Hakim's party: disqualification Maliki is not a requirement to get out of the crisis
BAGHDAD - Bushra Muzaffar
Friday, August 16, 2013
Stressed «the Supreme Islamic Council, headed by Ammar al-Hakim said the road map proposed by the out of the crisis does not include the need for the resignation of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The leader of the «Iraqi Front for National Dialogue» Haider Mulla said that «the survival of Maliki in office constitutes a threat to the lives of Iraqis and freedoms of what is exposed to terrorist attacks and failures in the management of the security file, confirms the fact that the survival of Prime Minister General Commander of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense and the Interior (acting ) Nuri al-Maliki in his posts this has become a real threat to the Iraqi people. He stressed that «political forces take a clear position from al-Maliki's failure to file security management has become a moral responsibility before it would be a political issue.
The deputy of the Supreme Council Abdul Hussein Abtan, told «life» that «the Council does not agree with Mullah in these situations, attributing the cause to« what the country is going through a crisis lies not overcome bring down the government and complicated matters further. He added: «We are approaching parliamentary elections, which determine the nature of the future government.
And refused to «make any amendment to the date of the elections or extend the mandate of the Prime Minister, in reference to what is being circulated about the possibility of asylum« coalition of state law to extend the mandate of the al-Maliki because of exceptional circumstances.
He stressed the «Maliki need to take quick steps to address the deterioration of security».
He added that «the Supreme Council is a roadmap out of the crisis lies in the parking all the political forces behind the government and security forces, as well as make real reforms in the security institutions, especially the naming security minister and the dimensions of the leaders incompetent by following the principle of reward and punishment».
And refused to relate what the country witnessed the deterioration of security to the political crisis and said that the symbolic meeting sponsored by al-Hakim in June last year and resulted in the reconciliation of the Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi contributed in one way or another and that political stability was relatively ».
It was the leadership of the Council was held last Sunday held an emergency meeting to consider the security situation dangerous of the country, and issued a statement saying that «the Commission announces its deep concern about the security situation deteriorating and calls to expedite the convening of the meeting of the Committee emanating from the National Alliance and the activation of the security measures necessary, and stresses the need to reconsider the security plans and security officials all », the statement stressed the need to address the crisis at its roots, especially in relation to the political situation public and the importance of dialogue to resolve the situation and find appropriate reforms and the importance of readiness for everyone to make the necessary concessions to meet the challenges».
Security developments delayed Maliki's visit to Arbil
Date: August 16, 2013
Announced the Foreign Relations Department official in the Kurdistan Regional Government Falah Mustafa, he has not yet set a date for the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to the region. Mustafa said in a press statement yesterday that «the deterioration of the security and political situation in Iraq, an obstacle to Maliki's visit to Kurdistan ', likely' do-Maliki that the visit and meeting with officials from the region after the stabilization of the situation».
Al-Maliki visited Kurdistan at the head of a government delegation on the ninth of last June and met with the President of the region, Massoud Barzani, who is also visited Baghdad on the seventh of July last year after the agreement on the activation of the joint committees between the Governments of the center and the region.
This comes mutual visits between officials in Baghdad and Erbil after a break of three years because of political differences. And noted some of the media to the determination of al-Maliki to visit Erbil after the Eid al-Fitr holiday for talks on resolving the outstanding problems between the Kurdistan region and the central government.
The MP said the coalition of state law, handy Albulada, that the next parliamentary session that will determine the renewal of the mandate of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki or not.
He Albulada told all of Iraq [where], said that "the mandate of the Prime Minister the issue of premature," adding that "talk about the existence of guarantees entered into by the Maliki with political blocs would get a third term untrue."
He noted that "everything Matrouh at the present time whether a third term for the owners or others, but things become clear after the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections."
And was one of the media had published news on the tongue, a source close Of a coalition of state law indicates that the Islamic Dawa Party led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki mobility is based on a number of political parties to form an electoral alliance guarantees a third term for the owners in the premiership Indicating that "mobility yielded a tentative agreement with Massoud Barzani and Saleh al-Mutlaq, under certain conditions, and that the first signs agreement with Massoud Barzani, is the exclusion of the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani of the presidency of the Committee on Energy.
The source noted that the position of Saleh al-Mutlaq was positive from the alliance expected but stipulated that dropping the charges against the vice president sentenced in absentia Tareq al-Hashemi, Minister of Finance accused Rafie al-Issawi, and that al-Maliki expressed his agreement in principle, but it is obligatory to reject some members of his own party, including Ali al-Adeeb and Sami al-Askari, stressing that Maliki still making efforts to persuade opponents and naysayers of his party members in order to persuade them to move to the implementation of the agreement and the formation of the coalition. according to Helms in the way the media]. "
Baldawi: Next parliament term to determine Maliki's third term as PM
Friday, 16 August 2013 09:26
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mufeed al-Baldawi, of the State of Law Coalition stated that the next parliament term will determine whether the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, will have a third term as the Prime Minister of Iraq or not.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said "Talking about Maliki's third term is too early," noting that "The reports over holding deals between Maliki and some political blocs over this issue is groundless."
