Experts Turks: Ankara's policy of oil may end the separation of Kurdistan and the outbreak of an armed conflict between Arabs and Kurds
10-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - The birth of spring
Experts agree Turks that Turkey's policy towards the KRG may be useful, because their country in dire need of energy and the Kurdish region, pointing out that policy might look like one of the best options to meet energy needs in Turkey, but they nevertheless believe that energy policy in Turkey carries many risks.
Experts believe that the energy deals between Turkey and the Kurdish region has raised fears in Baghdad and Washington that any transgression of the Iraqi central government by Erbil and Ankara, it can lead to increased tensions already high between the three parties.
And pledged to Turkey, which is aware of the concerns of the Iraqi energy projects in Iraqi Kurdistan, taking into account the concerns of Baghdad, officials said Erdogan's government that the ball is now in the court of the Iraqi government must Baghdad and the Kurdish regional administration together to solve their problems.
Maliki's government believes that Turkey's relations with the document KRG may pose a threat to the territorial integrity of Iraq and possibly lead to the fragmentation of the country, and ultimately the declaration of an independent state by the Kurds.
Experts agree, to these concerns that will occur in the long term, and Turkey's policy towards the Kurdish region may have enormous implications, in a sign that the Kurds have long had the ambition for independence, which could pose a threat to Turkey and the region, especially in light of the belief that these developments may lead to the outbreak of armed conflict between Arabs and Kurds.
Said Sinan Ulgen, head of the Centre for Policy Studies Edam, based in Istanbul, Turkey biased to the Kurds.
According to experts, the biggest danger is that the Kurdish region in Iraq to seek full independence as a result of these deals signed with Turkey and other foreign companies, despite fears of Baghdad. However, experts believe that Turkey will work on this issue with an understanding of the risks.
Due to the fact that the Middle East faces upheaval and the Kurds have taken decisive steps to strengthen this dream of an independent state, has started alarm bells in Washington and Baghdad due to the signing of this oil deals.
The Kurds of Iraq have close economic ties with Ankara, and such a relationship were not featured a few years ago, when she was Ankara has strong ties with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad.
It is believed Svetan Mohammed, head of the Research Centre for Security Strategy in Ankara, that "if a conflict occurs in Iraq, it certainly will appear in the Kurdish region."
He said, "Ankara and Baghdad and Erbil are aware of this fact, and therefore they seek to reach a consensus on the issue of energy, but these deals involve risks such as economic independence that would pave the way for political independence and make the land ready for the autonomous region."
However, it is believed David Pollock, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, that the risk of increased energy between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government and other relationships are well understood by all parties, and moreover, it can be controlled.
He added, "I think that this understanding and acceptance exists in both Baghdad and Washington." "The Turks and the Kurds prefer transactions conducted with the approval of Baghdad, and they are ready to make a great deal of flexibility and effort to achieve this goal."
Faily Kurds in Baghdad, leaving a list of al-Hakim and join Maliki's bloc
10-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil - the birth of spring
In what appears as an attempt to gain allies in the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year, shares of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, with the help of Faili Kurds in Baghdad for the founding of a new political group represented, according to the newspaper Rudaw.
The newspaper quoted Arbil issued for Philly Ali, a leader of the Faili Baghdad, as saying that this new group, dubbed Peace Organization Faili Kurds are expected to participate in the legislative elections scheduled to be held in April next year.
Ali said that the Philly Haider Ali Issa, a political figure fillet, heads the new organization, already registered with the Electoral Commission for elections.
The newspaper commented by saying that the Iraqi capital, the residence of nearly a million Kurds from Philly, who are on the one hand as a race, on the one hand and Shiite doctrine. Most of the Kurds and the Sunni sect.
The newspaper as saying that al-Maliki, also a Shiite, often attend cultural events and religious hosted by the Faili Kurds. In the meantime, seeking Kurdish parties as well, which has its offices in Baghdad, to win Faili win to its side.
