A new oil line strengthens the position of Kurdistan in the dispute with Baghdad
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil - Baghdad - Reuters:
Will promote a new pipeline to export oil position the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq because of Siderh revenue of more than the region's share of total Iraqi oil revenues received from Baghdad, which might be a turning point strengthens its position in seeking a long-running toward independence.
And raised the Kurdistan region's autonomous since 1991, the wrath of the central government in Baghdad has repeatedly threatened to secede even them, but nevertheless condemns beholden to Baghdad for receiving a share of the budget of the OPEC member Iraq, amounting to $ 100 billion. This situation may change soon. The Kurds already achieved revenues of approximately $ billion of the region's oil, which was transported by truck through Turkey to the world market and as soon as the driver starts the new pipeline at the end of the year you'll Kurdistan approximately this amount every month.
The pipeline is a sign of thinking about the growing independence of the territory may bring him self-sufficiency, although that in itself will not be enough to achieve the independence you dream of the Kurds. The source said oil in Kurdistan, who asked not to be identified "will be a catalyst for oil independence and is not a reason for it. Said Falah Mustafa, head of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Kurdistan Regional Government said that although the pipeline strengthens the Kurdish position
Dreams of independence must be set realistic thinking. He told Reuters, "can not be deprived of the economic and political independence. Do not want the region to be at the mercy of Baghdad, while threatening to cut our budget every day." "We deserve an independent state, but it is not easy to go in that way before we become ready and become democratic countries of the entire region. We are realists."
Washington fears and Baghdad to lay the pipeline precedent that could later lead to the partition of Iraq. Has delegated the province of Nineveh - which is under the authority of the central government - in recent times their portfolios in signing contracts with oil companies متتبعة the footsteps of Kurdistan. The Government of the Kurdistan region of its commitment to being part of a democratic federal state in Iraq and says that the decentralization of power is the only way to prevent the disintegration of the country. He drastically and the Minister of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government during a visit to Britain this month that all oil revenue sharing in accordance with the Federal Constitution and economic independence of Kurdistan are the way to the unity of Iraq. However, there is not yet a mechanism for payments of oil sales through the new pipeline. The Kurds say they will take their dues and send the rest to Baghdad, which is the opposite of the current process under which the central government to distribute revenues. The Kurds initially aims to pump 150 thousand barrels per day of crude oil through the new pipeline, which extends 281 kilometers (174 miles) in the territory of Kurdistan from the field "Taq" oil to converge area where the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. With the companies to increase production and the development of the infrastructure is expected to increase exports to the target level at one million barrels per day by 2015 and then to two million barrels per day by 2019. And caused the of Kurdistan firm policies in the field of energy in angering Baghdad, which has threatened to cut ties with Turkey and depriving the region of its share amounting to 17 percent of the budget if exports went ahead through the new pipeline without their consent. KRG complain that they receive only about 11 percent of the budget anyway. It is expected that a budget for Iraq in 2014 about $ 150 billion and will increase with the growth of oil exports, which account may change the share of the Kurds, who then will receive more from Baghdad.
Maliki meets with Brahimi, confirming Iraq's readiness to support his efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis
BAGHDAD / NINA / Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki hopes to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis , which would spare the Syrian people more tragedies and pains.
Maliki said, during a meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary -General of the United Nations in Syria, Lakhdar El-Brahimi in his office on Monday 21, Oct, " after military options reached to a dead-end and the growing convictions to reach a political solution to the crisis, make the chances of solution and the potential success of peace initiatives more palatable ," stressing that "Iraq is ready to support the international envoy 's efforts to achieve a political solution assured for all Syrians and the region. "
For his part, Brahimi called for concerted efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis , hoping to convene / GENEVA conference 2/ at the end of next month. "
Brahimi called for "Iraqi help and support efforts for a peaceful solution and to encourage all parties , including the Syrian regime to make concessions to reach solution , adding that the political solution represents the interests of all parties."
The Special Representative of the Secretary- General of the United Nations in Syria , Lakhdar El-Brahimi had arrived today to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi officials on the developments of the Syrian crisis,.
Iranian Officials Debate Confidentiality of P5+1 Talks
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Arash Karami
The general insistence that the details of the negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) that took place last week remain confidential has begun to cause controversy inside Iran.
Reformist Shargh wrote, “Kahyan newspaper sees the talks being confidential and the smiles of the West after the negotiations being proof of the loss and concessions of the Iranians, a member of parliament’s National Security Commission [NSC] not being informed of the details has complained and the speculation of the Western media about the amount of enrichment and acceptance of additional protocols has thrown salt into the wounds of critics.”
Kayhan is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is leading the negotiations, told Al-Monitor Friday that details of the proposal reported by an Iranian source had “little in common with reality.”
Shargh continued that some parliament members have supported the talks remaining confidential. Conservative parliament member Ahamd Tavakoli said, “Wisdom requires that this happen. Before the diplomatic negotiations reach any results, should we yell about it in the streets? This is very reasonable, and it should be done.”
