Oil Parliament: Priority for solutions to internal disagreements Erbil and Baghdad oil
24-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
(Special) ... The Deputy for the Kurdistan Alliance, the need to find local solutions to the differences between the oil Erbil and Baghdad, especially in relation to the extension of an oil pipeline to the Kurdistan region of Turkey.
The Alliance MP Mohammad Qasim in a statement to the Central Council of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUKcc.org), on Monday, that the differences between the KRG and the federal government in the file of oil and other files, need a continuous dialogue between the two sides, pointing out that the mutual visits between officials of the center and the region to help in resolving the problems and remove the confusion and uncertainty about the outstanding issues and that will help to reach decisions in the interest of the Iraqi people and to remove the obstacles to the political process.
Welcomed MP Mohammad, a rapporteur of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary expected visit of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region Barzani to Baghdad to discuss the issue of the oil pipeline, stressing that Barzani's visit will help to demystify the confusion in the understanding of the subject by the Centre, and will help bridge the gap in viewpoints between Erbil and Baghdad about the subject.
He pointed out that MP Mohammad federal government does not understand the subject, stressing that the upcoming visit Najirfan important and will help to clarify the facts and a lot of things on a project to extend the oil pipeline.
And MP Mohammed that in the interest of Arbil and Baghdad that the solutions are local and national initiatives, but this does not mean that the views and proposals of others, pointing out that the proposed Turkish-backed America on oil revenue source through the pipeline, is one of the solutions and alternatives to resolve the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad, stressing that he would prefer to solve the issue proposals and initiatives mainly internal basis.
Turkey had proposed to the Minister for the San capacity, Taner Yildiz, last week, put the oil export revenues of the Kurdistan region, in a special bank account owned by the Turkish state, then distributed between the KRG and the federal government in Baghdad.
Hamid Buffy: to challenge the election law, the House of Representatives would negatively affect the political process and the democratic life
25-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
He said the Kurdistan Alliance MP d. Adel Hamid Buffy the appeal in the parliamentary election law would negatively affect the political process and democracy in Iraq, noting that political party may pay entities and individuals are encouraged to challenge the law to achieve their goals and get goals.
He explained in a statement on Monday: The political process in Iraq is still beset by the dangers of internal and many regional, and democratic life is other than a well-established on the ground, but is closer to the logos of them to practical applications and the hard facts, especially in the field of human rights and preservation of the dignity and the rights of the ingredients and the care interests, and national reconciliation, and abide by the constitution and the law, and the establishment of the armed forces and security services, and collective participation in decision-making task of the federal government and the balance Almkoonati in its institutions, and the independence of the Iraqi decision about the effects of the regional surroundings.
He Buffy: The Law Council of Representatives elections has been subjected during the procedures enacted to pressure from the internal and external parties in order to proceed according to the wishes and interests of certain parties away from the text of the Constitution and the spirit and the fairness and transparency, and the blocks and the deputies, but they agreed on the final version of the law they are dissatisfied, but in order to preserve the rest of the manifestations of democracy and not the collapse of the entire political process, and order them on the importance of holding the parliamentary elections on schedule, and in solidarity with the aspirations of the masses in the elections, perhaps carry with them what is in the interest of citizens.
And: there are places glitch many in the law to allow for any party or person may appeal against it to the Federal Supreme Court, including the fact that the law did not make Iraq a single constituency as stated in the Constitution (Article 49) in order to achieve justice and electoral denominator uniform and representing the Attorney Iraqi people, the whole word Pursuant to, but teams of law and the Iraqis dispersed in various departments of the narrow interests of a national non-partisan and zonal and others.
He continued, as the law did not take into account the rights and interests of the Iraqi components authentic (in accordance with Article 49 of the Constitution) In law injustice clear right Faili Kurds and Yezidis and the Shabak, as well as the component of the Armenian, who has a seat quota in the Parliament of Kurdistan, as it did not approve of political parties and parliamentary blocs on the quota seats or increase them in spite of persistent attempts of the Kurdistan Alliance and Kurdish blocs and other resistance and defense of the ingredients.
He pointed out: that the law did not include requiring the federal government - according to the jurisdiction of constitutional exclusive according to Article 110 / IX - conducting the general census of the population, despite the claims of the Kurdistan pressing, no doubt that any election does not depend on the census scientific negligible according to international standards considered, on what basis is granted as well as the number of seats for the province of Doe or that? .
