United: Maliki's coalition is the sole beneficiary of the retirement of the chest of political life
Monday, February 17, 2014 09:24
[Baghdad - where]
Considered MP for the coalition united unit Jumaili State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki would be "sole beneficiary" of the retirement of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's political life.
Sadr has declared Saturday and abruptly retired political life and shut down the pan offices in Iraq and not to enter political matters all that does not block represents nor any position within the government nor the parliament and speak otherwise might expose himself to accountability and legal legitimacy, "attributing his decision to" maintain the reputation of Al-Sadr and from end to all evils that have occurred or are likely to fall under the title of martyrs Sadrain. "according to a statement issued.
She Jumaili in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of "person-Sadr can not be king himself, but is the property of the Iraqi people, what we've seen him from the spirit of the national high in the familiar crises of the Iraqi people and work to heal the wounds."
"The decision of the chest Batzalh political life has some serious harm to the parties and of great benefit to other destinations, you lose the block are united in this decision hinterland in the political process, and will rise outweigh the rule of law, it is the sole beneficiary of this decision in the next election."
And crossed the MP for the Uniting for "regret for the decision of al-Sadr announced his retirement from political life", urging him to "reverse this decision and the return of his deputies resigned to the parliament and advancing the voice of truth-speaking."
The number of members of the parliamentary Liberal block of the Sadrist movement have announced their resignations from the House of Representatives and the withdrawal of the nomination of the next parliamentary elections in solidarity with the decision of the chest.
BREAKING NEWS. Haider Mulla excluded from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
BAGHDAD / Nina /--MP, Haidar Mullah for Mottahidoon Lilislah parliamentary bloc has been excluded by the Electoral Judicial commission from contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The semi-official al-Iraqiya,TV channel said " Mullah ruled out from contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections referring this decision to the Electoral Judicial Commission , without explaining the reasons.
It is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on the thirtieth of next April.
Kurds Step Up Negotiations With Baghdad on Oil, Iraqi Budget
ARBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdistan's prime minister and energy head travelled to Baghdad on Monday to intensify efforts to settle a long-running dispute with the central government over the region's oil exports via a new pipeline to Turkey.
Baghdad has threatened to sue Ankara and slash the autonomous region's share of the national budget if exports go ahead through the pipeline without its consent.
The pipeline was completed late last year, and oil has since been pumped through it into storage tanks at Turkey's Ceyhan, but exports from the Mediterranean port are on hold to give diplomacy a chance.
Negotiations have carried on for months with little progress.
As Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami headed for Baghdad, however, one industry source said he foresaw a breakthrough "in a week or two", adding, "If it takes any longer than that, there is a problem."
Crude from Kurdistan used to reach world markets through Baghdad's infrastructure, but exports via that channel dried up due to a row over payments for oil companies operating in the northern enclave.
Since then, the Kurds have been exporting smaller quantities by truck across the border whilst building the pipeline to Turkey and negotiating a multi-billion dollar energy deal with Ankara.
The landmark deal laid the ground for development of the infrastructure for Kurdistan to export some 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil to world markets and at least 10 billion cubic metres per year of gas to Turkey.
The sources said there were some technical issues with the pipeline, including air pockets, which have been resolved and that oil was flowing more or less continuously, albeit in small quantities.
The Kurdish pipeline ties into an existing network controlled by Baghdad that links the northern Kirkuk oilfields to Ceyhan. Both are using the same pumping station, which has caused some problems.
The Kurds plan to install their own pumping station, but it has yet to be commissioned and will take several months to put in place, the sources said.
In Istanbul last week, Barzani and Hawrami met Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who reiterated his commitment to the deal with Kurdistan, according to a statement on the Kurdistan Regional Government's website.
BREAKING NEWS. Maliki receives a Kurdish delegation to looking the tense of relations between the central government and the regional government.
BAGHDAD / Nina /-- Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki received this afternoon a high level Kurdish delegation headed by the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani .
According to a familiar source reporter said :"The both sides discussed during the meeting the basic points of dispute between the governments of the center and the province of Kurdistan as well as the federal budget bill for 2014.
The Kurdish delegation headed by the head of Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani who arrived to Baghdad this afternoon to hold a new round of negotiations with the central government.
Kurdistan reveal Iranian mediation to resolve disputes between Baghdad and Erbil
Baghdad/Al baghdadia news revealed the Kurdistan Alliance of Iranian role in resolving problems between Baghdad and Kurdistan, in particular paragraphs controversial budget law.
A member of the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mahmud Othman Al/news/"Iranian mediation to find solutions on the crisis between Baghdad and Kurdistan."
Osman added that "the Iranian role through a number of Iranian officials through contacts they have with the Central Government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil."