"Everything is possible at this time whether it is a third term or not, but it will be clear after the beginning of the next parliament term," he concluded.
Article 140 Committee parliamentary demanding 150 billion dinars
Friday, August 16 / August 2013 09:48
Twilight News / confirmed to the Parliamentary Commission on Article 140, Friday, adherence to the request included an additional 150 billion dinars to the budget of the State Committee for the purpose of completion of the file of compensation.
And distributed to the Commission on Article 140 government last May the amount of 170 billion dinars over eight offices in Iraq, five of them in the southern provinces.
Committee Chairman Mohsen al-Sadoun for "Twilight News", "The House of Representatives voted in the general budget to give $ 150 billion dinars extra to the Commission on Article 140 government of abundance financial realized for the purpose of implementation of its business," he said, adding that his committee "calls for the competent authorities to provide the amount Government Committee. "
Sadoun added, "We are sure that the sale of oil will interview provides financial abundance, so we demand the annexation abundance amounts accruing to the financial allocations of the State Committee and according to the draft federal budget for 2013."
He cited the Iraqi Constitution, ratified in 2005, Article 140, which provides for the normalization of the situation In areas Disputed in other provinces, such as Nineveh and Diyala, and set a time limit expired on the 31st of December / December of 2007 to implement all of the Provisions of the said article of the action, also left for the people of those areas freedom of self-determination of both survival and independent administrative unit or attached to Kurdistan Region Iraq through the organization of a referendum.
Legal Expert: declaration of war and state of emergency powers of the House of Representatives in accordance with Article 61 of the Constitution
16-08-2013 09:29 AM
Baghdad (news) .. confirmed legal expert Ahmed Abbadi The declaration of war and state of emergency in Iraq, the powers of the House of Representatives in accordance with Article 61 of the Constitution, noting that the declaration of a state of emergency be constructive at the joint request of the President and the Prime Minister and submit a report to the House of Representatives.
Ebadi said in a statement received by the Agency (news) copy of it: that approval of the declaration of war and state of emergency is made from the House of Representatives two-thirds majority and based on a joint request from the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister in accordance with Article 61 item IX / A of the Constitution.
He continued: declare a state of emergency for a period of thirty days which can be extended with the consent of them all at once, in addition to authorizing the Prime Minister the necessary powers that enable him to manage the country's affairs in the duration of the declaration of war and state of emergency, and displays the Prime Minister and the House of Representatives actions taken and results in dissuading declaration of a state of war and state of emergency within 15 days of the expiration date on the basis of the ninth with Article 61 / d of the Constitution.
Parliament: the national economy will grow in the coming period and the security situation does not affect the work of companies in the country
16-08-2013 11:47 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Ruled out a member of the Finance Committee MP / National Alliance / Amin Hadi, affected by the security situation on the work of foreign companies operating in Iraq, likely improvement in the national economy and increase its growth in the coming period.
Said Hadi (of the Agency news): that in spite of security breaches that occur from time to time in the country but it did not affect the operation of foreign companies, there are a lot of companies operate and enter into contracts with the ministries and provinces, stressing that the situation in Iraq is not new to the world, but there are security developed countries is much worse than Iraq.
He added: Iraq has the economic resources of a large, including oil, so no fears of a worsening economic potential in the country, but probably will see the Iraqi economy to grow significantly over the coming period, especially after the improvement of the value of the Iraqi dinar against the dollar, it gives a clear indication of the strength of the Iraqi economy.
Iraq has suffered from the deterioration of senior security representing continuous occurrence of explosions in the capital Baghdad and other provinces, which made some economists fear the impact on the security situation on the growth of the economy and the advent of global corporations.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top U.S. priority in the Mideast. However, the prospect that sectarian violence could fuel instability beyond Iraq's borders remains a concern for the Obama administration.
Officials and experts say the White House's attention is focused elsewhere - even as more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the deadliest month since 2008. At Thursday's meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshyar Zebari, one of the main topics was flights of weapons from Iran across Iraqi airspace into Syria and back as well as the threat from al-Qaida fighters along the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Surveys show a majority of Americans favor President Barack Obama's hands-off approach toward Iraq after withdrawing the U.S. military from the country in 2011 after nearly nine years of war, at least $767 billion spent in taxpayer funds and nearly 4,500 U.S. troops killed.