He explained: that the number of members of the Board has increased the ability of capable and illegally to 328 seats, a number that my husband is an individual and all parliaments and parliaments in the world's number of seats (tendon and not Sheva).
He Buffy: that these irregularities and problems to allow for any person or entity may challenge the law in Federal Court, and I think they will gain the case because the law in which considerable disruption and clear, especially since the point of influential were not want originally in the legislation of the law because they are taking advantage of the current situation in one way or another , so they put obstacles in order to enact the law in various flimsy arguments, and here it has paid this party entities and encourages people to challenge the law to achieve their goals and get goals.
He continued that any appeal against the law will delay the elections and thus hurt the political process and democratic life, and that the importance of these timelines have political observers and the international community, by the wish, but I demand that the elections are held on schedule and that the power is delivered and circulation Bslmah fully, and to be able next government provision of services and the provision of Security of the people, and the development of the country in line with the size of the public budgets, and to exercise the constitutional powers of the federal government with professionalism and patriotism of not exceeded the powers of local governments in the regions and governorates that are not organized in a region, and to work on combating financial and administrative corruption.
National Bloc white announces its presence extraordinary session of parliament next Thursday
25-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
White announced the National Bloc, on Monday, welcomed the invitation presidency of the parliament for an extraordinary session to discuss the crisis, the rains that swept the provinces of Iraq last week, confirming the presence of the session are critical.
A spokesman for the Bloc MP Kadhim al-Shammari in a press release of the Office of the mass media, that "the presidency of the parliament responded kindly to our demand to convene an extraordinary session in the presence of the relevant authorities to discuss the crisis, the rains that swept through a number of governorates of Iraq."
"The Mantmanah that the meeting be held with the dimensions of a professional and away from the charges or speeches media and that is focus on solutions that can be applied effectively to the non-recurrence of such a tragedy, especially as the Altbaat indicate that more of those waves rain during this season."
He said al-Shammari "the need to attend all the political blocs to the meeting and are asking all the ideas that could benefit from them and discuss them in a professional manner," stressing the presence of the national white session with conceptualize would be put forward as solutions to the crisis through real interaction in order to serve the citizen and relieve him of this nightmare the cause of his suffering added to the suffering of the many. "
When I began visiting the Kurdistan Region in 2006, one big issue was how best to deal with its awkward neighbour, Turkey. We heard stories of people finding it difficult to cross the border. One trade union delegation, delivering a fire engine to Erbil, was delayed for a day at the border without food or water. It was all pretty petty stuff but more serious dangers simmered. Just five years ago, 100,000 Turkish troops were poised on the border with the Kurdistan Region.
Today, about 200,000 Turkish workers live there as employees of hundreds of Turkish companies that are making the most of its booming economy. Recently, President Barzani made an historic trip to the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey for a joint appearance with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. A once banned Kurdish singer provided the music as Kurdish and Turkish flags fluttered together.
Very soon, oil from Kurdistan will flow by pipeline into Turkey, further boost Iraqi prosperity and supply Turkey with much needed energy resources. The Taq Taq field in Iraqi Kurdistan, which I visited with a cross-party group of MPs recently, could provide much of Turkey's daily energy needs and is operated by an Anglo-Turkish company, Genel Energy. Warmer links with Turkey can also bolster the peace process between the Turkish Government and the PKK.
Warmer links with Turkey can also bolster the peace process between the Turkish Government and the PKK.
Commerce is overcoming ancient enmities and tensions. International policy makers should catch up with the implications of the historic rapprochement between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Turkey - a rare bright spot in the Middle East.
However, there is many a slip twixt cup and lip. Some in Baghdad have long been obstructive towards the successes of the Kurdistan Region, although its leaders decided when Iraq was liberated to remain in Iraq- a tough call given the genocidal campaign waged against them from Baghdad, chiefly by Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi Kurdish leaders have done much to consolidate the country as a whole and have brokered deals that have given Baghdad what stability it has. But successive deals have been dishonoured by Baghdad. Pathways to solve the issue of the status of disputed territories such as Kirkuk, which was forcibly Arabised in the 1960s, have been kicked into the long grass. The Kurds are entitled to 17% of all Iraqi revenues but generally receive about 10%, not even reliably, and don't benefit proportionately from pan-Iraq programmes.
