Kurdish message on the road to Baghdad .. And close to Maliki accused Barzani 'blackmail'
03-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
While stressing Kurdish leader that «Kurdistan Alliance» is now a double message, include Kurdish demands that pulled the Kurds because of its verification of the government and parliament, addressed to «National Alliance» Shiite and to the Federal Government - ruled out a leadership coalition of state law, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki , the possibility of «undergo what he called« Kurdish extortion after today.
A member of the Iraqi parliament «Kurdistan Alliance» Hassan Jihad, told the «Middle East», that «the withdrawal of the federal parliament and county government meetings were not the result, but are the reason we would not have demanded to achieve by not achieved anything from him, whether These demands parliamentary or at the level of the relationship between the center and the region ». Jihad said that «the difference this time, it will not just be the province of the withdrawal, but will have negative repercussions on the continuation of the concept of national partnership.
And resumed Iraqi parliament sessions full quorum absence bloc «Kurdistan Alliance» with no county block «change» Kurdish, as the return of ministers Sadrists to government meetings weakened to a large extent the position of «Iraqi List» which returned four of its ministers with Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq , and the position of the bloc «Kurdistan Alliance. An official source in the Iraqi government, asking not to be named, said that «Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will not now take any decision on the Minister Kurds boycotters A decision taken against ministers of the (Iraqi) by granting them leave compulsory or warning minister Sadrists this with them specific deadline» , saying that «the Kurds are still in the consultation phase with each other with the continuation of the province, but the province is conditional, and that this matter goes beyond legal frameworks to what is political.
But MP for the coalition of state law Izzat Shabandar is a close associate of al-Maliki, said in a statement «Middle East» that «Baghdad this time is different from every time, as they are no longer willing to continue extortion Kurdish which became known, and therefore respond to any request will will not exceed the ceiling of the Constitution. Shabandar said that «the Kurdish question must be resolved and no longer a viable subject for bargaining or procrastination, pointing out that« some of the demands of the Kurds and clear and declared, and the other part did not declare, but clearly for us. The Shabandar that «the straw that broke the camel's back and led to the withdrawal and the province are the results of democracy, as it has not been voted on something for the benefit of our brothers the Kurds, they Azaalon or withdraw, as happened when voting on the budget», wondered about the «feasibility presence and their participation is not respected results of democracy, which is the process of voting on any bill is the most sacred thing in this aspect.
He Shabandar, saying that «there is a very important issue is that the withdrawal coincided with a referendum in Kurdistan on the right to self-determination within the framework of this voluntary partnership between Kurds and Arabs in Iraq, noting that this partnership has always threatened to secede unilaterally. Shabandar described the partnership as' temporary partnership, purpose complete what may be supplemented by elements of the Declaration of the State of Kurdistan. Asked whether there was a timeframe for that, Shabandar said: «Kurds is impossible for secession, but they are faced with two choices, either to stay within the framework of partnership with Iraq or enrollment in Turkey, where the implications of what is happening in the region began to affect in this direction, although Massoud Barzani now has chosen alternative for the Kurdish people, a partnership with Turkey as an alternative for the Arabs of Iraq.
For his part, considered head of the Assyrian Christian bloc in the Iraqi parliament, Kanna, that «things could be a candidate for calm during the coming period, because the Kurdish demands are almost clear, and the brothers of the Kurds themselves say they do not want to jump above the Constitution. He added we should «Back section of the (Iraqi) to the government and the Sadrists, could lead to resolving the direction of the return of Kurds, as the message that will be raised by the evidence of good intentions», calling «(National Alliance) to take the appropriate position toward strengthening the concept of partnership.
Jaafary receives message from Sadr urges for consolidating unity
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:26 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibraheem al-Jaafary, received a message from the head of Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr, in which the latter stressed the necessity of consolidating unity among all sides to confront the terrorist challenges and corruption as well as to upgrade services.
A statement by Jaafary’s office received by AIN “Jaafary received the message through a delegation of Ahrar bloc on last Tuesday evening.”
“Sadr emphasized in his message the role of INA in sustaining unity among all political sides,” the statement added.
