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    " The Daily Dinar " ....... 5 April 2013

    Iraqi Government Warns Kurdistan
    Region Against 'Smuggling' Oil

    By: Omar al-Shaher for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse. Posted on April 4.

    The crisis between Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and Erbil, the capital of the semi-independent Kurdistan Region in the north, has escalated. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, one of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s strongest allies, said that the federal government will consider the region’s oil exportations that it is uninvolved with to be “smuggling operations.”

    Summary :
    The ongoing dispute over oil between the central Iraqi government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil has intensified, writes Omar al-Shaher.
    Original Title:
    Al-Shahrastani warns Kurds of “smuggling” oil to Turkey
    Author: Omar al-Shaher
    Translated by: Sahar Ghoussoub

    Categories :Originals Iraq


    During a gathering in the Al-Rashid hotel in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Shahrastani added that some quantities of oil are exported by the Kurdish government without the knowledge of the federal government, and he promised to halt these operations.

    “Baghdad will consider such operations to be ‘smuggling,’ in the future,” he indicated.

    Shahrastani is the Kurds’ worst enemy in Baghdad. Consequently, the Kurds promised Maliki to give the current government their vote of confidence, provided that Maliki distance Shahristani from handling the Ministry of Oil, which he formerly headed.

    Many issues between Baghdad and Erbil remain unsolved, including the dispute over oil. Iraq’s Kurdistan Region wants to manage the oil quantities produced by its three provinces, while Baghdad refuses to grant the region the right to export its oil directly. Instead, Baghdad requires oil to be exported following a centralized system.

    The Iraqi constitution stipulates that the federal government’s privileges allow it to manage the country’s resources. However, the Kurdistan Region claims that Baghdad does not allocate sufficient funds to it in Iraq's annual budget, and therefore, the region is trying to benefit from its own oil production.

    While Erbil asserts that the region’s oil imports help stock the central government’s treasury, the federal Ministry of Oil believes that the contracts signed by the Iraqi Kurdistan Region favor the companies concerned in these deals.

    At the beginning of this year, Baghdad noted that Erbil had indeed exported oil to neighboring Turkey. However, the Iraqi Kurdistan Region noted that the alleged exportations were in fact oil to Turkey in return for oil derivatives, such as gasoline and white oil, to meet local consumption needs.

    During a recent visit to Turkey, Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani announced that Erbil is determined to export three million barrels of crude oil daily, after completing a pipeline extending from Kurdistan to Turkey.

    At the beginning of the year, a Turkish company began construction on an oil pipeline that connects the region to neighboring Turkey and that will become operational by the end of the year.

    The conflict between Baghdad and Erbil regarding oil has intensified during the past few months, when the federal government threatened the American company ExxonMobil with baning it from making any future investments in Iraq if it cooperated with the Kurdistan Region. Consequently, ExxonMobil suspended the drilling contracts it had signed with Erbil.

    In the latest developments of the conflict between the federal government and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, the Iraqi parliament voted on the country’s general budget for the year 2013 without including the $4 billion in dues owed to foreign oil companies operating in the region.

    Baghdad took another measure that enraged Erbil even more. The oil minister in the federal government recently announced that his ministry is examining offers from global oil companies — including BB and Shlomo Berger — to develop an oil field that is situated in Kirkuk, a city rich in oil and fought over by Arabs and Kurds.

    The Kurds claim that they have historic rights in Kirkuk, and they are seeking to make it part of the region’s provinces. While the Iraqi constitution includes a clause that ostensibly determines the way to solve the conflict over Kirkuk, it is not effective due to disputes regarding its implementation mechanisms.

    Kurdish MP Farhad Atrushi says that “this step aims to pressure Kurdistan, since Kirkuk’s oil fields are an extension of Erbil’s. There is a political message here that conveys that this area will not be returned to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.”

    Omar al-Shaher is a contributor to Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including France’s LeMonde, the Iraqi Alesbuyia magazine, Egypt’s Al-Ahaly and the Elaph website. He previously worked for Al-Mada covering political and security affairs and as a correspondent for the Kuwaiti Awan newspaper in Baghdad in 2008-10.


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    U.S. State reveal mediation to resolve the problem between Baghdad and Erbil

    Author: MK
    Editor: NK
    2013/04/04 20:51

    Term Press / Baghdad

    Revealed the U.S. State Department, Thursday, for the mediation to bring the views between the central government and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and confirmed that it met with political leaders to solve the problems, but pointed out that it would send a delegation to the Kurdistan region during the next two days, calling on all parties to make concessions to reach solutions.