Some in Baghdad describe oil exports from Kurdish territory as smuggling and may yet seek to block them. The KRG is adamant that all it does is within the provisions of the 2005 constitution endorsed overwhelmingly by the Iraqi people. The many major international companies would not be in Kurdistan if they thought their contracts were illegal.
In any case, the oil and gas remains the property of the Iraqi people, however it is exported, and Baghdad will get its fair share. The country as a whole can benefit from Kurdish dynamism.
Some in Baghdad claim that economic independence will lead to the Kurds declaring political sovereignty. This would be difficult for a landlocked country and its neighbours and America probably wouldn't back it. Yet, bureaucratic obstruction of Kurdish growth could make this fear a self-fulfilling prophecy. The best way to keep the Kurds is to acknowledge their rights and allow them to succeed. People in Basra are also challenging the Baghdad knows best approach.
The rapprochement between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey is a powerful signal for British parliamentarians of the enormous strides that have been made.
Nothing much will change before the scheduled parliamentary elections across Iraq next April. Once they are concluded, friends of Iraq should support full implementation of federalism that can assist the Kurds as they make further historic change for the benefit of themselves, Iraq and the wider Middle East.
The rapprochement between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey is a powerful signal for British parliamentarians of the enormous strides that have been made. Many British MPs enthusiastically endorse Turkey's accession to the European Union - a very long-running saga. If this were to happen, the Kurdistan Region would be an immediate neighbour of the EU, assuming, that is, Britain doesn't decide to leave the EU in the proposed referendum in 2017.
It has been a very long journey for the Kurdistan Region. What diplomats might call misperceptions have marred relations but can be overcome. One irony is that if Turkey had allowed others to use its territory to enter Iraq in 2003 British troops could have been based in the Kurdistan Region. The story of the Iraq war would then have been very different in Britain.
Anyway, that's now history. The important point is that Turkey and the Kurdistan Region are carving a future for themselves and many in Britain can see that it is a game changer for those directly concerned and the wider world. About time too.
* Gary Kent is the administrator of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). He writes this column for Rudaw in a personal capacity.
Kirkuk MP denies any political deal to determine the fate of Kirkuk
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, from Kirkuk's Arabs, Omar al-Jubouri denied political deal to determine the fate of Kirkuk.
He said in a press conference today that " there are some politicians in Kirkuk launched false information about the future of Kirkuk and created lies about political deals about the future of the province," denying the validity of this news, saying "it's just lies."
He added that "The constitutional status of Kirkuk is kept and insured under the legal provisions in force, specifically paragraph V of Article 23 ."
He called the sons of the Arab component not to believe those lies that are meant to weaken the unity and misled them.
Seshko Anbar delegation to the owners today reinforcing weakness
25-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Anbar (Iraq) / Happy Shaker
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Anbar province, Faleh al-Issawi: A delegation from the Council will visit today (Monday, November 25, 2013) of the capital Baghdad, in response to the invitation issued by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to the local government in Anbar.
The deputy chairman of the Council Faleh al-Issawi yesterday (Sunday) in a statement to «the future»: The delegation headed by the governor of Anbar, Ahmed al-Dulaimi, accompanied by a number of members of the council will visit Baghdad on Monday for a meeting with the Prime Minister and discussed a number of files, notably the security file and the service in the province.
He said al-Issawi said the delegation will demand the Prime Minister as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to support the security forces with weapons and advanced equipment to fight terrorism and armed groups and supporting the leaderships of Anbar, the island and the desert helicopters fighting for control of Iraq's borders with neighboring countries, especially as the Anbar province owns vast land with those countries.
