" The Dinar Daily " .................. Friday, December 7, 2012
Ki-moon, Barzani discuss Iraqi, Regional political situation
Friday, 07 December 2012 09:55 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon discussed the Iraqi and Regional political situation through a phone call between them.
A statement by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan cited "Ki-moon appreciated Barzani's role in achieving stability in the KR and Iraq as well as the Region," noting that "During his negotiations with the officials in Baghdad they stressed there is no alternative for dialogue, peace and coexistence."
"For his part, Barzani assured that KR supports dialogues to solve the disputes peacefully, stressing that the current problem is not related to KR rather it is the ruling problem due to violating the constitution," the statement added.
"Both sides exchanged the views over the situation in Syria where Ki-moon thanked Masoud for the supporting stance of KR towards the Syrian refugees," the statement concluded.
Talabani, Nijaifi stress necessity of eliminating current crises
Friday, 07 December 2012 13:48 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The President, Jalal Talabani, and the Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi stressed the necessity of eliminating the current crises through the keen performance to preserve the national unity and regaining the trust among the political sides.
A Presidential statement received by AIN cited "Talabani received Nijaifi on last Thursday evening where exchanged identical views over keeping on the efforts to settle the pending issues."
"Nijaifi appreciated Talabani's efforts to consolidate unity and to eliminate the impediments that hinder the political dialogues as well as his statement to the Iraqis over reducing the tensions," the statement concluded.
Khalil: Ki-moon's visit expresses concerns of international community over political process in Iraq
Friday, 07 December 2012 10:55 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mahma Khalil, of the Kurdistani Alliance pointed out that the visit of the Secretary General of the United Nations expresses the concerns of the international community over the political process and the democracy in Iraq after the recent crisis between the Central Government and the Kurdistani Regional Government.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "The timing of Ki-moon's visit expresses the international community concerns over the consequences of the recent developments in Iraq especially the disputes between the CG and the KRG."
"This visit is a clear evidence over such concerns," he mentioned, calling "The UN and its SG to protect the democratic achievements in Iraq."
"The deterioration of the democratic process in Iraq has negative effects on Iraq and the Region," he concluded.
Musawi criticizes attempts to internationalize crisis between CG, KRG over disputed areas
Friday, 07 December 2012 11:22 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Sameera al-Musawi, of the State of Law Coalition criticized the attempts to internationalize the crisis between the Central Government and the Kurdistani Regional Government over the disputed areas.
She stated to AIN "Such attempts are unacceptable since it is essentially a problem rather than a crisis and those who want to internationalize it have not patriotic intentions."
"The disputes and the pending issues between the CG and KRG are to be solved through dialogues according to the constitution where the two sides confirmed ruling out the military solution," she added.
MP denies issuing arrest warrant against deputy head CBI for corruption
Friday, 07 December 2012 12:23 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Jawad al-Shihili, denied issuing an arrest warrant against the deputy head of Central Bank of Iraq, Midhir Mohamed Salih, for charges related to the corruption case of the CBI.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "The reports over the arrest warrants issued against Salih for being involved in the corruption case are groundless."
He expressed his wonder for issuing arrest warrants against low-rank employees and ignoring the key official who are involved in this case.
Earlier, the parliament formed a committee, headed by the first Deputy Speaker, Qusay al-Sihail, to investigate the corruption case of the CBI.
Urgent…Religious Authority urges CG, KRG to avoid blood shed
Friday, 07 December 2012 14:15 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The Religious Authority urged the Central Government and the Kurdistani Regional Government to avoid the blood shed and the clashes.
The representative of the Religious Authority, Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, stated during Friday Prayer held in the holy shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala "There are positive indicators over reaching a peaceful solution for the crisis between the CG and the KRG."
"We confirmed previously that the disputes must be solved by resorting the constitution and the agreements that do not contradict the constitution and by avoiding the tensed statements," he continued.
"We emphasize the two sides and the other political sides to work on preserving the good relations among the Iraqis and their national unity," he concluded.