The newspaper quoted Ali as saying that Philly Faili the new head of the organization was formerly a close ally of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, which is headed by Ammar al-Hakim, however, he turned on the Supreme Council and is now closer to the Dawa Party, led by al-Maliki.
Ali said that Philly "Issa Ali Haider entered the last election under a different name, but he did not get enough votes to qualify for entry into parliament."
The newspaper reported that thousands of Faili Kurds were deported, however, the former Iraqi regime, which refused to recognize them as citizens of the Iraqis and the Iranians that they describe them. After the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, many families have returned Faili Kurds to Iraq, most of whom now live in Baghdad.
The peace organization of the Kurds Faili announced in 29 of the last month of the meeting of parties and personalities fillet at the invitation of the organization configures the list fillet uniform, and the meeting was attended by Haider al-Baghdadi, Secretary General of the Organization of the peace of the Kurds Faili, and a number of prominent figures from the community Alfeli Baghdad.
The Chairman of the Committee Faili Kurds in the province of Wasit, Haider Alfeli, announced early last month about the "shock and disappointment" Alfilien withheld because of their quota of parliamentary election law, returned the marginalized and deliberate neglect.
He Alfeli in a statement for "Alsumaria News", that "among the Faili Kurds received NBA blocking quota own Bashrihthm disappointed and shock large, despite many promises and assurances that Mnina out, but the wills of the political blocs and the absence of political representation of the real actor for Filien missed a great opportunity to Ansafna of the deliberate marginalization and neglect. "
"Instead of being a deeply Krdina and Hieitna madhhabs of power factor to obtain the rights they are prohibited source of concern for others, and robbed us of a simpler matter of our rights in parliamentary representation."
He Alfeli that "Faili Kurds and over the recent history were the stuff of harassment and martyrdom on the altars of freedom and suffered unless the suffering of Iraqis," he said, "until he reached the injustice and abuse to crime displacement confrontational heinous excluded Saddam where a Kurd is a Shiite Wi Shiite non-Kurdish and included Shiites Faili Kurds and not others. "
He noted that "the displacement of crime Faili included confiscation of movable and immovable property and bring down the Iraqi nationality and the separation of the children from their parents to become rats tested in the machine at the Palace of Saddam's chemical and eventually own prison sentences."
He Alfeli "We have been engaged by the Faily displaced in all efforts and fronts that fought Saddam's regime, it was beautiful and traders Shorja advocate rebels of the Kurdistan money and Supply and executed dozens of them because of it, as thousands of them were executed within the constellation martyrs of the Islamic Dawa Party."
He Alfeli expressed regret, saying, "In spite of all these tragedies have Ezz parliamentarians and political blocs include Faili Kurds, including by residents included Saudi Rafha camp, despite the big difference between the situation and the enormous population Rafha Faili what he suffered."
"As Ezz Systems on the new Iraq and the successive governments Alfilien fairness and equality, but Bazlam Baath roomful offices sovereign ministries in particular, and even deprived of their rights as political prisoners and families of martyrs Alfilien deprived of legal entitlements."
He called Faili Kurds to "unify our political, cultural, political bloc under a tent by entering the electoral fray without the umbrella of one of the Filien to be a voice in the next parliament."
It was hoped to be included in the law of parliamentary elections paragraph five seats allocated quota for Faili Kurds in the next parliament, but it did not happen because of the refusal of some political blocs.
Shahristani, discuses with President of Lukoil developments in West Qurna 2 Oil Field
Baghdad (NINA) – Deputy Prime Minister, Hussain al-Shahristani, discussed on Monday, Dec. 9, President of the Russian Lukoil Company, Vagit Alekperov, and the delegation accompanying him, latest developments in the work on West Qurna Oil Field 2 project.
A statement issued by the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said the two sides discussed work developments in West Qurna 2 Oil Field and the mechanism to speed up its development; during which Shahristani expressed his regret over events by some land owners, bordering foreign companies’ work, urging the Company to exert more efforts to speed up developing the field.
