Kurdish lawmaker: If we take the specific dates for the implementation of our demands, we will go back to the government
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confirmed the National Alliance and the Kurdistan, on Friday, they will form four committees negotiating to resolve the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad in the meeting which will be held on Saturday evening, between the leaders of alliances, at the time stated Kurd said the discussions with the time limit Open unacceptable, and is required a specific timeframe for the implementation of the agreements, even if achieved, the ministers Erbil will return to the government.
Since long months strained relationship Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki with most partners, even withdrew ministers every large blocs of his government, but signs of conciliatory rare began to emerge from a coalition of state law because pressure large practiced several parties, including the Sadrists and the reference Najaf, along with a rare visit by Secretary of State John Kerry included harsh criticism of the way al-Maliki in the state administration.
said Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohammad Qasim in a telephone conversation with the "long" on Friday, said that the political movement experiencing Baghdad between coalitions national and Kurdistan is positive, pointing out that Saturday's meeting "will be the last for the formation of joint committees."
said Qasim that "the number of committees would be four, including security to discuss the problems and differences relating to security issues and specifically the issue of the Peshmerga, and other parliamentary debate laws different by the House of Representatives, including the law of oil and energy, and a third to restore balance to the state institutions, and the fourth is working to reimburse oil companies.
And the possibility of the return of MPs and ministers Kurdistan Alliance bloc of the government and the House of Representatives, said Kurdish lawmaker that "the issue return ministers and deputy Kurds political issue and will rely heavily on Saturday's meeting with the National Alliance, likely return as soon as possible. "
and stressed that "it is necessary to implement the Convention on Arbil all its provisions because they ensure a real all parties, including the guarantee of the rights of the Kurds constitutional", pointing out that the Kurdish Alliance demanded guarantees from the National Alliance "to implement all agreements signed. "
and pointed out that "these guarantees will determine the work of these committees formed roof time not to be left open or where procrastination and prevarication."
and met with the Kurdish delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ruz Nuri Shawis (April 10, 2013), the leader of the National Alliance Ibrahim al-Jaafari and representatives from the rest of the components of the coalition and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, with two sides stressed the need to resolve the outstanding problems between the two parties, and the commitment letter media positive would create an atmosphere appropriate for dialogue, also agreed to hold another meeting on Saturday to continue what was started by the parties in this meeting.
were Kurdish forces announced in 08.04.2013 it has decided to send a delegation to Baghdad convey a message Kurds coalition that includes vision to resolve the current political crisis, according to the specific demands while confirming that the position of the political process will be determined in the light response alliance with these demands.
turn, describe deputy state law Ihsan al-Awadi, in an interview for the "long" that Saturday's meeting will be a sequel to discuss all outstanding matters that were discussed two days ago.
"The responsibility of these committees that will shape are discussing the issue of the powers overlapping between the Territory and the center, and the need to resolve the border file from airports and Customs , and the issue of the distribution of oil wealth and others, as well as to expedite the enactment of the oil, energy and resolve the issue of the disputed areas and dues oil companies outstanding in Kurdistan. "
and noted Awadi that "there is an agreement on the issue of payment of dues of oil by allowing BSA Federal audited contracts oil for all companies operating in the region, and calculating the quantities of exported oil with dues to companies. "
He guessed that the current negotiations will some outstanding problems but there are other files need to be a great time.
was the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, said Friday, that the Kurds "are not willing to live under oppression and tyranny "in the case is not resolved the political problems in Iraq, and stressed that the social situation in the Kurdistan region," walking at a steady pace forward. "
Barzani said in a statement issued by his office on the sidelines of a meeting with President of the Socialist International Luis Ayala in the resort of Salahuddin, "The people of Kurdistan understands the meaning and value of freedom, because we Adthdna We also recognize that democracy and stability is an ongoing process and we need to work hard and patience."