“Jaafary congratulated the Ministers of Sadr Trend for their return to the Council of Ministers, wishing them to double their efforts to strengthen the Government and to improve the services presented to the citizens,” the statement concluded.
Demonstrators’ demands to be settled soon, says Alewi
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:19 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Kareem Alewi, of the Iraqi National Alliance pointed out “The Government is serious in responding to the demonstrators’ legitimate and constitutional demands soon to end to serve the Iraqis.”
He stated to AIN “The Government has true intention to settle this issue soon.”
“The continuation of the demonstrations is against the interests of the country especially if know that some foreign sectarian sides infiltrated among the demonstrators to implement foreign agendas,” he concluded.
Bayati: the government did not refuse to give dues of the oil companies in Kurdistan but wanted financial audit by control body.
Baghdad / NINA /-- MP ,Abbas al-Bayati for the State of Law coalition,said in a statement to NINA today that the central government did not refuse to give dues of the oil companies operating in Kurdistan, but wanted financial audit by control body . before the payment . noting that , Kurdistan region's authorities insisted on receiving dues and then embarking to audited.
He noted: "The suspension of Ministers and deputiies of Kurdistan Alliance to attend the Cabinet and the Parliament sessions will not hurt the government, especially after the return of the Sadrists.
It is noteworthy to mention in this context that the deputies and ministers for the Kurdistan Alliance have suspended attending sessions of the House of Representatives and the Council of Ministers in protest against passing the financial budget for the current year without setting forth a paragraph concerning allocating to Kurdistan province dues of the oil companies operating in.
*** IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE SADRIST GOT WHAT THEY BARGAINED FOR FROM MALIKI IN ENDING IT'S BOYCOTT OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ***
Iraqi Kurdistan: We have the owners system that defines the powers, but insists on its own version
03-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Mohammad Sabah
Criticized the Iraqi List and the Kurdistan Alliance, on Tuesday, to discuss the Council of Ministers its rules of procedure in the absence and their ministers, at the time confirmed the two lists they had previously submitted a draft integrated specify the nature of the relationship within the Council of Ministers and define the powers of the President and Cabinet, but accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of trying to impose its own version that keep the powers grip and his ministers.
Iraq confirmed that they want to limit the powers of the Prime Minister and his deputies, and the abolition of compulsory licenses for ministers retreating, and claim the prime minister to complete his booth before the holding of the first ministerial meeting.
Kurdistan in turn stressed the need to be Cabinet decisions by consensus, and that is the government resigned if they withdrew 51% of its ministers.
The Sadrist ministers announced, on Monday evening, ending their boycott of the meetings of the Council of Ministers after the approval of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss the government's rules of procedure in Tuesday's session.
But the cabinet statement did not refer to the discussion of the rules of procedure, and the statement was limited to "the adoption of the Implementing Regulations of the federal budget for fiscal year 2013 based on the provisions of Article (30) of the Code of Federal budget No. (7) for the year 2013."
On the position of the Iraqi List of putting the rules of procedure of the Council of Ministers on the table, she saw spokesman of the Iraqi List, Maysoon al that "the rules of procedure of the Council of Ministers constitutional issue to be completed as soon as possible," she said, "but the Prime Minister over the past years the powers of his ministers because of the lack of an internal system that regulates the relationship between the boss and among its members. "
She Damluji, in an interview with the "long" yesterday, that "the Iraqi List, submitted a proposal to the government includes a draft rules of procedure earlier in order to find a common mechanism and transparent governing the relationship between the President of the Council and the minister does not have the excesses of some powers as it gets today."
She noted that "al-Maliki turned on all the agreements signed with his political partners on the formation of new rules of procedure of the Council of Ministers and the last of the Erbil which the current government was formed under."
She stressed Damluji that "Iraqi demands through its proposal, which is in line with the aspirations of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc and some other blocks, distribution of powers between the President and his deputies fairly, as well as canceling vacations compulsory, used by al-Maliki from time to time against some ministers, in addition to forcing President Ministerial Council to complete his booth not that some of them managed by proxy. "
They pointed out that "the prime minister runs the sessions of the Council of Ministers in the meetings that have passed without a quorum, where some of the ministries entrusted to those close to him for the conduct of its work, and that's what did not happen in any country in the world."
