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Iraq bolsters Kurdish budget to settle financial dispute
04 March 2014 19:57 (Last updated 04 March 2014 19:59)
Central government and Kurdish Regional Government in budget row over oil exports revenue.
The Iraqi government approved Tuesday the transfer of US$200 million to the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) budget in a bid to resolve conflict between the two parties over oil exports and budget distribution.
The government has decided to transfer US$800 million to Anbar province to compensate for damages from clashes between the army and rebel groups and US$200 million to the KRG to boost oil companies in the region, Iraqi legislator Jawad Al-Bazouni said at a press conference Tuesday.
"I hope the conflict will be resolved," he added.
Relations between Baghdad and Irbil have been strained since early 2013, when Iraq's parliament passed a budget for the Kurdish region over Kurdish officials' objections.
Tension mounted over Irbil's right to export oil independently of the central government as the Kurdish side attempted to sign an oil export deal with Turkey.
The Kurdish administration maintains it has a constitutional right to sign export deals without the prior approval of Baghdad, which refuses to acknowledge agreements signed between Irbil and foreign oil companies.
A quarter of a trillion dinars for oil companies in Kurdistan
PM: 01:32:04 / 03/2014
MP for the National Alliance, Jawad Albzona, that the government developed new amounts within the budget, including a trillion Iraqi dinars for Anbar province, and a quarter trillion to the Kurdistan region to oil companies operating in the region. " said Albzona at a news conference in the House of Representatives "The National Alliance has the responsibility not to pass the budget for not attending the hearing tomorrow by the absence of 50 deputy of his deputies, "adding that" the past year has been approving the budget in the presence of a majority of the members of the National Alliance and the presence of 11 deputy of the Iraqi and the absence of the Kurds. " and called Albzona religious leaders and citizens to "put pressure on their representatives in the coalition national who owns a majority of seats to attend the meetings of the Council, "pointing out that" it is possible to draft financial budget in hearings although not Muavqh the Presidency if the request of the National Alliance that. " announced Albzona that "the government has developed new amounts on the budget, including the trillion Iraqi dinars for Anbar province, and a quarter trillion to the Kurdistan region to be given to oil companies operating in the region. "
Albzona: Cabinet sent new amendments to the budget by one billion and 250 million dollars
Editor Amjad Salah - Tuesday 4 March 2014 15:23
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
revealed independent MP Jawad Albzona Tuesday, sending Cabinet amendments to the budget to the House of Representatives by one billion and 250 million dollars, and in the time in which he noted that the amendments raised the budget deficit, expected to include the budget on the agenda next week for approval , while called a representative for the Kurdistan Alliance to re-budget law to the Council of Ministers for review again. said Albzona in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The Council of Ministers sent to the House of Representatives new amendments to the budget," he said, adding that "the amendments included a billion dollars earmarked for Anbar province emergency for the current year only, while the allocation of 250 million dollars to the Kurdistan region. " added Albzona that "amendments that would raise the budget deficit to more than 36 billion dollars after it was 35 billion dollars," expected to "be the inclusion of the budget on the agenda next week for approval. " For his part, said the Kurdistan Alliance MP Khalil Mahma, during a press conference at the parliament building and attended "Alsumaria News", that "the doors of the budget suffers from a disorder of the doors of the exchange, will affect the safety of the Iraqi economy , "noting that" the budget law has not been completed so far, which confirms that the main reason for the failure to pass the budget is the lack of an integrated project in origin, in addition to the unrest evident in their doors. "
He Khalil "regretted that the draft budget continued to suffer from the shortcomings and errors and violations of constitutional large, which will prevent the achievement of a national consensus on the pass, a consensus does not mean that the Kurds alone, but that there are blocks many expressed its reservation on the budget, "calling on Parliament to" re-budget law to the Cabinet for review and the introduction of observations recorded by the the relevant committees on it. " He pointed out that "the government sent a supplement secondly on the general budget bill, includes an additional amount of one trillion and two hundred billion dinars allocated for Anbar province." It was Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi said, on Monday, that the law of the general budget is important and arrived at the House of Representatives In late by about 100 days, and among the first deputy speaker of parliament Aref Tayfur rejected the inclusion of the budget on the agenda, pointed out that the differences between Baghdad and the region held approval. failed the House of Representatives held several meetings during the month of February and the first session of March current due to lack of quorum and the different political blocs on the inclusion of the budget law. noteworthy that the Council of Ministers approved, on (January 15, 2014), on the draft general budget for the current year of 2014, and referred to the House of Representatives for approval.