But after hitting a low, if grim, level of violence immediately before the U.S. troops left, attacks have resurged in Iraq at a rate reminiscent of its darkest days. A wave of car bombs killed 33 people and wounded dozens others in Baghdad on Thursday, just the latest assault against a fearful public and a government staggering from sectarian political infighting.
"The security situation in Iraq is deteriorating rapidly and is of significant concern," Sen. Bob Corker, top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday, a day after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other senior Iraqi officials during a trip to Baghdad and Irbil, the Kurdish capital in Iraq's north.
"A United States foreign policy that does not recognize this will be very problematic," said Corker, R-Tenn.
In the 20 months since the troop withdrawal, the U.S. has sought to stay out of Iraqi affairs and engage with its government as Washington would with any other nation. A majority of Americans agreed with that approach, and 58 percent of U.S. adults said in a Washington Post-ABC poll taken in March that the Iraq war had not been worth the fight.
Distracted by a civil war in Syria, a policy pivot to Asia, growing extremism in North Africa and Iran's nuclear ambitions, the White House turned its attention elsewhere.
Egypt, once reliably stable, has disintegrated over deadly street riots and attacks that killed more than 600 people Wednesday during protests over the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Jordan, a key U.S. ally, is threatening to collapse under financial strain caused, in large part, by more than 1 million refugees who have crossed into the country from Syria. The U.S. is also leading peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities, and watching a growing threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. A threat from al-Qaida led to the closing of 19 diplomatic posts across the region last week.
"That's a pretty large agenda," said Jon Alterman, a Mideast expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "Iraq is no longer viewed as central to everything the U.S. cares about in the Middle East. But Iraq is still relevant to a wide range that the U.S. cares about."
U.S. officials say they remain actively involved in Iraq, and have quietly stepped up diplomatic efforts over the last six months. The efforts have included helping Iraq smooth over longstanding disputes it has had with some of its neighbors, including Kuwait and Turkey.
But much of the focus has centered on making sure Baghdad's Shiite-led government remains independent from the Shiite government in Iran and staying out of the civil war in Syria, where Sunni Muslim rebels are seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, an Alawite. Alawites are an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
Washington has repeatedly chastised Baghdad for allowing Iranian planes to fly weapons over Iraqi airspace to Assad's forces, a violation of U.N. sanctions. A senior Obama administration official said Thursday those flights have been greatly diminished since March, but the official could not say immediately how many Iranian planes have been stopped and inspected. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the diplomacy publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Iraq and the U.S. also are discussing how to curb the new rise of al-Qaida in Iraq, an issue that remains one of the most problematic for the region. Intelligence experts have described the terror group's footing in Iraq and Syria as a new al-Qaida hub in the Mideast, one that has sought for years to underscore Baghdad's inability to protect its people.
Most of the attacks in Iraq target government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims and neighborhoods. The administration official said the number of suicide bombings in Iraq has more than tripled over the last months, and it's believed that most of the attackers are coming from Syria.
"Iraq sits at the intersection of regional currents of increasingly turbulent, violent and unpredictable actions," Kerry said Thursday in remarks with Zebari, the Iraqi foreign minister. Kerry said sectarian tensions across the Mideast could "threaten Iraq's stability" if left unchecked.
But Iraq is grappling with its own sectarian tensions that experts say could spawn civil war.
In a report released this week, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group described boiling frustrations among Iraqi Sunnis for being politically sidelined and, in at least one deadly raid in April, targeted by security forces. The report concluded that Sunnis, which account for about 20 percent of Iraq's population, are increasingly resorting to violence and in turn have sparked a backlash from Shiite militias.
"A new wave of violence is engulfing Iraq," the report concluded. "Citizens and politicians alike express fears of a return to sectarian strife."
Zebari, a Kurd who long has played peacemaker between Iraq's Shiite and Sunni Muslim political fronts, acknowledged to reporters Thursday a recent "renewal of violence" in Iraq. But he insisted that his homeland is not returning to civil war.
"We are not going to go there again," he said firmly, referring to the years between 2005 and 2008 when Shiites and Sunnis openly engaged in tit-for-tat attacks that killed tens of thousands of people. In all, at least 117,000 Iraqis were killed between the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion and December 2011, when American troops withdrew.
Even so, Zebari left little doubt that Baghdad does not want to be forgotten among other U.S. foreign policy concerns. He asked for renewed U.S. support for Iraqi security forces and counterterror missions to stand down al-Qaida.
"We've come here to seek your help and support and security cooperation with the Iraqi government," Zebari told Kerry.