Ali Asghar Zaeri, a member of the hard-line Endurance Front who was part of former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili’s presidential campaign, said, “Experience has shown that the contents of the talks is published by P5+1. Therefore, the loyalty of the negotiating countries to the Zionists is obvious. We have trust in our negotiation team, but there is no reason that when the opposing side gives information to the Zionist regime, the Iranian side would not give information to Iranian officials and journalists.”
Another member of the NSC has attempted to take a neutral stance on that matter. Avaz Heydarpour explained, “The negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 have always been confidential.” He added, however, that “Zarif should in a managed way transfer information about the negotiations to sections of the people and officials.”
Seyed Bagher Hosseini, another member of the NSC, also defended the position, saying, “Of all of the diplomatic negotiations, the contents that were presented have essentially remained confidential, and parts of the negotiations were disclosed for public awareness. Talks being confidential until they reach a final result is customary all over the world, and the talks in Geneva have been like all other talks. It being confidential is natural.”
After the Geneva negotiations, Zarif was unable due to health reasons to attend a session with the NSC to report on the progress of the negotiations. Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbs Araghchi and Majid Takhtravanchi, who is on the negotiating team, went in his place.
Last week, Ghanoun wrote that much of the controversy over the negotiations and debate over its confidential nature have more to do with the fact that the parliament wants to send a representative along with the negotiation team. The article stated that many officials and institutions believe these negotiations have the potential to be successful and are seeking to not only take part in them, but more importantly, to receive a portion of the credit.
Peshmerga "will not participate in the Iraqi delegation will visit Washington
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - The Gulf:
The Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq that none of the leaders of security or military will not join the Iraqi delegation will visit the United States of America the end of this month under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga team spokesman Jabbar Yawar said in a statement, that there was no representative from the ministry or any other military figure of the region accompanied by a delegation of Iraqi Prime Minister during his decision to the United States. He explained that the Ministry of Peshmerga were not and do not constitute part of the Iraqi weapons contracts, and the except weapons territory, they do not have any share of funds, equipment and ammunition, supplies, and salaries. He pointed out that the Kurdistan region have yet to conclude any deal to buy weapons with any global state.
Hassan Alawi: American administration used (Call) and not visit at the invitation of the Iraqi official
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Independent MP Hassan Alawi mechanism used by the U.S. administration in extending invitations to Iraqi officials to visit as interference in the door of the recall and not the visit, noting that this mechanism detract from the sovereignty of Iraq.
He said in a statement today that: In the follow-up mechanism that announced what was considered as a visit to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi to the United States, we find that they intervene in the door calling more of them in the door of the visit, because the visits in such a case must conducted through the Foreign Ministries of the two countries, Vassador transferred the call to Foreign Minister diplomatically known, but the way in which the United States These mechanisms of the occupation that uses the phone and are advertised on the visit after a telephone call conducted by a U.S. official with the Iraqi official, which means that this is included in the Call door.
The Upper: have long been using these methods in Iraq British during the monarchy when he was prime minister candidate goes to London ahead of the formation of the ministry or such declaration his resignation from the ministry, despite the presence of the British ambassador in the country, which had a big role in the life policy, and in fact The British administration in all circumstances used diplomatic means more than it does Americans today, noting that the role of the U.S. ambassador in such calls seem non-existent, and this means that the U.S. administration is still considering the mentality of occupation and Iraq and his تابعان her, so did not need to be pursing diplomatic means known in the world, and this detracts from Iraq's sovereignty as an independent state and even longer disregard blatant administering Iraq, and did not move, unfortunately, officials in the political class of this, whether the Prime Minister or the President of the House of Representatives or the other in the protest on these roads humiliating to the concept of the state and beyond international law and norms diplomatic set by the Geneva Conventions and Vienna in diplomatic engagement.
He continued: Call The reason is clear that the political class in Iraq is about to lose the reins of control over the country after these things daily attacks continued and after severe conflicts and disputes that are currently plaguing Iraq.
He added: The reality that the White House will provide some guidance and suggestions to Iraqi officials to work in the light, and I think that the political class is not interested in these proposals because they are busy managing transactions financial hit - in the words responsible for the Iraqi file in the European Union, Mr. Stevenson told a news conference in Brussels last week - 800 million dollars a week or 42 billion dollars annually, فالمسؤول Iraqi busy this size large fiscal could not pay attention to political action, and for this I say to the Iraqi public opinion that the political class in Iraq are not given the political importance only to the extent walking, The priority for the management of its interests major financial needs time, he is to Aydaa to protests and to this information revolution facing the authority, which could be ridden by any other government, and for this it is fair to be called the political class in Iraq layer Financial, noted that part of them coming from the back streets and the world of poverty, and found themselves in front of the legendary figures of the money that needs time and long experience and use Pmaviac to manage, and is not expected them to provide solutions to our problems are political class financial rather than political.
And: that Iraq will remain stalled in a اللادولة, and the United States more knowledgeable that Iraq still revolves around the same did not come out of the (state to state), on the contrary trends Iraqi political give the impression to go bad about the dismantling of the state and what is left of them from institutions, most recently the U.S. extend an invitation to major Council of Ministers and the House of Representatives, similar to the call-up instead of dealing with Iraq as an independent state, according to diplomatic ways known in international law.