Cabinet sends a supplement to the budget includes compensation Anbar
BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / said a member of the Economic Committee in the House of Representatives Mahma Khalil, on Tuesday, said the government has sent a second supplement the budget to Parliament.
He criticized Khalil told a news conference at the parliament building with a number of members of the Kurdistan Alliance and attended / Baghdadi News /, new additions included in the budget bill, noting that "the government has sent an extension second to parliament includes add $ trillion two hundred billion dinars allocated to the province of Anbar."
"It seems that the budget bill has not been completed yet, which confirms that the reason the foundation not to pass the budget is the lack of an integrated project in the original, as well as the obvious disturbances in their doors."
He pointed out that "the doors of the budget suffers from a disorder of the exchange which affects the safety of the Iraqi economy," calling "the parliament to re-budget bill to the government for review, rather than be held by each successive these supplements."
Sources expect the first reading of the draft budget in the session Alonbaralastnaúah
Published in Okhbaralarac Tuesday, 04 March / March 2014 15:06
BAGHDAD / Future News
Sources from within the House of Representatives to witness tomorrow's meeting to discuss the crisis in Anbar, the first reading of the draft budget law for 2014, which many controversy about them.
The sources said that the budget will be approved even if the deputies did not attend the Kurdistan Alliance, noting that the State of Law coalition submitted a request to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives signed by more than 70 deputies requesting the inclusion of the budget law on the agenda of meetings of the Council.
The head of the Council of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi, said at a news conference before yesterday, that "the budget bill arrived late 100 days of the government and includes a lot of the problems of the most prominent disagreement oil between Baghdad and Erbil," noting that "the Presidency tried during the month of February past repeatedly sessions to read through the amendment on the agenda but to no avail. "
He alluded Najafi to the existence of another way for the inclusion of the budget law in the absence of agreement of the Presidency, is the completion of the Quorum of the House of Representatives and make one of the blocks or 50 deputies request for the inclusion of any bill that satisfies the conditions for the Presidency to refer the matter to the Council for a vote by a majority after quorum.
*** This is the article excerpted and emphasized by Millionday in the news hour last night. Millionday attaches great significance to it despite her avowed " discount " of articles using a " source " as authority. The article " smacks " of SLC propaganda to me. Other articles suggest that there is no " regular " session tomorrow and the " special " session planned to host Maliki will not have his presence or the SLC, that Parliament is not scheduled to reconvene until further notice, that the budget is not on any Parliamentary agenda and will not likely be absent the consent of the Kurds and Nujaifi's party, Motahedoon / United, and that there is serious doubt as to the ability of Parliament to convene a quorum. We shall see. ***
MP, SL coalition would not attend the parliament session to discuss Anbar crisis .
BAGHDAD / Nina /-- MP Sadiq Labban for State of Law coalition confirmed that " SL coalition continue to boycott meetings of the Council of Representatives, and will not attend the meeting of the Council to discuss the upcoming special issue of Al-Anbar province , on Thursday.
Labban added in a statement to NINA : "The issue of Anbar is a military case , not a political, therefore cannot be discussed in the House of Representatives, on the grounds that the armed forces fighting against terrorist Daiash./
Iraqiya MP: we will attend the Thursday's meeting of the Parliament
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Iraqiya coalition, Etab al-Duri said that Iraqiya coalition, all its blocs, will attend the emergency session on Thursday to discuss Anbar crisis.