She Damluji wondering "how the Council of Ministers to hold its sessions without naming ministers security (defense and interior) with the absence of some of them because of existing differences"?.
In turn, said a spokesman for the Kurdistan Alliance supporter good that "the rules of procedure of the Council of Ministers is one of the terms of the Arbil, which was signed by leaders of the first row, but put this system took a long time."
He Ok, in a statement to the "long" yesterday, that "the Kurdistan Alliance had a reservation to view the rules of procedure of the debate within the Council of Ministers in the absence of Minister Kurds and some ministers of Iraq," adding that "time is not right for the issuance of this system now."
The spokesman called the Kurdistan Alliance that "The system includes internal passages and proposals to be according to the principle of consensus decisions, and that the government is dissolved in the event of withdrawal of 51% of the minister."
*** NO FACTION CAN PREVAIL WITH CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENTS BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION IS LACKING SPECIFICS IN CRITICAL AREAS - ALL WILL CONTINUE TO CLAIM LIGITIMACY BASED UPON THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATIONS ***
Nora Salem: political blocs put solutions prosthesis to differences
03-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Attributed MP for the coalition in Iraq Nora Salem, the cause of the current crisis to put the political blocs their personal interests above the interests of the country as well as some of the paragraphs of the constitution and foreign intervention, noting that the solutions to the crises prosthesis.
Salem said in a statement (of the Agency news): that all the political blocs want to resolve disputes according to its partisan and personal interests without regard to the interests of the country.
She added: some paragraphs of the Constitution need to be amended and its presence in the current formula to create a crisis between the political blocs in addition to the agreements reached earlier and that was repudiated on the implementation of the agreed items.
She MP for the coalition in Iraq: the absence of sincerity and earnest desire of the political blocs led to continuing disagreements, and went on: the political blocs that put prosthesis solutions to disagreements and escalate day after day.
Salem said: that the political blocs have not made concessions for the sake of the national interest of the country and all the blocks partisan sticking to their demands in order to strengthen their parties, indicating that foreign interventions trying to make of Iraq, replacing the conflict to Iraq's failure to return the prestige.
The political scene in sharp disagreements and rooted among the various political blocs, as well as crisis demonstrations that erupted in the provinces (Anbar, Salahuddin, Nineveh) to protest the government's policies, and the relationship between the KRG and the federal government almost severed because of the outstanding issues between the parties.
Kurds See Turkish Reference to Kurdish Province as Step Forward
by HEMIN KHOSHNAW 2 hours ago
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In a country where until recently even the mention of the word Kurdistan was taboo, the Turkish prime minister’s reference to a historical “Kurdistan province” under the Ottoman Empire is seen as a step forward for the country’s large Kurdish minority, which for decades has struggled for recognition and basic rights.
The comments last week on CNN Turk by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party (AKP) is engaged in historic peace talks with the jailed leader of the separatist and illegal Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), were received positively by Turkey’s Kurds, who have been demanding a system of self-governance.
The Ottoman system of vilayets, or provinces, fell apart with the dissolution of the empire in the aftermath of the First World War.
“Talking about a vilayet system was a red line in Turkey till today,” noted Bayram Bozyel, deputy chairman of Freedoms and Rights Party (HAK-PAR), a licensed Kurdish party in Turkey.
“Erdogan talking about this topic, even verbally, is considered a very good step,” he said, adding that since the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Kurds have suffered under a centralized rule.
The Turkish premier opened indirect peace talks in February with PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been kept in virtual isolation at a prison on Turkey’s Imrali island since his capture in 1999.
On March 21, in a message marking the Kurdish New Year, Ocalan declared a ceasefire in the three-decade war with Ankara that has claimed more than 40,000 lives, telling supporters that the Kurds are embarking on a new, political struggle.
Although the Turkish government has not publicly outlined what it would cede in return, it is widely believed that Ankara is amenable to constitutional changes that would grant recognition and rights to the Kurds. Kurdish politicians and activists hope to take administration of Turkey’s Kurdish areas into their own hands, as they did under the Ottomans.
“The governing system of the Ottomans was not centralized like now. Their vilayets were independent in everything except foreign affairs,” said Bozyil, who does not see the return of that system anytime soon.