said Barzani that "the Kurdistan region hopes to solve all problems and crises Iraqi political through dialogue and understanding," stressing that " If you do not find the solutions to those problems and crises, we are not willing to live under oppression and tyranny. " long
Arenas sit-ins in Iraq demanding the execution of al-Maliki has accused the government of «employment for Iran»
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BAGHDAD - Mazen Al Shammari
Deputy for Iraq: not received request to amend or abolish laws accountability and justice or confidential informant or amnesty
escalated demands the protesters in the Iraqi provinces angry at the policies of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and crossed the speeches imams Friday prayers for high ceilings in the demands and reached Make Maliki to trial and calling for his execution, amid condemnation widely Iranian interference in Iraqi affairs, and wounded Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq stone within the charges and accused the decision the House of Representatives for the coalition in Iraq Mohamed Khaldi, Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs Saleh al-Mutlaq failure and bankruptcy to achieve promises of demonstrators The protesters, he said on his website social networking «Facebook» yesterday.
confirmed Khalidi to the Iraqi people that «is not received request to amend or repeal any law of accountability and justice or confidential informant or amnesty or other laws advocated by demonstrators, but are inter lies and tricks fired Mutlaq to justify his failure and bankruptcy to convince government agencies that promised previously modified these laws ».
Maliki went further bloodshed
In this context, he said the imam and Friday sermon Square sit-in Ramadi Sheikh Qusai Zein we Antalib drop Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, but we demand his execution, and added Zein «Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki went further in the darkness and bloodshed and continuing serial killings and displacement of identity because of standing behind him are a sectarian government with distinction and should be executed for his crimes against humanity and fight and kill each of the object to the policy.
stressed Zein «Maliki allowed Iran to intervene in Iraqi affairs and kill people and steal wealth but gone Maliki more by supporting and allowing for smuggling weapons and fighters from Iran to Syria to kill the Syrian people, and support for the tyrant is another Bashar al-Assad for sectarian reasons large.
systems Matsamu Anbar review tribal ensure entry processions clan in the yard sit Crane placards denouncing government policies and demanding the release of detainees, demonstrators chanted slogans blaring Bayaoa where «blood» protests continue «until the end» and emphasizing their willingness «certificate».
turn, board spokesman as protests Anbar Sheikh Saeed Lafi existence option of civil disobedience at the present time, He told reporters in the courtyard of the sit «The subject of civil disobedience Matrouh at the present time between the leaders of the demonstrations and sit-ins in the provinces six Almentvdh.
government violated the symptoms
In the same context, attacked Friday sermon Mosul, Iraqi constitution promised «Article II» him to ensure that the rights of individuals to freedom of practice religious, «contrary to law and allow the Iraqis killed pornographic», and accused the government of b »employment Iran» also attacked negotiating committees indicating that «the end of the negotiating committees - Okhozaha God - are paying attention to end the sit-ins».
said the imam and preacher Square Liberals in Mosul Noureddine Jubouri, It «irreversible with the government Safavid which violated the symptoms and stolen people's money and destroyed the country and the people, because we are certain that it will not give us our demands, it oversees the implementation of Iran's policy of sectarianism in Iraq and the Gulf in retaliation for the loss in Qadisiyah».
rejected Iranian role
as ascended Matsamu Kirkuk and Hawija, yesterday of «tone rhetoric anti-government» and stressed «continue» demonstrations and sit-ins until their demands and threatened that demonstrations ahead will be «combat», and stressed their ability to «remove Maliki government as expelled occupier», stressing «rejected Iranian role and its customers» in Iraq .
said the imam and preacher of Kirkuk Abdullah Jawala, in front of thousands of worshipers who gathered in the courtyard of honor «continue Ptazahratna and Aatsamatna even realized our demands», adding that «brought us bore the name (not surrender .. our rights or certificate)».
were popular committees in the field of honor Kirkuk and distributed a statement after Friday prayers, declaring «support to the demands of Anbar and Mosul, Salahuddin, Diyala and Baghdad», the statement said, we «continue Ptazahratna as brothers martyr Bunyan Obeidi to demand our rights usurped by the government of one-party authoritarian in Baghdad and his hypocrites of Mutlaq and Karbouli and Haider Mulla and their ilk ».