And he noted that "there are signs of temporary solutions and not to subject the budget to pass", noting at the same time that the Iranian role is not new, over the continuing differences between Baghdad and Erbil. "
The "Iranian role has a presence, especially in the budget law for the past two years."
And date visits Kurdish region Baghdad, Othman said "Elzéar e will be in the coming days, for several reasons, and that deviate from the official day is not yet." Finished
Lawmakers and politicians claim President of the Sadr movement to reverse its decision
February 17, 2014
Baghdad-East 17 February: invited deputies and politicians, including former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, head of the national Sadrists President called for Mr. Sadr to reconsider its decision and return to politics to the need for its existence in the political process. in this framework, said Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in Jan he would talk to Mr. Sadr personally to reverse its decision because the quality and balance of current political work in Iraq. The AFP quoted an official from the sadrist Office in Najaf that no one wants to discuss the decision to retire from political life for current leader that a sudden decision, pointing out that all current officials closed the phone and do not want to comment. and another official said a rib that aletar resolution form shock us, and do not know its merits, not its consequences, whether temporarily or permanently.
Barely a day goes by without a heated argument about the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The charge sheet is certainly bolstered by the terrible scenes of carnage in Baghdad and the sense that too little has changed there, judged by extensive corruption which the author, Zaid Al-Ali dubs "the second insurgency," and the consequent snail's pace of renewing basic public services, plus high levels of sectarianism.
The intervention is also seen as having caused fundamental damage to British democracy with the comedian, Russell Brand recently saying we don't have any because the million - some say two million - people who marched to stop the war in February 2003 were ignored. My own mathematical prowess is low but even if you say it was two million and assume that they represented ten times more, it would still be a minority of the British population.
But the key charge is the continued absence of weapons of mass destruction. Some years back an MP in Baghdad told me that he fully expected them to be found in Syria. It would be very convenient indeed if the Assad regime were overthrown, mainly for the sake of the long-suffering Syrian people, but also if it were discovered that WMD had been spirited across the border. Stranger things have happened. It wasn't that long ago that Saddam sent his fighter jets into Iran for safety. I don't know the Farsi for "take a running jump" but it, or something similar was probably used when he asked for their return.
I don't, however, hold out much hope that Iraqi WMD will be discovered in Syria and the bitter domestic debate will continue. We are now limbering up to the release of the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the British role in the intervention. It will be a big moment in British politics with a widespread hope that the smoking gun will be found that proves that Tony Blair lied, having entered a secret compact to do George Bush's bidding.
I don't doubt that Blair expressed support for Bush but such support could take different forms and, in any case - thanks to the then Foreign Secretary Robin Cook who honourably resigned in protest – the decision was subject to parliamentary approval.
Last week, the Lords debated the Chilcot report with some asking why it was taking so long. A former Chair of the powerful Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Lord Anderson, gave us insight from the time when he visited key figures in the Washington establishment at least twice a year between 1998 and 2005.
He concluded that he is "wholly convinced that Tony Blair acted with total integrity and relayed to Parliament and the public the advice that both he and, indeed, I too had received. There may be criticisms that he did not ask sufficiently searching questions of the intelligence services about their sources. Certainly the US Administration relied excessively on exiles and partisan sources such as Mr Chalabi and the Iraqi taxi driver, Mr Rafid al-Janabi. There was much suspicion that the US Administration was seeking revenge on Iraq for 9/11."
Yet much of the discussion about the intervention usually refers to the intervention as having been an illegal and immoral war. My own view is that the morality of overthrowing a genocidal and fascist dictatorship is clear but I am in a minority. As for breaches of international law, I agree with Anderson who told the Lords that "even if in retrospect we recognise that there was greater weight against intervention among those international lawyers who opposed the intervention, there were respected lawyers on both sides of the argument for pre-emption. The inquiry would be well advised, in spite of its excellent legal adviser, not to seek to give a definitive view in this very uncertain field of international law."
Anderson concluded that he fears that "this long-awaited and long-expected inquiry, long delayed for good or bad reasons, may well prove to be no more than an historic document mainly of interest to students of government. Possibly, after an initial flurry of interest in the press and among the public, the waters will close over it...."
I am not so sure that this is likely. The debate about the Iraq war is largely fixed and a significant minority of people think the worst of Blair and Bush. They are amazed when I tell them that "Haji Bush" and Blair are very popular in Kurdistan but it cuts little ice. The salvation and success of Kurdistan are so far too little known.
But even if the Chilcot report fails to definitively define what happened, there is still much merit in urging those with different viewpoints to unite wherever possible in supporting Iraqis who are seeking to salvage their country.
* Gary Kent is the administrator of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). He writes this column for Rudaw in a personal capacity.