“The Turkish government has referred to 2023 for the realization of this system. This is a big problem. If the vilayet system is needed now, why delay it 10 more years? Maybe he (Erdogan) wants to please the Kurds with these words and delay the issue for 10 more years," he said.
According to political observers, if the system is returned, Turkey will be divided into 18 large municipalities, including the Kurdish regions of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Urfa.
But Bozyil cautioned that, "Kurdistan must not be divided again with the pretext of problem-solving. Kurdistan is one with all its residents, history and culture.”
Myrat Bozlak, MP of the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) that has been the intermediary in Ankara’s dialogue with Ocalan, welcomed Erdogan’s comments to CNN Turk, saying he believed that the vilayet system will help resolve Turkey’s Kurdish issue.
"The Kurds of Turkey demand the rights of identity, culture, and education in their native language. They also want self-governance in Turkey. The vilayet system will become a solution. In this system the Kurdish language will become a formal language in the government institutions in Kurdistan," he said.
Zevar Ozdemir, an AKP MP from the Kurdish city of Batman in Turkey, said that, “The vilayet system is a Turkish reality. We have been avoiding this reality till now, but we can no longer continue to do that.”
Green Zone of Baghdad experiencing tight security.
Baghdad/ NINA /- A day after denying by Interior Ministry reports published by media about armed attack on the green zone and storming suffered this zone, which includes the most important state facilities, like Parliament and the presidential palace, this area experiences since the early hours of the day, tight security measures where most all outlets and bridges surrounding it closed up causing paralyzing downtown of the capital.
Witnesses told NINA : "The crackdown has forced citizens to walk long distances in order to reach their workplaces.
Deputy Liberal: Maliki embarrassed not to attend Parliament session hosting a "dangerous precedent"
03-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Member of the Liberal bloc criticized the National Alliance MP Abdul Hussein Resan Husseini not coming to host Prime Minister in the House of Representatives, and described it as a dangerous precedent.
Said Resan in a statement received Agency (news) copy of it: we are used to marginalize the role of the House of Representatives by some parliamentarians and government on the grounds that the government still fears that up the House of Representatives to the stage to absorb his role in the oversight and legislation and therefore can be controlled by through monitor mistakes and hold negligent.
He added: that the consumption of the House of Representatives came under a plan drawn perhaps by some politicians who share opinion with the government and Atqsdon weaken the House of Representatives, because there is an inverse relationship between the government and the House of Representatives, as the government represents the component and the parliament represents another component and Pat House is unable to achieve anything .
He explained: The House of Representatives is in the embarrassing position in front of public opinion as he could not host and is not to question the prime minister as commander in chief of the armed forces and this is not the first time, but there are more than the Minister follow state law refused to come to the House of Representatives despite submit a request, stressing that This scenario intended to weaken the House of Representatives.
Said: that if this step has not been passed to host the Prime Minister, we must read on the House of Representatives of peace he could not host any official at a time when the explosions, where blood flowing without any treatment of the security situation.
House of Representatives held its absence of 150 deputies
BAGHDAD / obelisk: The Council of Representatives, Wednesday, its the 17 of the second legislative term for the third legislative year, headed by Speaker Osama Najafi, in the absence of 150 deputies.
A parliamentary source said the "obelisk", "The parliament session for the day began in the presence of 175 and the absence of 150 deputy, and deputies are from the coalition of Kurdish blocs and other representatives of the political blocs multiple," pointing out that "the agenda of the meeting includes vote on each of the bill the first amendment to the Law of Antiquities and Heritage (55) for the year 2002. "
The source added, speaking on condition of anonymity that "the meeting will also second reading for each of the bill the first amendment to CPA Order No. (87) for the year 2004, and the draft law on public holidays, bill Fifth Amendment to the Law Council of State No. (65) for the year 1979 , the draft law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and draft legal and medico-legal work. "
The political source, revealed Tuesday the 2 this April, that blocks parliamentary including mass united seeks to pre-empt its findings the government and the Prime Minister of the decisions on meeting the demands of the demonstrators, by working to adjourn the House of Representatives starting next Monday and get into vacation to what After the provincial elections scheduled for April 20 to embarrass the government and the Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq.