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 Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief

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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  19.2.2009

February 19, 2009 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Armenian National Congress hails allocating a seat to Armenians in Kurdistan region

Armenian National Congress in France hailed allocating a seat to the Armenians sect in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan region.
That came during a letter from a member of the Armenian National Congress to the Representative of PUK in France. The letter describes the move by the Kurdistan Region Parliament as a key step towards reinforcing fraternity relations between Kurds and Armenians.

Western Armenia website also posted a news report in French on this issue indicating a similar news report by the Kurdistan Region Parliament website.

Kurdistan Region Parliament in the framework of amending the Kurdistan region parliamentary elections law has decided to allocate one seat to the Armenians minority in the framework of quota system for representing the minorities in the Kurdistan region.

Taiwanese delegation in Sulaimaniyah over investment

Representatives of Taiwanese companies on Wednesday arrived in Sulaimaniyah city to discuss investment opportunities in the Kurdistan region, the deputy chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city said.

“A delegation comprising representatives of five Taiwanese companies working in the fields of electricity, foodstuffs and construction material arrived today in Sulaimaniyah and held a joint meeting with members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city,” Sirwan Mohammed Mahmoud told Aswat al-Iraq.
The visit is the first of its kind to the city, Mahmoud added.

Iraqi PM lauds Talabani’s role in resolving partisan crisis

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday praised President Jalal al-Talabani for his efforts in resolving the crisis that erupted within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

During a lunch banquet held by the premier in honor of the president, the two officials discussed the current situation on the political scene.
The banquet comes one day following meetings by PUK leaders that aimed to put an end to the crisis that erupted after five party leaders had submitted their resignations.
The PUK, which was established in 1975 and is led by Talabani, is one of the main Kurdish parties in Iraq.

Human Rights Committee inside Kurdistan Parliament condemns deportation of Kurdish asylum seekers

Human Rights Committee inside the Kurdistan Parliament in a statement called on the Human Rights Organizations in Europe as well as Human Rights Committees in both the British and Swedish parliaments to take measures against deportation of Kurdish asylum seekers by some European countries, describing these deportations as inhumane.

“Despite ongoing attempts and efforts by the Human Rights Committee inside the Kurdistan Parliament with the related sides in the Iraqi government as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to stop these inhumane deportations and stopping receiving those asylum seekers who are being forcibly deported to the Kurdistan region, but this phenomenon is still continuous. We think that these deportations are based upon the previous signed agreement between the Iraqi government and the European countries. These attempts are considered abuses against the human rights, namely article 33 of Geneva conviction.” Part of the statement says...

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