He stressed that the Iraqi Government has a strategy of making Iraq, in the near future, one of the biggest countries in the petrochemical industries; and its desire that Lukoil becomes one of the big companies that contributes to developing this industry, as well as the Uric fertilizer, along with its activity in West Qurna.
For his part, Alekperov affirmed that West Qurna 2 Project is in its final stages, and that production will start during the first quarter of the coming year with a capacity of 150 thousand barrels a day up to 400 thousand barrels a day by the end of 2014. He expressed his Company’s desire to enter into the petrochemical project and develop Nasiriya field, construct a giant refinery with a capacity of 300 thousand barrels a day, pointing out that it will be the World’s 21st Century Refinery.
Deadly Attacks Rock Kirkuk Neighborhoods, Baghdad
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Deadly Attacks Rock Kirkuk Neighborhoods, Baghdad
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – Just days after a deadly attack on the Iraqi Intelligence headquarters in Kirkuk, another seven explosions rocked different neighborhoods in the multi-ethnic city, killing and wounding at least 10 people.
Also on Sunday, a series of car bombs and improvised explosives exploded in different neighborhood of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 100, according to police and health officials.
In the Kirkuk attacks, sources told Rudaw that two of the explosions occurred in front of the house of an intelligence officer, without causing casualties.
Police sources said that another blast hit a civilian car in the Wasit neighborhood of southern Kirkuk, killing a child and wounding another person.
Two more bombs exploded inside an unfinished house in Kornish Street, where the roof collapsed and killed several workers who were living on the site, police sources said.
In the Domiz neighborhood, an improvised bomb caused material losses, but no casualties.
Last week, militants attacked and took control of the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters in Kirkuk and the city’s Jawahir Mall. They killed 11 people and wounded 50 others, including security forces.
Iraqi government forces managed to overpower the attackers and clear the intelligence building and mall after several hours of intense clashes with the militants, who were from the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), an al-Qaeda affiliate.
In a different incident, a hand grenade was hurled into the home of Kawez Parwez, a Kurdish journalist in Kirkuk working for Zagros TV, which belongs to the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Kirkuk.
"I was sitting at home when it happened and I was slightly hurt by smashed glass from a window,” Parwez told Rudaw by telephone. "I don't have any personal feud or social issues with anyone," he added.
The attacks came only days after the murder of Kurdish journalist Kawa Garmiyani, the 32-year-old editor-in-chief of Rayalla magazine, who was shot dead in the town of Kalar in Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday.
Garmiyani's killing drew numerous condemnations and protests by officials, the Kurdistan government, journalists and local and international human rights organizations.
The Syrian civil war, coupled with protests by the Sunnis in the provinces of Anbar, Kirkuk and Saladin since January this year have fueled the worsening security situation in Iraq. The Sunnis accuse Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki of marginalization, unfair treatment and launching a security campaign against them.
Iraqi government rejects plans for women’s shelters
"Living in a jungle ruled by men." This is how Dahaa al-Rawi, the chair of the Women's Committee in the local Baghdad government, described the status of women in Iraq. Women are marginalized and their abilities unrecognized — domestically, socially and politically. Women are subjected to violence of all forms and murder on an ongoing basis.
Currency Auctions Announcement No. (2550) The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the10-Dec-2013.The results were as follows: Details Notes Number of banks 18 Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166 Auction price buying dinar / US$ ----- Amount sold at auction price (US$) 207,178,000 Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) ----- Total offers for buying (US$) 207,178,000 Total offers for selling (US$) ----- Exchange rates
SBV has no plan to adjust exchange rate (06/12/2013)
Over the past two days, the VND/USD exchange rate has been slightly up although it has ranged within the set band and lower than the fixed ceiling exchange rate. However, based on the positive performance of the macro -economic condition as well as the development in the money market and the inter-bank market, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) confirms that there is no foundation for the adjustment of the exchange rate and the SBV will not adjust the exchange rate from now until end 2013.