    An advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State Brett Makjurk during a meeting with a number of journalists at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, including correspondent (range Press) "I came here to Baghdad to follow up what happened after visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry," explaining, "I am here in Iraq and I'm going to meetings with a lot of political leaders, and I will go to Arbil and then go to Washington. "

    He Makjurk that "Foreign Minister conducted during his recent visit to Iraq message to political entities, urging the need for dialogue among themselves, and that each side demands specific and explicit," noting that "Kerry urged the parties to make concessions to reach a solution."

    He called Advisor to the Foreign Minister of "all parties in Baghdad to sit at the negotiating table," noting "we were delighted when we found the recent developments and the meeting, which gets between the National Alliance and the Kurdistan."

    He Makjurk that "points of contention between the province and the center are four first payment of the oil companies and this is left in the budget and also linked to the law of oil and gas that is not prescribed, and the second article 140 of the disputed areas, and the third forces of the Tigris and the distribution of these forces and this is a matter of dispute, and fourth Peshmerga payments from the central government or the Kurdish side. "

    U.S. mediation comes after one day of a visit by a delegation from the National Alliance to the Kurdistan region of Iraq in order to solve the problems between Baghdad and Erbil, which is boycotting the representatives of the central government to attend meetings of the Council of Ministers and parliament for nearly a month.

    And announced the Presidency of the Kurdistan region, on Wednesday, that "high-level delegation of the National Alliance Search today with the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani problems concerning the general political situation in Iraq and the relationship between the federal government and the provincial government," adding that "the delegation of the National Alliance arrived today Arbil headed by Deputy Prime National Alliance Sheikh Khalid al-Attiya, and the membership and Transport Minister Hadi al-Ameri, the federal government and a member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Dawa Party Tarek Najm "and showed that" the two sides held a panel discussion explicit been touched crises deep passes by the country and how to deal with these crises and management has been addressed to some solutions. "

    And afflict the Iraqi political scene is a lot of tension and uncertainty, most trends that are reflected in return on the Iraqi street, both between the central government and the Kurdistan region that seems to be headed in the province is directly to the government and parliament in the center via call his ministers and deputies to the province, or between the parties to the political process particularly a coalition of state law and the Iraqi List, or the mass movement that opposes the government in the Sunni provinces and regions, about threatens to worsen without the looming horizon features of any breakthrough soon.

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    *** CONSTITUTIONALITY IS IN THE " EYE OF THE BEHOLDER " OR DEPENDENT UPON THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE POLITICIAN : " all the political blocs in breach of the Constitution to the lack of clarity of its clauses. ": SO , WITHOUT CLARITY IN THE CONSTITUTION, EITHER BY SUPPLEMENTATION OR MODIFICATION, ALL PARTIES CAN ARGUE IN GOOD FAITH THAT THE POSITION OF THE OTHER IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND FAULT THEM FOR FAILING TO COMPLY ***




    Osama Jamil: political differences will continue until after the next parliamentary elections
    05-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Erbil (news)

    According to MP for the Kurdistan Islamic Union, Osama beautiful, that political differences will continue until after the next parliamentary elections, adding that all the political blocs in breach of the Constitution to the lack of clarity of its clauses.

    Jameel said in a statement (of the Agency news): The current political disagreements will move until after the next parliamentary elections, adding that elections will produce the winning blocs which will form the government, but differences remain stuck with each other.

    He added: that all political blocs located in the political arena responsible disputes the fact that their leaders áÇĘÝßŃ only their personal and partisan interests and the people to have a way to get to the office.

    The MP said the Kurdistan Islamic Union: that all political blocs are working on a violation of the Constitution for the lack of clarity of its articles where most flexible and all material block interpreted according to its interests.

    He was a member bloc citizen National Alliance MP Hamid vegetative, stated that to resolve political differences depends waiver policy-makers for their demands personal and partisan, noting that the visit of the delegation of the National Alliance to the Kurdistan region will bring the views and end differences, saying: The outstanding differences between the parties politicians can be overridden for a waiver of policy-makers for their personal and partisan interests and to look at the supreme national interest of the country


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    Deputy for Kurdistan: all options open with the Baghdad government in the event of failure to respond to the demands of

    Connecting MP / coalition of Kurdish blocs / Burhan Mohammed Faraj, the return of ministers and deputies of the Kurdistan Alliance to respond to the demands of the Kurds, he said, adding that all options are open in the event of failure to respond to the demands.