Khalil accuses parliament chairmanship of delaying parliament performance
Friday, 16 August 2013 10:33
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Fiyan Khalil, of the Kurdistani Alliance accused the parliament chairmanship of delaying the parliament session by making a long holiday.
She stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "The long holiday of the parliament was not necessary and we respect Ramadan month and the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr was over on last Monday where the parliament had to resume its sessions due to the disturbed situation, but unfortunately the MPs are roaming somewhere in Europe and do not care."
"When the citizens criticize the parliament performance, we do not like it because they are saying the truth," she pointed out, assuring that "If some key officials were busy, the MPs would have to hold the parliament session and continue its agenda."
Fourth session of the meetings of the Coordinating Committee of the diplomatic and political common between Iraq and the United States
16-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Took place today 08/15/2013 in the U.S. capital Washington for meetings of the fourth session of the Commission on the diplomatic and political coordination shared between Iraq and the United States stemming from the strategic framework agreement, headed by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, Ms. Elizabeth Jones. The meeting issued a joint statement, the two sides stressed the depth of the strategic partnership between the two countries and the importance of continuing and strengthening cooperation in various fields in the light of developments in the region.
He also welcomed the U.S. side Bayeva Iraq of its obligations relating to the provisions of Chapter VII and taken important steps contributed significantly to the progress in relations with Kuwait and other neighboring countries, which required the diplomatic efforts exceptional, and stressed his support large for Iraq's efforts to promote and deepen the dialogue with the countries of the region.
He touched on the two sides to international efforts to address the Syrian crisis and discussed the prospects of cooperation, especially with regard to the humanitarian aspect of the crisis and protect the border to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Iraq, and stressed their keenness to continue security cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2012 during a meeting of security and defense committee in common.
He also praised the U.S. side provincial elections that took place earlier this year and pledged to continue providing full support to hold national elections scheduled for next year. He welcomed the fact that the Iraqi government pass legislation attend human trafficking and to continue its efforts to provide security for all the Iraqi people.
The two sides stressed the close economic partnership between the two countries and discussed U.S. President Obama's decision to extend special protection to the Development Fund for Iraq, where the Iraqi delegation stressed its commitment to addressing all outstanding commercial claims in the within stature months to create the appropriate conditions for the end of that protection through the year 2014.
The meeting was attended by the Iraqi side, Mr. Undersecretary for multilateral relations Mohammed Alldorki and legal adviser to the Prime Minister Dr.. Fadel Mohammed Jawad and Legal Counsel d. Mohammed al-Haj Hammoud, Ambassador Mohammed Ali Hakim, the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, Iraq's ambassador in Brussels, the European Union ambassador Mohamed HUMAIMIDI and Luqman Feily Iraq's ambassador in Washington.
And حضرالاجتماع from the U.S. side Ms. Elizabeth Jonesmsaad, and Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq, Iran Mr. Brett Macrik and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and the White House representative and a representative of the Ministry of Defense Pentagon.
Washington announces reduced smuggling of Iraqi weapons to Syria and Baghdad recognizes the existence of the fighters without their consent
15-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
The United States and Iraq on the need to neutralize Baghdad about the crisis in Syria, and to provide support to Iraq to face the security challenges posed by the Syrian conflict.
He said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari said after talks in Washington followed the "Twilight News" that Iran and Hezbollah are trying to ignite a crisis and that he agreed with Zebari not to allow this.
"There is a marked improvement in stopping the smuggling of weapons from Syria to Iraq or from Iraq to Syria, but there is still more work is required in this area."
Kerry stressed the need for "non-acceptance orientation of young Iraqis to Syria." "The Sunni and Shia extremists could threaten stability in Iraq," and emphasized that "the United States will work with the Iraqi government to respond to these attacks and terrorism."
For his part, the Iraqi foreign minister that the Iraqi government "has an independent and impartial position regarding Syria and the crisis" and that it "did not provide money or oil or weapons to the Syrian regime."
He said, "there is not any volunteers Iraqis entering Syria with the consent of the Iraqi government .. there are some militias that drive young people to get involved in the dispute, but not the government."
Zebari asked security support from Washington in the face of "the growing threat posed by al-Qaeda and the Frente de Triomphe and the danger comes from Syria and Iran."
Kerry had said that Iraq has made remarkable progress since his last visit to him in March, although the domestic political atmosphere and Iraq's relations with Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey have improved.
Kerry urged Iraq to "progress not only in the security field, but also in the political and economic issues and the broader constitutional that are still stuck."
For his part, Zebari said, "In the recent period, won a new wave of terrorism thousands of lives., And we are here to assure that Iraq will not slide into a sectarian war (...) will not go backwards."