withdraw confidence and fire in an effort to put pressure on each other, forgetting the people and the citizen who Anatkth these intersections political and persistent differences without solutions.

    And stand some of them calls the coalition in Iraq to withdraw confidence from the Prime Minister Nouria al-Maliki for these calls and claims the need to replace House Speaker Osama Najafi, who is from the Iraqi List.

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    Iraqi launches thrice Najafi and describes his approach hardline بالطائفي and calls for an end to his destructive
    17-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD / new evidence
    Warned the Iraqi List, which it described as sectarian approach to Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi farewell to monitor and stop this approach. Said List MP Ahmed al-Jubouri in a press statement:
    The Najafi moved away from the national project for the Iraqi list, which was the cause of his arrival at the presidency of the Council, but he abandoned his positions and his and pursued behavior sectarian abandoned by owners no longer hello in circles Iraq. And continued: «the national forces in the Parliament must monitor the actions of Najafi He stopped his approach sectarian, who will lead the country into the horrors of destruction and conflicts if the continued. between, that «the national forces in the parliament is determined to promote the project of the National Iraqi list away from the approach of sectarian and themes that shape the speaker and the formation of current national takes it upon himself to restore life to parliament and work to resolve outstanding issues in the House of Representatives through the consolidation of the national discourse and dialogue and stated by MP Haider Mulla best proof of that.

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    MP: some blocs cannot be ignored in pass laws under the pretext of the parliamentary majority.
    17/03/2013 08:11:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Iraqiya coalition, Wahda al-Jumaili criticized some calls to pass important laws by parliamentary majority.

    Jumaili said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /:" There are voices seem louder after passing the federal budget see the possibility of passing laws that require national consensus by parliamentary majority without the need for some important components. "

    She explained that some of the political blocs cannot be ignored in passing the laws that need agree on the pretext of the parliamentary majority, noting that if we want to build a state of institutions correctly, it is not possible to pass laws that need a national consensus in this way and ignore some of the blocs under the pretext of the parliamentary majority. "

    It is mentioned that the House of Representatives had voted on the state budget for the current year on 7, March by the political majority and in the presence of 168 MPs, but in the absence of the MPs of the Kurdish coalition blocs and many of Iraqiya MPs


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    Dawa Islamic Party re-elects Maliki its Secretary General
    16/03/2013 20:55:00

    Baghdad (NINA) – The Dawa Islamic Party re-elected Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki its Secretary General.

    A statement issued on Saturday, March 16, by the Dawa Islamic Party pointed out that at the end of its conference today it unanimously elected al-Maliki its Secretary General.

    On 2006 the Dawa Islamic Party elected al-Maliki for the first time its Secretary General succeeding Ibrahim al-Jafari, and it renewed his election on 15 August 2009.


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    Kurds Will Pull out of Iraqi Government if Budget Issue Unresolved, Deputy PM Warns
    by RUDAW 15/3/2013

    Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways. Photo: Rudaw

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – With tensions between Erbil and Baghdad nearing a boil over the central government’s forceful passing of this year’s budget without paying heed to demands by the autonomous Kurdistan Region, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways told Rudaw that this may have serious consequences. Himself an ethnic Kurd, Shaways said that the Kurdistan Region “will not be part of a bad government.” He warned that the Kurdish bloc in the coalition government would pull out if the budget issue is not resolved, noting that the balance of power in Iraq had shifted against the Kurds since the US withdrawal in December 2011. Here is his interview:

    Rudaw: It is said that the Kurds have lost their leverage in Baghdad, is this true?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: The Kurds have not lost leverage in Baghdad. Kurds still have their strong position, but the current balance of power in Iraq is not like the balance of power back in 2003. Year after year this balance of power shifts, and one can say not in favor of the Kurds.

    One of the major actors, that was keeping the balance of power stable, was a third party. This third party was acting as a referee and they were listened to by the Shiites. It has been three years that this power-balancer has left Iraq. This third party was America. After the withdrawal of the Americans the formula changed, and the balance of power changed too.

    Kurds still have their strong position, but the current balance of power in Iraq is not like the balance of power back in 2003.

    Rudaw: Do the Kurds still play an influential role in Baghdad?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: The Kurds have always had an influential role. The Kurdish politicians in Baghdad are supported by a region; they have a lively nation backing them. The Kurds have a long experience and history. Throughout Iraqi history the Kurds have had their role and have attempted to solve issues in Iraq. However, if by influential you mean that the Kurds are drafting Iraqi policies, then, no, that is not happening.

    Rudaw: The Kurds failed to secure their share in the budget. If the Kurds have always had an influential role, why did this happen?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: In the budget it is always written that the Kurdistan region has 17 percent share of the Iraqi budget. However, this number is played with and there are attempts to reduce it. The attempts have not been successful. However, the Kurds want to have their share of the budget fixed, and eliminate possibilities for changing the share. The necessary changes have not been made. What we see today is not a fight over the budget; this is about unilateral decision making by a certain political party and ignoring Kurdish opinions. This is a dangerous start. This demand was a demand of a nation. All the Kurdish representatives in the parliament disagreed with passing the budget law in its current condition. All the representatives boycotted the parliament sessions. This is not a good thing. Iraq is marching towards authoritarianism.

    Rudaw: There were concerns that the Kurdish delegation in Baghdad did not have decision-making powers, that is why they did not reach any conclusion in Baghdad. Is this true?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: No, it is not true. When the Kurds send a delegation to Baghdad, the delegation will be authorized with all kinds of power, and they will have backing.