In the recent time, the exchange rate in the inter-bank market was relatively stable and lower than the buying VND/USD exchange rate of 21,100 by the SBV; therefore, the SBV has bought a large amount of foreign currencies in order to increase the international reserves. Over the past two days, the VND/USD exchange rate has been slightly up, and traded at 21,150 this morning. According to the SBV assessment, foreign currency supply and demand remains balanced. Vietnam’s trade deficit for 11 months was at a low level (USD 96 million, equivalent to 0.08% of the total export value). Vietnam’s trade surplus was USD 50 million in November. The current account has been continuously surplus from the beginning of 2013 until now. It was approximately USD 7.2 billion in the third quarter of 2013 (over 4% of GDP) and was a high surplus as compared to the previous years. The total balance of payment for the whole year of 2013 is expected to be at USD 2.5 – 3 billion. Moreover, the transactions, foreign currency position and foreign currency trading of credit institutions have developed normally; the liquidity has been improved, thereby reflecting the supply and demand balance in the market. Therefore, it can be said that the exchange rate movements in the recent days mainly stemmed from psychological factors and the expectation of exchange rate adjustment due to the impact of the assessment of exchange rate management in the report on macro-economic condition for 11 months of 2013 by the National Financial Supervision Commission.
Deletion of Zeros or Currency Restructure Postponed; Implemented most likely After 2014 Elections and Formation of Government – Says Committee Member
Posted: December 10, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Central bank, Currency, Implementation, Iraq, iraqi, Legislative session, Member of Parliament, Najib
Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 5.15.17 AMAnnounces the postponement of the parliamentary Economic implement raise zeros from the currency to the next parliamentary session
Tuesday, 10 January 1 / December 2013 07:38
Announced the parliamentary Economic Committee, the central bank to postpone the project raise zeros from the Iraqi currency to the next parliamentary session.
Committee member, said the MP for the Kurdistan Alliance, Najiba Najib, told all of Iraq [where], “The project to delete the zeros feet of the previous administration of the Central Bank at the time of any Shabibi former Fed governor . “
She added: “There were preparations and preparations by the administration about those restructure the currency , including the Iraqi delete the zeros, and they had the good steps taken by them on this issue and were waiting for government approval to start the project. “
Najib explained that “the new administration of the Central Bank, which is headed by Abdel Basset Turkish agency has other plans and procedures,” indicating that they are “looking at the project raise zeros that he is not in too early.”
And saw an MP for the Kurdistan Alliance, the deletion of zeros as a “necessity” because the figures in the current difficult currency counted, but keep the central bank is the owner of the decision to choose the time of implementation of this project. “
She Najeebeh the belief that “near the parliamentary elections to make the central bank thinks postponing the implementation of the deletion of zeros or restructure the currency beyond the elections and the formation of a new government. “
Economic representative Announces deferral of removal of zeros to the next parliamentary session
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07: 38
The parliamentary Economic Committee, announced the postponement of a draft Central Bank raising the zeros of the Iraqi currency to the next parliamentary session.
Committee Member said the Deputy from the Kurdistan Alliance, najeeba Najib, both in Iraq, that “delete zeros from the former Department of the Central Bank in times of Sinan Al-Shabibi Former Bank Governor”.
“There were preparations and preparations by the Department on restructuring of the Iraqi currency, delete the zeros, and they had good steps taken by them on this issue and were awaiting Government approval to start the project.
Najib said that “the new administration of the Central Bank, headed by Abdel Basset Turki Agency has other plans and procedures”, indicating that they are “looking to raise zeros that is premature.”
The Deputy Minister for the Kurdistan Alliance, of zeros that “need” for the figures in the current currency is counted, but the Central Bank’s decision to choose the time of implementation of this project. “
Smart expressed the belief that “the parliamentary elections to make the Central Bank is considering to delay the implementation to delete zeros or restructuring the currency beyond the elections and the formation of a new Government”