She added in a press statement that: "Iraqiya will attend the emergency meeting to discuss what is happening in Anbar and get out with serious solutions and end the crisis , which lasted a long time in vain ."
She said : "The most important topics to be addressed at the meeting is to withdraw army troops from the cities of Anbar and to stop the indiscriminate shelling and transfer MP Ahmad al-Alwani case to Anbar to remove the tension there."
She continued: "ending this crisis will push lawmakers of Muttahidoon to attend the meetings of the Council and to contribute effectively to approve the remaining laws that serve the interests of the citizens , especially the budget law, which delayed without justification ."
Standard Chartered Expected to Help Kurdistan Connect Internationally
The KRG premier, meanwhile, vowed to support public banks in providing better services and being able to remain in the market and compete with private banks. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – British bank Standard Chartered officially opened its first branch in Erbil on Monday, which is expected to assist the Kurdistan Region become better connected to international financial institutions and ease bank transactions with the world. "No section of the economy can succeed in the new globalized system alone if it’s not connected to the circles of global production,” Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told guests at the opening ceremony. "I am sure the existence of this bank will assist us in entering the production markets and the world markets," he added.
The Kurdistan Region has remained a relative haven of peace in violence-ridden Iraq, its economy booming as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) works to rapidly rebuild infrastructure destroyed by decades of past conflicts. Now, the Kurds are getting ready for substantial energy exports to Turkey and the world, once a dispute over revenues is resolved with the central government in Baghdad. In his speech, Barzani emphasized the importance of helping financial institutions in Kurdistan regain the trust of people and local investors. He expressed confidence that having Standard Chartered in Erbil would help achieve this goal. “I believe the time has come for us to seriously examine international financial practices and carefully consider how modern banking can help families and businesses to manage their wealth,” he said.
“I have no doubt that the presence of Standard Chartered will help us move forward in this regard,” he added. The Kurdistan Region and the United Kingdom have strengthened economic and diplomatic relations, with 120 British companies operating in the Kurdish enclave in various fields. Britain’s Consul General in Erbil, Hugh Evans, added his trust that the bank would contribute to further bolstering Kurdish-British relations. “The bank will be very important to Kurdistan and will emphasize on financial support and providing banking services, and in result the economic relation between Kurdistan Region and Britain will be strengthened,” he said. The KRG premier, meanwhile, vowed to support public banks in providing better services and being able to remain in the market and compete with private banks. "We recognize that in the past the public banks have had many problems and did not play their part effectively,” he noted. “The banks under the public sector have not been the factor of financial stability, and it’s possible to think about improving such banks to strengthen them and compete with the private banks."
Barzani admitted that there are challenges ahead in Kurdistan, because the financial sector has not been institutionalized. But he expressed confidence that Standard Chartered would help toward this goal. Standard Chartered opened its first Iraq branch in Baghdad in November and announced last month its intention to open its second branch in Erbil. The bank becomes the 74th private bank in the Kurdistan Region, where the total capital of all private banks totals some 8.5 trillion Iraqi Dinars.
Nujaifi calls on the leaders of political blocs to agree to start discussing the budget
BAGHDAD / NINA / House Speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi called on the leaders of political blocs to return to the negotiating table and come out with an agreement to discuss the budget law and approve it.
A statement by Nujaifi's Office cited that: "In light of the difficult current conditions experienced by the country , which needs more solidarity and togetherness , we must work to end the crises , especially after the political blocs took contradictory positions that led to boycott the meetings of the council. "
The statement added: " Nujaifi has made efforts to bridge the gap in viewpoints between Baghdad and Erbil , but unfortunately did fruit in positive results so far , especially as the current federal budget law underwent several amendments , most recently in March, 3 ."
The House of Representatives is witnessing withdrawals from some political blocs , which impact on the lack of a quorum .
" Quorum " defined : *** Majority Protection from a Minority ***
A quorum is the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly (a body that uses parliamentary procedure, such as a legislature) necessary to conduct the business of that group. According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, the "requirement for a quorum is protection against totally unrepresentative action in the name of the body by an unduly small number of persons."