Erbil-Ankara Expected to Finalize Oil Export Deal
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Region is expected to finalize a deal this week to export oil and gas to Turkey as Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani arrives in Ankara. A well-placed source told Rudaw that Barzani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will seal the final deal allowing exports of Kurdistan’s oil through a recently completed pipeline to Turkey and from there to the world market. Upon his return from Ankara, Barzani is expected to visit Baghdad and discuss the details of the agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Industry reports say that the pipeline, taking Kurdish oil to the Turkish point of Ceyhan, will initially carry 150,000 barrels a day, starting next month. Baghdad opposes any direct oil deals by the autonomous Kurdistan Region, but Barzani has reassured that the agreement between Erbil and Ankara is beneficial to all Iraqi people. Last week, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that the Iraqi people will benefit from the oil deals that are signed with the Kurdistan Region. “The Iraqi government will also get a copy of all receipts of all money kept in Turkish banks,” he said. At a press conference last week, Barzani said that Iraq must pass the oil and gas law that has been sitting in parliament for years. International observers believe that the export of oil and gas will give the Kurdistan Region greater political and economic autonomy. The region is currently dependent on 17 percent of Iraq’s federal budget to run the local government. Since 2007, Erbil and the central government have been at loggerheads over the autonomous region’s natural resources. Iraqi leaders say that Baghdad has the sole authority over the country’s oil and gas, while the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) argues that the constitution grants it the right to extract and export Kurdistan’s own oil. Kurdistan’s Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami has stressed in the past that Kurdish oil exports should not worry Baghdad because the revenues are shared with the central government. Rudaw has learned that Hawrami was in Ankara last week to arrange the final details for this week’s agreement between Barzani and Erdogan. Yildiz also said earlier this month that his government was planning to mediate between Erbil and Baghdad over outstanding energy issues. "We are trying to establish a method which we believe will counter the concerns of the central Iraqi government,” he said. “So far, the Kurdistan Regional Government and central government have not been able to establish the system they wished," Reuters quoted Yildiz as saying. “The distribution of the revenues would be carried out by Iraq; we would only hold these deposits at a Turkish state bank," the Turkish energy minister added. Kurdish leaders have complained that the central government has failed to pay the fees of foreign oil companies operating in the Kurdistan Region, estimated at $5 billion. Earlier this month, Erbil and Ankara finalized a comprehensive energy package that includes the building of a second pipeline connecting the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas to the world market via Turkey.
An emergency meeting on flooding rains and moves to call al-Mutlaq
25-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad (Iraq) / Ahmed Mohamed
I decided the presidency of the Iraqi parliament held an emergency session Thursday to discuss the crisis, the rains and floods that swept the country, as well as hosting the Minister of Municipalities and a number of governors and heads of provincial councils affected by the crisis, but lawmakers others told «future» The emergency special session include claims summon Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs Saleh al-Mutlaq and upload responsibility lag in follow-up operations and the failure of the discharge of water sanitation projects.
The decision of Parliament MP Mohammad Al-Khalidi's «future» yesterday (Sunday) that the emergency meeting will be held next Thursday to host the Minister of Municipalities and governors and heads of local councils to develop appropriate solutions for not Tkaralakhtae in the problem of drainage of rain water and hold accountable those responsible for negligence for the reluctance to address the flooding on the grounds that the House of Representatives The duty of the executive departments accountable lagging.
Chalabi: Obama did not want to show al-Maliki on Iran and Syria, and said to him: «cared Bashrkaúk»
25-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad (Iraq) / Marwa Hussein
Detection Congress leader of the Iraqi National MP Ahmad Chalabi details new and exciting about the circumstances of the recent visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Washington and the sudden return to Baghdad the day before the deadline, and refused the U.S. side bear the costs of accommodation and forcing the Iraqi delegation to pay bills hotel.
Chalabi said in an interview televised dialogue program introduced by one of the Iraqi satellite television on Saturday evening, and I followed «future» When you are generous to describe Maliki's visit to Washington, it «unsuccessful and advised him it was wrong».
He added that Chalabi, al-Maliki asked the U.S. side to determine the date of the visit since late last summer and twice did not respond positively, but insisted upon. He pointed out that Maliki's office contact Berat Makarig Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq, which Congress rejected his candidacy for the post of U.S. ambassador to Iraq to take over the promotion of the visit, noting that the Office of the Vice President Joe Biden embraced mediation also through Tony Pellnkn a deputy national security adviser, now has been set for visit.
He revealed the leader of the Congress Party for the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties involved in foreign policy and security in Congress have written a letter written to President Obama, published to coincide with the date of the visit have criticized the Iraqi government in its policy and its relationship with partners also criticized the deal the government with issues of sectarianism, Mini practically «the presence of severe criticism the performance of the political government in Iraq ».
Chalabi added that according to the information that we received from the U.S. side that Biden understand the Prime Minister during the first meeting that there was a catastrophic failure of the policy of security and services and the Iraqi economy and that U.S. support in the past and preference will not be present this time.
The MP said the Iraqi and U.S. officials have described Maliki's meeting with Congress 'bad' was not very successful and there is no where understandings. He pointed out that one of the senators said, does not absorb from the other party to the problems that concern us in Iraq (in reference to al-Maliki).