Barzani: Kurds are not ready to live under oppression and tyranny
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
, said the President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani yesterday, that the Kurds' are not ready to live under oppression and tyranny, while Kurdish delegation will hold talks with the federal government to resolve outstanding differences. The Barzani in a statement yesterday, after a meeting with President of the Socialist International Luis Ayala in the resort of Salah al-Din, that «the people of Kurdistan understands the meaning of freedom and value, because we Adthdna, and also aware that democracy and stability is an ongoing process and in need of hard work and patience».
added that «the region Kurdistan hopes to resolve all problems and crises Iraqi through dialogue and understanding », and stressed that« in the absence of finding solutions to those problems and crises, we are not willing to live under oppression and tyranny ».
and pointed out that «the social situation in the Kurdistan region paced fixed forward , In the event of a malfunction or lack of here or there, gotta Kurdistan will reform and problem-solving.
statement quoted Ayala as saying that «the region's progress unparalleled in the region. The Kurdistan did not reach this level of freedom easily, and the preservation is not easy ».
came in when conducted Kurdish delegation headed by the leader of the party «KDP» Rose Nuri Shaways talks in Baghdad and a series of meetings with officials in the federal government and Prime Minister Nuri Maliki and the head of the «National Alliance» Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
said member bloc «Kurdistan Alliance MP Hassan Jihad's Al-Hayat yesterday, said that« the talks were positive, and we hope to be translated to the crucial decisions to resolve outstanding differences. He added that «the two sides had agreed on the formation of specialized sub-committees to classify differences to legislative or governmental or security, and then begin to discuss them seriously. He expressed the hope that these negotiations will be crucial, not like its predecessors, which did not lead to definitive solutions.
Iraqi Kurdistan request a parliamentary and presidential elections
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Make more than 650 thousand troops and Iraqi police and security forces vote in provincial elections in 12 Iraqi city today, in the first phase before the start of the voting public on the twentieth of this month.
On the other hand, announced the Electoral Commission for elections in Iraq that it had received a request from the presidency of the Kurdistan region to conduct parliamentary elections and the presidency of the region later this year.
said Sirwan Ahmed, member of the Board of Commissioners, in a statement, "The Electoral Commission received the request region and placed on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners for consideration in the next few weeks and establish timelines and logistics for the elections in schedule that will be determined by the region in coordination with the UNHCR. " He added that "the deadline for elections the region will not exceed a monthly July and August / August next." (D. B. A)
Iraq’s Kirkuk Province Blasts Baghdad-BP Oil Talks
by RUDAW 11/4/2013
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s central government has asked London-based oil giant BP to develop oil fields in Kirkuk, raising objections by the Provincial Council, which says Baghdad’s interference in the disputed province is unconstitutional.
“For the fifth time, the Iraqi Oil Ministry has asked BP to develop Kirkuk’s oil fields,” said a source at the state-owned North Oil Company (NOC), which is part of the ministry.
Iraq’s Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen and Christians lay conflicting claims to Kirkuk, which is immensely rich in oil reserves.
Fuad Hussein, a member of the Kirkuk Provincial Council’s oil and gas committee, said the government’s request to BP violates the constitution, which grants provincial councils the right to be involved in developing their own energy reserves.
“The agreement between the Iraqi oil ministry and BP was not discussed with our council. We are not satisfied with the way the Iraqi ministry of oil is dealing with this issue,” Hussein said. “Overlooking the constitution by the Iraqi oil ministry left us no choice but to take the issue to Iraq’s Supreme Court,” he added.
BP was involved in developing oil fields in Kirkuk until 1972, when they were nationalized by the Iraqi government and taken over from Western companies.