The first edition of the book, whose full title was Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies, was published in February 1876 by then U.S. Army Colonel Henry Martyn Robert (1837–1923) with the short title Robert's Rules of Order placed on its cover.
The procedures prescribed by the book were loosely modeled after those used in the United States House of Representatives, with such adaptations as Robert saw fit for use in ordinary societies. The author's interest in parliamentary procedure began in 1863 when he was chosen to preside over a church meeting and, although he accepted the task, felt that he did not have the necessary knowledge of proper procedure.
In his later work as an active member of several organizations, Robert discovered that members from different areas of the country had very different views regarding what the proper parliamentary rules were, and these conflicting views hampered the organizations in their work. He eventually became convinced of the need for a new manual on the subject, one which would enable many organizations to adopt the same set of rules.
Recent Articles describing quorum issues for a Paliamentary budget agenda :
http://www.dinarupdates.com/showthre...ll=1#post52092 : " .......... Najafi we decided during the last month to hold parliamentary sessions to be passed, and introduced the agenda several times, and that any session presented the budget intersection of some of the blocks and breaks down a quorum, indicating that the Presidency is consistent completely, and that the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives makes it imperative for the Presidency include laws agreed upon by everyone. "
http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#axzz2v58SSJZ7 : " MP of the Supreme Council Jawad Albzona Tuesday, deputies of the National Alliance responsibility not to pass the budget bill for the current year after an absence of 50 deputies from him, while between that Thursday's meeting will be an occasion to complete the quorum in the presence of united, pointed out that it is possible to include the budget within the table and vote As happened last year. "
Baghdad (AIN) –The President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani discussed with Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu security and political situations and the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq and its impact on the future of the political process.
A statement by the Kurdistan Regional Government cited that "The two sides discussed the political situation in the region in general and the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on the region in particular."
"For his part, Barzani confirmed, during the meeting which was attended by the President of the provincial government Nechirvan Barzani, the need for holding the upcoming parliamentary elections on time away from any obstacles," the statement added, noting that "He stressed the importance of strengthening and developing relations between Turkey and the Kurdistan, expressing Kurdistan readiness to continue those relationships for the benefit of both parties."
"For his part, Davutoglu, who is visiting the region, expressed his happiness to extent progress in the political, economic and cultural relations between the Kurdistan region and Turkey, describing Barzani's visit to the city of Diyarbakir, important and historic," the statement concluded.
EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society
The international community has tried various approaches to confront ethnic conflict in the Middle East. International bodies have usually contented themselves with just issuing statements when a human rights violation occurs, and sometimes have supported specific political parties against others. They have focused on vulnerable groups such as minorities, while their positions often neglect members of the majority, who face violations of their rights as well.
Summary⎙ Print An Iraqi-Syrian civil society delegation has met with decision-making bodies in the European Union, with the latter promising assistance in efforts to confront sectarianism in these two countries.
Author Ali Mamouri
Posted March 4, 2014
For the most part, the international community’s approaches were of no effect or had little success in improving the humanitarian situation of the people of the Middle East.
But this time, the European Union has listened to representatives of Iraqi and Syrian civil society to support them in their confrontation with sectarianism, which is widespread in these two countries. This occurred as part of a campaign titled "We Are All Citizens," promoted by the Iraqi and Syrian delegation to the EU in a tour that included Brussels, Geneva and Rome. The delegation met with decision-making institutions interested in promoting dialogue and confronting the sectarian conflict in the region.
The delegation included civil activists and religious leaders from civil society institutions in Iraq and Syria, most notably the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue and the Masarat Foundation, which specializes in minority affairs. The delegation comprised high-level religious figures from various Iraqi religious groups, including Termeda Alaa Aziz Tarish, the deputy head of Mandeans in Iraq and the world; and Father Amir Jaji, the adviser to the Pontifical Council for Islamic-Christian Dialogue. The Pax Foundation supported the delegation in reaching decision-makers in the EU. Al-Monitor has learned the details of the visit and meetings through separate reports issued by the aforementioned parties.