PUK member: CG has no right to announce war against KR since Iraq under 7th Chapter
Friday, 07 December 2012 14:50 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –Ismaeel Shukur, member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, headed by the President, Jalal Talabani, stressed "The Central Government can not announce war against Kurdistani Region since Iraq is still under the 7th Chapter of the UN Charter.
Speaking to All Iraqi News Agency (AIN), he expected "Settling the crisis between the Central Government and Kurdistani Regional Government due to Talabani's efforts conducted with the heads of the political blocs."
"Talabani's meetings with the heads of the blocs come to find the best solutions for the crisis to preserve the Iraqi sovereignty," he added.
"All the political sides realize that the internal conflicts are against the Iraqi and the Governmental interests since some sides attempt to topple the regime in the country," he concluded.
Tayeb: ending tension in the disputed areas represents a victory for all Iraqis.
Baghdad/ NINA /-- Spokesman for Kurdish Parliamentary blocs MP ,Moayad-Tayeb, described the latest agreement between Baghdad and Arbil , to end to the tension between the federal army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed areas, as a victory for all Iraqis.
He said in a statement to NINA : "Saving blood of Iraqis represents a victory for all parties," calling on everyone to look to the interests of the people away from ethnic and sectarian stands ".
Iraq’s Senior Shia Clerics Prohibit Arab-Kurdish War
A group of Shia clerics meeting with Ayatollah Hussein Shahroudi in the holy city of Najaf. Photo: shahroudi.com
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – As many Iraqis worry about a possible war between Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the disputed northern territories, the country’s senior Shia clerics have issued religious prohibitions against such a conflict.
The latest reaction came on Wednesday from the Najaf Hawza, the prominent Shia religious institution, which issued a fatwa saying that, “Fighting the Kurds is haram (religiously prohibited).”
“Those Iraqi soldiers who die in battle against the Kurds are not considered martyrs,” the Hawza said in a statement.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ignited tensions by sending in his controversial Dijla forces into the northern disputed territories that are also claimed by the Kurds. The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government dispatched thousands of its own Peshmerga forces into the territories, setting off a tense stand-off that has endured for weeks.
The Najaf statement accused Maliki of driving Iraq toward war for personal gain. “This war will not serve the Iraqis,” it said.
Maliki, himself a Shia leader from the Dawa Party, has received a lot of criticism from the country’s Shia clerics, among them Muqtada al-Sadr, the founder of the Mahdi Army.
The clerics said on Wednesday that the prime minister has not consulted the prominent Shia leaders about his recent actions, and that only a small circle of people around him are aware of his decisions.
The Najaf Hawza’s statement mentions a letter received from the father of a soldier who has been sent to the disputed territories.
“In the letter, the father asked us whether his son would be considered a martyr if he died in battle against the Kurds,” the statement said. It added that the response of senior clerics was that he would not be considered a martyr.
In another part of the statement, the Shia religious institution said that Maliki has failed in his post as prime minister and should step down.
“Maliki has not yet been able to improve the security situation in Iraq,” it said. “As prime minister and commander-in-chief, he failed to carry out this task and therefore must step down.”
In restructuring the army and forming the Dijla Operations Command, the prime minister has reinstated a number of high-ranking officers from the former Iraqi army, causing a stir among both Kurdish and Shia officials.
“We will never forget Maliki’s initiative to create a committee in order to return Saddam’s followers to power,” said the Najaf statement.
Also last week, Hussein al-Sadr, a senior Shia cleric, sent a letter to Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, saying that several Shia clerics, including himself, had issued a fatwa that prohibited fighting the Kurds.
Meanwhile, the office of Ali Sistani, Iraq’s grand Ayatollah, called on Maliki, “To be patient and stay away from a war that could only harm the Iraqis.”
President Massoud Barzani applauded Sistani for his statement, saying, “History has repeated itself,” a reference to existing bonds between Iraq’s Kurdish and Shia populations.
Meanwhile, in response to a comment by Maliki that Arabs and Kurds were on the brink of war, President Barzani said on Wednesday: “We don’t want war, but we are ready to protect our nation and our region.”