The upper continued: Hence I call upon public opinion and the Liberal politicians and members of the House of Representatives and national media organizations to raise their voices to protest this humiliating way for Iraq and Iraqis.
Susan Saad calls for the adoption of the pension law in today's session
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Called the National Alliance MP Susan Saad House of Representatives approval of the pension law for half-an important segment of Iraqi society to provide a decent living for this layer.
She said in a press statement that "it is scheduled to witness the meeting of the Council of Representatives today the first reading of the public pension law, and is this important and necessary law should the Council approval as soon as possible to do justice to such a large segment of society."
She expressed the hope that accelerates the Council in its resolution before the Council is prescribed in the public discussion of the budget.
Saad called on council members to approve this law, and that the for ICON in front of them but justice to this slide, indicating that if Makedmana the interest of the citizen to factional interests, I think that the council can approve the dozens of laws in record time.
Mohammadi is expected to adopt the previous law for the upcoming elections
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Predicted MP for the coalition united Dr. Walid Abboud Mohammadi, the adoption of the previous law in the conduct of the electoral process in next April, ruling out at the same time voting on the proposal to amend the election law in the parliament session.
Mohammadi said in a statement today that "there will be only amendment to paragraphs requested by the Federal Court, the former will be the adoption of the law in the conduct of the electoral process in April next year."
Mohammadi wished that "settle the parliament in its next election law."
Liberal parliamentary accuses the government of "weakening" the work of the House of Representatives and its oversight role
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Confirmed the Liberal bloc in Parliament, on Tuesday, the House of Representatives deficient in this current session through the performance of legislative and regulatory duties, accusing the government of "undermining" the work of Parliament and its oversight role.
The MP said the bloc Hussein Sharifi in a statement issued today, and received "Alsumaria News", a copy of "The House of Representatives falling short in this session the performance of his duties legislative, regulatory, and there are many reasons behind this failure, including the dispute between the political blocs on the law," noting "The presidency of the Council were not able to pass those laws, which led to the delay approval."
He accused Sharifi government to "weaken the work of Parliament and its oversight role by disrupting the implementation of laws," noting that "there are important laws should be adopted during the remaining life of the Parliament for being serve the citizens and the political process as the law of the public pension and parties and the Federal Court and others."
The Liberal block of the Sadrist movement demanded, in the October 20, 2013, the heads of parliamentary blocs to focus on three laws "important", including the election law, as called for hosting the Presidency of the Council of the judiciary in parliament.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives and failed several times, to vote on important laws such as the law on parliamentary elections and the law of parties, because of the incompatibility of the political blocs on the paragraphs.
"Al Qaeda" threatens to invade Anbar and the opening of borders Iraq - Syria
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / obelisk: continue the "Al Qaeda" security اختباراته in Iraq, in parallel with dozens of attacks detonated car bombs a day, seeks to carry out major operations pave the way for the occupation of whole cities, on the Iraqi side of the border - Syria.
The Iraqi security forces announced yesterday, thwarting an attack for "Al Qaeda" was aimed at control of the government compound in Fallujah, east of Anbar, has dozens of gunmen managed to control it for hours.
The security authorities have confirmed in Anbar: "cleanse the perimeter electricity department and the police directorate in Fallujah of terrorist elements, and killed seven people, including three suicide bombers, and confirmed the stability of the situation in the city."
But the nature of the attack, which came after a bloody night in Baghdad that left dozens dead and wounded with a series of suicide bombings, most notably in the Amil district, southwest of the capital, indicating the organization's intention to carry out major operations in preparation for his return to the cities.
Fallujah attack came weeks after the success of dozens of militants in the storming of security sites in the towns of Rawa and pubic subsidiaries to Anbar province.
He admitted deputy head of the provincial council Salih al-Issawi, the seriousness of the situation, he said, told media, "The police were guarding the local government compound in Fallujah, could not stop the attack, which was carried out by suicide bombers."
He added: "After an hour of the incident and rapid intervention forces arrived to the compound and was able to expel the insurgents and control of the situation and a blanket ban imposed curfew in the city until further notice."
"It was" Al Qaeda "broadcast during the last days documentary film about an attempt to storm past modern, and appeared in the film dozens of militants for the organization moving cars bearing the logo of the Special Forces (SWAT) and dressed in military uniforms, what enabled them to bypass checkpoints and access to the city center.
Issawi said that "Anbar witness a tragic security situation because of the increasing activity Qaeda, which has become the lead," and warned that "the security system in danger of collapse because of the growing armed groups and the inability of the security forces deployed by the thousands to control the situation." He pointed out that "the existence of a terrorist plot to overthrow the Anbar province, the quality of operations begins to topple the government institutions and services and police stations. Has begun stormed towns Ana and Rawa middle of last month."
"Capabilities of al-Qaeda", who works in Iraq and Syria as the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," described by the official in Anbar as "enormous", and stresses that clerics and tribal leaders in the province, which is a strategic objective of a major organization, not on the level restore prestige that كسرتها clans (Awakening) after 2008, but also for the great goal, which seeks to achieve, through the control of cities and towns scattered on both sides of the border between the two countries.