    Faraj said in a press statement: The return of ministers and deputies of the Kurdistan Alliance depends on the response of the central government to the demands of the Kurdistan region.

    He added: that all constitutional demands and represented the implementation of the agreements, partnership and balance in state institutions as well as to resolve all outstanding differences between the central government and the provincial government.


    The MP said the coalition of Kurdish blocs: that all options are open in front of the Kurdistan Alliance in the case of failure to respond to the demands of the province.

    And was a member of the Kurdistan Alliance MP / Kurdistan Alliance bloc / Saman Fawzi, said that the visit by the delegation of the National Alliance to Kurdistan positive but do not solve the problems as soon as this visit, because the dialogue without the implementation of concrete steps and does not solve the serious political crises


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    *** HERE ARE EXAMPLES OF THE ENDLESS GENERALIZED RHETORIC ***

    Kilani: Stability in Iraq to be achieved by adherence to constitution
    Friday, 05 April 2013 09:34 | | |

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Jamal Kilani, of the Iraqiya Slate assured that the stability in Iraq can be achieved when the government and the political sides adhere to the constitution.

    Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said “Violating the constitution resulted in disturbing the political process,” noting that “If the government and the other political sides adhere to the constitution and the laws, the political process will be stabled and the citizens will be served.”

    He called “The political sides to be free from the control of the foreign sides to be independent to have a hope in building the new Iraq.”

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....tical&Itemid=2

    AND


    Barazani asserts that core of Iraq's crisis is not abiding by the Constitution
    03/04/2013 18:45:00

    Erbil (NINA) – President of Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barazani, stressed that the core of Iraq's current crisis is not abiding by the Constitution.

    A statement issued on Wednesday, Apr. 3, by the Presidency of Kurdistan Region said that in his meeting with students of Vienna School of Diplomacy, Barazani reviewed the stages of Kurdish people struggle and the relations with consecutive Iraqi governments, asserting that the core of Iraq's current crisis is not abiding by the Constitution.

    He expressed hope that members of the delegation be able to relate political and historic reality of Kurdistan region and part of the academic curricula within the Vienna School of Diplomacy.

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=GHDJGH

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    Vice Posted: Iraqi ministers will come back with the exception Rafie al-Issawi

    Likely MP / coalition in Iraq / Talal Hussein Zobaie, returning Iraqi List ministers to their posts despite brought resign except for the Minister of Finance, adding that foreign intelligence based operations with a political crisis.

    Zobaie said in a press statement: expected to return all Iraqi List ministers to their posts despite some requests for resignation except Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi would not return to office.

    He added: that people would one day and reject the entire political process for non-political understanding among themselves so they review their positions in fueling the street.

    The MP said the coalition in Iraq: that the foreign intelligence lying in wait for the political process and with each other than carry out operations inside Iraq because it is assumed that we are building the country and not destroy it.

    And was a member of the Turkmen Front MP / coalition in Iraq / Hassan Ozmn Bayati, announced an intention to outgoing Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi and Minister of Agriculture Azzedine to return to the state House of Representatives and parliamentary access to their seats.

    Bayati said in an earlier statement (the news): The Minister is only one of the ministers of Iraq has not resolved his order to return to the government or resign, a minister of Science and Technology Abdul Karim al-Samarrai, because the Ministers of Finance and Agriculture forward their resignations, while other ministers returned to work in and Zrathm and attend meetings of the Council of Ministers.



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    Vice chest: Maliki is responsible for differences due to Khandgueth of the political

    Vice chest: Maliki is responsible for differences due to Khandgueth of the political process and dialogue has become "sterile"

    Carrying member of the Liberal block of the Sadrist movement MP / National Alliance / Jawad al-Hasnawi, Prime Minister responsible for differences because of what he described as' B 'Khandgueth the political process', adding that the dialogue between the blocks became' futile '.

    Hasnawi said in a press statement: The outstanding differences between the parties Alsaasesn will continue to the end of the electoral cycle and are the responsibility of the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki because Khandgueth of the political process.

    He added: that the return of ministers and political blocs to the government will not solve the differences to the presence of artificial crises and will continue until the end of the parliamentary session.

    The MP said the National Alliance to: that the dialogue became 'futile' between the political blocs to count which they signify their concessions and even interviewed would be Bertokola would come out with something.

    The MP for / coalition in Iraq / Hamid Zobaie, accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, to work to disable the House of Representatives and weakened, for its uniqueness to power in the country.