    Rudaw: You are the Iraqi deputy prime minister, Hoshiyar Zebari , another Kurd, is the foreign minister, and there are a number of other Kurdish ministers. However, the budget law was passed in the Council of Ministers with your approval. Now you are complaining about the budget law. Why did you not make these demands in the Council of Ministers?

    All the Shiite parties have had their part in the attempts to reduce Kurdish share in the budget.

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: The budget law was not passed in the Council of Ministers with our approval. Neither I nor Mr. Zebari signed the budget law. The day the budget was passed in Baghdad neither one of us was in Baghdad. Later, we raised our voices and said we will not accept this budget law. We even fought over it. Later, I engaged in a quarrel with (Iraqi prime minister) Nuri al-Maliki and Hussein Shahristani (the deputy prime minister for energy affairs) over other issues like Kurdistan authorities, budget, and other demands.

    Often, when we (Kurdish ministers) are not in the council of ministers, they take the chance to pass the laws. However, the Shiites are supposed to be allies with the Kurds. Therefore, they should not be doing that.

    Rudaw: It is said that Shahristani is behind the attempts to reduce Kurdistan’s share of the budget and to reduce Kurdistan’s powers. Is this true?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: I do not think Shahristani is alone in this. Maliki plays an equal role. Maliki’s party plays a major role in attempts to reduce Kurdistan’s share. All the Shiite parties have had their part in the attempts to reduce Kurdish share in the budget.

    Rudaw: After passing the budget, the Kurdish president held an urgent meeting with the Kurdish ministers and MPs in Baghdad. What was that meeting for?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: It is true we had an urgent meeting. That was because the budget was passed and that was a dangerous act. The Shiites were considered our allies until now, but they turned away from us in the budget case. The Kurds have to set a limit for the situation, otherwise it will worsen. Therefore, the meeting with (the Kurdistan Region’s) President Massoud Barzani was very important. In the meeting, a decision was made to recall Kurdish ministers and MPs from Baghdad. We need to assess Maliki’s decisions and reach a clear conclusion on that, otherwise even worse decisions and acts will follow.

    We need to assess Maliki’s decisions and reach a clear conclusion on that, otherwise even worse decisions and acts will follow.

    Rudaw: What if Baghdad continues to ignore Kurdish demands?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Then the Kurds will be free to make their own decision. We will make a decision in our interest. We will make the right decision at that time.

    Rudaw: What is the right decision?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Well, now we are all in the Kurdistan Region and we will not return to Baghdad anytime soon in order to discuss what should be the right decision.

    Rudaw: When will you return to Baghdad?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: We will not return to Baghdad until we reach a decision on the issue. The Kurdistani political parties will be discussing the issue for a while.

    Rudaw: Is there any suggestion for the Kurdish ministers to withdraw from the Iraqi government?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Yes, if this situation continues and Kurdish rights are not respected, then we will not be a part of a bad government. No Kurdish minister will stay in Baghdad.

    Rudaw: Is it true that you and Maliki got into a fist fight in one of the meetings?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: No fist fight - but we got into a fight over the issues of oil, budget and the Kurdistan Region’s authorities.

    Rudaw: Why are the Kurds not united in Baghdad? It is said that Baghdad does what it does because the Kurds are not united!

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Fortunately, the Kurdish representatives in the Iraqi parliament are all united. In the past two or three years, this is the first time that the Kurdish representatives are this united. If you remember, before the hospitalization of Jalal Talabani (the Iraqi president) there were some differences between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), but now both parties are in absolute agreement. This unity is strength and we have to preserve it. We have to do all it takes (even in Kurdistan) to protect this unity. Our strength is in our unity. That is the only way to exercise influence on the Shiites and Sunnis.

    Fortunately, the Kurdish representatives in the Iraqi parliament are all united.

    Rudaw: The Dijla Operation Forces (DOF) still remain in their previous stations. There are talks about DOF receiving helicopters. How long will these forces remain at their current location?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Iraq does not have fighter jets. The helicopters do not carry heavy weapons. They are also not armored, as they are old models. The Iraqi weaponry is not that effective. Their weapons do not match their shiny words about their weapons. Maliki has made some advances in the area under the pretext of changing the security situation in Kirkuk. This area is disputed. Until these disputes are resolved, no one can rule the city. Any ruling has to be joint. Maliki wants to play the main role in the city’s security. This is where the problems start. Kurds do not accept this. There must be joint forces in Kirkuk.

    Rudaw: What is the effect of Talabani’s absence on Baghdad?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Talabani’s absence has a major effect on Baghdad. Unfortunately, his sickness happened at a very unsuitable time. If one is to speak frankly, I believe Talabani’s absence has permitted Maliki to create the current situation. Talabani has one deputy, who works in Talabani’s place now, and he is from Maliki’s party. So Talabani’s hospitalization has been in favor of Maliki.

    Rudaw: Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) prime minister was to visit Baghdad. When will this visit take place?

    Talabani’s hospitalization has been in favor of Maliki.

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Barzani was supposed to visit Baghdad last Tuesday or Wednesday. However, because all of the budget issues were tied to oil, he did not think it was a good idea to visit Baghdad at that time. Now, the time is not suitable for him to visit Baghdad.

    Rudaw: Maliki asks for amending the Iraqi constitution. What does he want to change in the constitution?

    Dr. Roj Nuri Shaways: Maliki wants to amend the constitution in order to have all oil issues placed under his authority. He wants to place all authority in his own hand. He wants to be able to mobilize the army at his own discretion. The Kurds refuse this.


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