The Iraqi government's recent decision to amend paragraphs in the Justice and Accountability Law related to de-Baathification and show flexibility in dealing with Baathists has induced a storm of conflicting reactions. The most heated reactions have come from Shiite political and cultural circles, which have insisted that Baathists cannot be dealt with before achieving justice for their victims.
Iraq’s attempt to rid itself of the legacy of the former ruling Baath Party must account for the fact that many former party employees will be worse off as a result, writes Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Baath and the Baathists: The Wounds that Refuse to Heal
Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Translated by: Sami-Joe Abboud
Categories :Originals Iraq Security
The Baath Party, which ruled Iraq for more than three decades, is deserving of the measures contained in the Iraqi constitution. The constitution criminalizes the party and prevents it from participating in Iraqi political life, against the backdrop of the crimes it committed and the disasters it caused throughout its reign.
But what applies to the Baath party should not apply to the Baathists as individuals. Everyone in Iraq agrees that a set of pressures, compromises and ambiguities forced millions of Iraqis to join this party, which reduced the state and linked all of its aspects to the party. It even linked the concept of "national identity" to "belonging to the Baath Party.”
But the agreement on this fact has not prevented Iraqi politicians from using the Baath Party issue for very bad political purposes. The de-Baathification issue was often used for political or partisan purposes, and was interpreted by some — such as the Sunni Arabs — as a "sectarian" act. It was also often used for propaganda purposes, or bargains that are actually different from the very essence of the "de-Baathification" law itself.
In this regard, it should be remembered that the de-Baathification law, which later turned into the law of "Accountability and Justice" is not always a constitutional text. The law has offered the people a chance to stop the consequences of the law as soon as it reaches its purpose.
The law has three main goals:
The first goal is to offer financial and moral compensation to the victims of the former regime, and moral compensation comes before financial compensation, as it devotes the importance of giving the victims the adequate time and measures to prosecute perpetrators and criminals through the law. This, in turn, helps them get rid of any feelings of revenge or hatred and firmly establishes tolerance.
The second goal is to punish criminals and leaders of the former regime and members of the Baath Party who have Iraqi blood on their hands without targeting innocent Baathists.
The third goal is to keep the Baath Party away from political life and prevent it from trying to poison the democratic experiment.
More than 10 years later, none of these three goals have materialized, although this was a priority for Iraq's political circle, which fought Saddam Hussein's regime for decades, and got caught up at a later stage by the requirements of power and electoral competition. Thus, it failed to address these crucial issues, which not only concern the victims of the former regime, but also hundreds of thousands of Baathists who are not involved in the crimes of this regime and who are waiting, along with their families, for the state to end its mission by compensating the victims and punishing the criminals.
Nations cannot be built upon permanent grudges or eternal stances. At a certain point, people reach the conviction that they need to move on and cooperate to build a future.
Unfortunately, political and partisan circles did not help the Iraqi people get to this important point. They have rather laid the foundations for a complex system through which they can exploit the Baath Party issue indefinitely.
The emotions induced and the refusal to deal with former Baathists or to even give their families pensions in return for the jobs that they occupied in the state cannot be discounted. These are sincere feelings, which prove that the wounds have not healed yet. Ten years later, the question arises as to the party responsible for keeping the Iraqi wounds open and untreated all this time.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices. He has written many books, including Humanitarian Concerns, which was selected in 2000 by the European Union as the best book written by a refugee.
Othman: Kurds' leaders hold a meeting today to review the results of the Kurdish delegation's visit to Baghdad.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Mahmoud Othman declared that "The President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, political leaders and heads of Kurdish parties will hold a meeting today with the Kurdish delegation visited Baghdad to see the results of their meetings with the National Alliance and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad.
Othman said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "This meeting will determine the next steps," noting that" these steps will be determined in the light of the results of the Kurdish delegation's visit. "
He pointed out that "the meeting would be expanded and will also include MPs and ministers in Parliament and the federal government."