The delegation met with the Freedom of Religion and Belief Working Team in the EU parliament on Feb. 12. During the meeting, the working team presented its first annual report to the parliament on freedom of religion and belief in the world. The report focused on Iraq and Syria, as two of the 15 countries most affected by a loss of or threat to freedom of religion and belief. The report referenced the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed between the EU and Iraq, saying that “the EU must now make sure that the human rights provisions in this Agreement don’t become a dead letter.” During this meeting, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief Heiner Bielefeldt conceded that the UN's role in Iraq — particularly with regard to confronting sectarianism and protecting human rights — was very small. Bielefeldt also praised the distinguished role of the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue.
On Feb. 13, the delegation met in Brussels with a number of decision-makers in the EU and representatives from European civil society institutions. The meeting concluded that the proper way to counter sectarianism in Iraq and Syria is to support the "citizenship project" as a basic foundation that brings together different groups of people. Furthermore, in doing so, they can achieve other goals, such as ensuring respect for human rights and protecting minorities.
Thirsa de Vries, the senior program officer for Iraq at the Pax Foundation, told Al-Monitor that the "We Are All Citizens" project aims to effect comprehensive and long-term change in the region by working at different levels: train and educate new generations on the values of citizenship, through educational curriculum reform and holding training sessions; involving religious leaders in interfaith dialogue institutions; and working to reform laws and make them more effective in facing sectarianism and supporting human rights. Accordingly, international bodies, including the EU, should play an effective and intensive role in the aforementioned areas.
De Vries added that the members participating in the Brussels meeting expressed their support for the citizenship project, after studying other alternative plans, including establishing a protected area for the region's minorities, for example in the Ninevah province of Iraq. Everyone agreed that the alternative plans could not offer a national solution that would succeed in the long run; rather, they would make the situation more complex than it already is. In this context, supporting the citizenship project is the best strategy the EU can adopt.
The World Council of Churches hosted the Iraqi delegation at its headquarters in Geneva on Feb. 15. Members of the delegation stressed the importance of including Islamic dialogue within the ecumenical dialogue, in the general context of Abrahamic religions, which are predominant in the region. Prior to this, the delegation visited the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue in Rome, and there was a proposal for future partnership to strengthen cooperation between the two sides.
Finally, the international community's efforts to address the issue of sectarianism in the region include some strengths that will likely make it a successful project, especially in the long run. This approach paves the way for internal solutions built on a solid foundation, to gradually establish a civilized civil society. Other international bodies should adopt this approach, to promote pluralism and human rights in the Middle East.
Maliki accuses Nujaifi and his deputies to disrupt the work of the Parliament
BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused House Speaker Osama Nujaifi and the Presidency of the Council of Representatives in disrupting the work of the Council and derail its work on his weekly word on Wednesday 5, March.
Urgent .. Maliki: Nujaifi is accomplice against approving the budget other important laws
BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al -Maliki said House Speaker Osama Nujaifi insisted on not to display the names of candidates for the defense and interior ministries in the House of Representatives .
Maliki said in his weekly " Nujaifi insisted on not to display the names so as said that the prime minister is keeping the posts ."
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused Parliament Speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi as an accomplice against approving the budget and legislation important laws .
He said that Nujaifi selects laws and displayed them on the agenda and insists on minor issues ."
Maliki added that " Nujaifi is accomplice against approving the budget and this is a big conspiracy carried out by some to fail the government and its work ."
Maliki: The House became illegal, as it deliberately disrupt the State work
BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the cabinet decided yesterday unanimously to pay what the people need of service and urgent matters, regardless of the position of the House of Representatives to ratify the budget.
He said in his weekly: "The Cabinet gave an appeal to the Federal Court today about the work of the House of Representatives, which has become illegal because of dilatory policy of deliberate state work."