    Zobaie said in an earlier statement (the news): The current government and private Prime Minister work since the start of weakening work the House of Representatives by not giving the authority to the Board of numbers laws, noting that the political bloc of the owners 'coalition of state law' is also working to weaken the Council, due to Tugem uniqueness of power.


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    SLC MP describes visit of INA’s delegation to KR as “Anticipatory step to settle crisis”
    Friday, 05 April 2013 11:48 | | |

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Abdul Abbas Shiyaa, of the State of Law Coalition described the visit of the delegation of the Iraqi National Alliance to Erbil as “AN anticipatory step to settle the crisis.”

    He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “The confidence between the political blocs can be brought back and the meeting between the delegation of INA with the President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, is a part of this initiative.”

    “The visit of the delegation of INA is a good initiative to settle the crisis where it discussed with Barzani the means of settling the political crisis and his stance over it and the political deals such as Erbil agreement,” he concluded.

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....tical&Itemid=2

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    Complement to the initiated Kerry: U.S. mediation between Maliki and President of Kurdistan Region

    Revealed the U.S. State Department for mediation to bring the views between the central government and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and confirmed that it met with political leaders to solve the problems, but pointed out that it would send a delegation to the Kurdistan region during the next two days, calling on all parties to make concessions to reach solutions.

    An advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State Brett Makjurk during a meeting with a number of journalists at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, "I came here to Baghdad to follow up what happened after visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry," explaining, "I am here in Iraq and I'm going to meetings with a lot of political leaders and I will go to Arbil and then go to Washington. "

    He Makjurk that "Foreign Minister conducted during his recent visit to Iraq message to political entities, urging the need for dialogue among themselves, and that each side demands specific and explicit," noting that "Kerry urged the parties to make concessions to reach a solution."

    He called Advisor to the Foreign Minister of "all parties in Baghdad to sit at the negotiating table," noting "we were delighted when we found the recent developments and the meeting, which gets between the National Alliance and the Kurdistan."


    He Makjurk that "points of contention between the province and the center are four first payment of the oil companies and this is left in the budget and also linked to the law of oil and gas that is not prescribed, and the second article 140 of the disputed areas, and the third forces of the Tigris and the distribution of these forces and this is a matter of dispute, and fourth Peshmerga payments from the central government or the Kurdish side. "


    U.S. mediation comes after one day of a visit by a delegation from the National Alliance to the Kurdistan region of Iraq in order to solve the problems between Baghdad and Erbil, which is boycotting the representatives of the central government to attend meetings of the Council of Ministers and parliament for nearly a month.


    And announced the Presidency of the Kurdistan region, on Wednesday, that "high-level delegation of the National Alliance Search today with the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani problems concerning the general political situation in Iraq and the relationship between the federal government and the provincial government," adding that "the delegation of the National Alliance arrived today Arbil headed by Deputy Prime National Alliance Sheikh Khalid al-Attiya, and the membership and Transport Minister Hadi al-Ameri, the federal government and a member of the political bureau of the Dawa Party, Tarek Najm "and showed that" the two sides held a panel discussion explicit been touched crises deep passes by the country and how to deal with these crises and management was addressed to some solutions. "


    And afflict the Iraqi political scene is a lot of tension and uncertainty, most of the trends reflected in return on the Iraqi street, both between the central government and the Kurdistan region, which appears to be headed in the county is directly to the government and parliament. "


    http://www.burathanews.com/news_article_189979.html
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    Deputy for the citizen hopes to end the Kurdistan Alliance boycott and return to enga

    Deputy for the citizen hopes to end the Kurdistan Alliance boycott and return to engage in political activity

    He MP for Allowatun bloc Ali inch hoped to end the Kurdistan Alliance boycott and return to engage in political activity in Baghdad, referring to an intention to regional president Massoud Barzani to visit Baghdad.

    He said in a press statement on Friday that "we hope that the Kurds return to their activity as that they have responsibilities by the Iraqi people and everyone is waiting for action and submit proposals for their service."

    و He explained inch that "there is an intention to Barzani to visit Baghdad and hope to be an urgent visit to find appropriate solutions to the current crisis."

    And see the relationship between the Kurdistan Alliance and the government heavily strained, especially after the vote on the federal budget for the current year, and led to the county and its ministers and deputies of both houses of parliament and the government.

    A delegation of the National Alliance yesterday paid a visit to Arbil to discuss with leadership Alkrdstahnih on resolving the crisis and the return of coalition Alrkdstana to the government and parliament.

    In reaction to the visit the Kurdish leadership announced today that it has been positive and the light decided to postpone its mission to the National Alliance


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