He denied reports that "The Kurdistan Alliance gave to the National Alliance, a deadline to implement the message of the Kurdistan Alliance, noting" in political we cannot give a deadline to resolve outstanding problems between the political blocs or between the federal government and region. "
The Kurdish delegation arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday carrying a message of Kurdish forces to the National Alliance.
The delegation met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, where it was agreed on the need to calm and stay away from what disrupt the atmosphere and continue the dialogue and to form committees to resolve problems.
The delegation also met with the Chairman of the National Alliance Ibrahim Jaafari.
Kurdish MP: Province gave a period of one month to the federal government to implement its demands.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Baker Siddiq said that "the province gave the Federal government only a month to implement its demands, or else our options are open to take what we find it appropriate."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The negotiation between the two sides is positive, but we need to concrete practical steps to implement what was agreed upon."
He added that "the current situation that the country is going through and especially the relationship between the province and the center needs practical steps," noting that "this matter does not exist in other party who is trying to gain time."
The Kurdish delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Ruz Nuri Shawis met on Wednesday with a delegation of the National Alliance, headed by Ibrahim al-Jaafari and also met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
It was agreed, during the meeting, on the need for calm and stay away from provoking statements and continue the dialogue and form committees to resolve the problems, according to a statement of the Prime Minister's Office.
Kurdistan: negotiations with the central government witnessing a quiet and serious dialogue
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BAGHDAD / With: Kurdistan Alliance confirmed Saturday that atmosphere where negotiations with the central government for optimism, calling for the exclusion of what he described as "Maridi escalation and Almazmin" in this period was no need for their existence.
The MP said the coalition Qassim Mohammed said in a statement that "the atmosphere witnessed by negotiations between the delegation of the National Alliance delegation region experiencing the atmosphere of quiet and serious dialogue can pave the way for floor joint cooperation capable return partners into the political process and government work after leaving the outcome satisfactory to all parties being prepared her now. "
He said the "public interest requires curb the escalation in the statements and accusations in order to preserve calm and objective atmosphere negotiations and out as best he can, calling for" disposal of Maridi escalation and Almazmin at the moment, noting that some parties are trying to perpetuate the crisis through fiery statements that you will not find welcome at this time and at all levels. "(
Special ballot, for police and army, starts.
BAGHDAD / NINA / the special ballot for the security services and the army for the provincial elections has begun at seven o'clock on Saturday 13, April.
The Electoral Commission for elections opened 1845 stations in 420 polling center to the voters that includes elements of the army and police.
The spokesman Commission, Safaa al-Moussawi told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The Commission opened, this morning, all the polling stations in front of army and police totaling more than 650 thousands.
He explained: "The Electoral Commission will close the special voting and close the polls at five o'clock afternoon."
Basra police chief: there is no any pressure to switch their electoral convictions.
BASRA / NINA / Basra police chief, Major General Faisal al-Abadi announced today 13, April that the participation of police in the province in the Special vote will be in groups.
Abadi told National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "This action came for the purpose of securing the elections, and to take their role in protecting polling stations, at the same time to exercise their right to vote."
He pointed out "there is a great desire for the police to exercise their electoral right in democratic and transparent, without interference from any party whatsoever, denying any pressure to change their electoral convictions."
Janabi warns security officials from attempting to influence voters of Special Voting
Baghdad (NINA) – Lawmaker, member of Parliament's Security and Defence Committee, Modher al-Janabi, warned security commanders and officials from attempting to influence the Special Voting, on Saturday, Apr. 13, through threatening them and forcing them to vote for any particular political side.
After the Committee's meeting on Friday, Apr. 12, Janabi said that members of security agencies should not submit to such threats, rather to vote for whoever they see being honest and capable of serving Iraq.
Janabi affirmed that Parliament's Security and Defence Committee would make all commanders accountable for behaviors that violate the Constitution and law.
It is to be noted that voting of the military and security agencies' personnel is to take place on Saturday, Apr. 13, while the public is to vote to elect members of the provincial councils scheduled on one week later, on the 20/ Apr/2013.