*** " Evict Maliki " Countdown is 69 Days until the Election ***
Kurdish deputy PM: Kurds ministers in the central gov. will withdraw if the staff' salaries are not paid
Arbil / NINA / Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Rose Nuri Shaways said the ministers of the Kurds would withdraw from the central government if the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region have not been payment.
The Kurdish Rudaw T.V Channel quoted Shaways as saying on the sidelines of the investment and trade Forum , held in Berlin German capital: "The Minister of the Kurds declared their readiness to withdraw from the Iraqi government in the event of not sending the salaries of employees of the province by the central government ."
He declined charging a specific body of not pay the salaries of the staff in the region , saying that " the Kurds do not accuse al-Maliki in this matter , but not sending employees' salaries will negatively affects the central government and the Kurdish citizen will loses the confidence in this government ," describing this move as fault, calling to fix it.
Yawar Denies Clashes Between Army Troops and Peshmerga
Erbil / NINA / Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Regional Government Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar denied on Wednesday 19 Feb. that an armed clashes broke out between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army .
Yawar stressed in a statement by the Ministry, that there was not any armed confrontation between the Ministry of Peshmerga forces and army troops in any area .
He outlined that there was not any kind of meeting or meetings, nor any agreement, or the exchange of official correspondence or official requests, to send troops or an agreement on the formation of joint forces between the KRG and the federal government.
He said , " I am the only spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Guard forces , authorized by the regional president Massoud Barzani , and any news or statement issued by any entity or person is informal , and unimportant.
Breaking news… Senior delegation of Arab League to visit Iraq on Saturday
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 22:22
(AIN) –The Deputy Secretary General of the Arab League, the Ambassador Ahmed Bin Hilli, will visit Baghdad next Saturday accompanied by senior delegation to get acquainted with the situation in Iraq to prepare a report in this regard for the Chairman of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi.
Bin Hilli mentioned in a press conference held in Cairo on Wednesday ''The two day official visit will witness attending the closing celebration related to choosing Baghdad as the capital of Arab culture and meeting several Iraqi officials to discuss with them the situation in Iraq.''
''The Arab League is keen over the unity of Iraq and will monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections in response for the request of Iraq,'' he concluded.
Maliki warns from possible financial crisis all over Iraq due to delay of Budget Law endorsement
Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:20
Baghdad (AIN) –The Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, met Faryad Rawandozi, the leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Head of the Party’s Organization Centre in Baghdad.
A statement by the PUK media reviewed by AIN cited "They discussed a number of important issues during the meeting that tackled the internal situation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, where Maliki stressed the need for unity of the Patriotic Union and to preserve its unity due to its important role in Iraq and the region and its continued support for the democratic process."
"Maliki expressed his readiness to support the leadership of the Patriotic Union to overcome the crisis.They also discussed the relations between Erbil and Baghdad, especially the financial crisis in the region," the statement added.
"Rawandozi asked the Prime Minister to work on finding a solution to the crisis as soon as possible, but that the prime minister linked the solution of this crisis to resolving the oil issue between Baghdad and Erbil," the statement continued.
Maliki warned from possible financial crisis all over Iraq in case they did not reach agreement over the Budget Law," the statement concluded.
*** Faryad Rawandozi is a new " name " to me. Could not find any info about him. The PUK has been in turmoil and may be suffering from a leadership vacuum. The usual leadership names associated with the PUK in the absence of Talabani are his wife Hero, his son or Salih or Raysool. Is this meeting with Maliki intended to " fracture " the Kurdish front ? ***
INA should sign obliging document with Maliki over significant issues, says Hamoudi
Baghdad (AIN) – The leading figure within the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Humam Hamoudi, confirmed the necessity of signing a document by Iraqi National Alliance and the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, to oblige the latter over significant issues adopted by INA.
In his Facebook page, Hamoudi said "It is important for INA to be turned into an institution to set clear program for the next cabinet."
"The Premier should adhere to the decisions of this institution which does not mean that the PM is a tool for the INA rather it means that he should abide the general outlines set by INA," he concluded.
Barzani discusses results of recent negotiations between Baghdad and Arbil with five Kurdish parties
BAGHDAD / NINA / President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani discussed with five Kurdish parties the results of the recent negotiations between the Governments of the center and the region. "
A statement by the Presidency of the Kurdistan region said: , "the meeting took place with representatives of five parties, which are the Islamic Movement in Kurdistan , the Kurdistan Communist Party , the Socialist Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the workers of Kurdistan , and Kurdistan Toilers Party ."
The statement noted " that Barzani discussed with representatives of the five parties, political and economic situation in the region , and the latest developments in the political and security situation in Iraq."
The statement added, " the situation in Syria has been discussed and emphasized the need to develop a common position for political and governmental parties in the region towards the west of Kurdistan , and that the political parties in West Kurdistan should unified position ."
Anbar provincial council renews call for dialogue with the armed factions to reach a solution to the crisis
Ramadi / NINA / Anbar province Council renewed its call to hold a dialogue with some of the armed factions to resolve the crisis and to stop the insurgency in Anbar.
Sabah Karhot, Chairman of Anbar council told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / : " The council is working on several directions to reach a solution to the crisis, first is to isolate the fooled militants from extremist elements , and include those who have been fooled in the pardon when throwing arms."
He added : "The second direction is to restructure institutions and activating the work of the service departments in Fallujah , particularly water and electricity , and allocate extra budget for these departments , in addition to work on the re- displaced " .
Pumping oil from Kirkuk oilfields to Turkey's Ceyhan resumes
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Kirkuk / NINA / The North Oil Company in Kirkuk declared resumption of pumping oil from the Kirkuk oilfields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan after four days for being exposed an act of sabotage near Hadher city south of Mosul .
A source in the company told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the pumping operations of the company across the Iraqi-Turkish resumed as normal today and up to 300 to 325 000 barrels of the total output of 690 000 barrels per day after it was repaired.
The Iraqi-Turkish line is being subjected to sabotage since 2003, but it was doubled over the past year in the region between Baiji and Mosul .