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 Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief

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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  23.2.2009

February 23, 2009 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

German parliamentary delegation reviews HR issues with KRG

Erbil: Head of the human rights committee of the German parliament, who are currently visiting Iraq leading a delegation of German lawmakers, said on Monday that they discussed with an official from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) a number of issues related to human rights, woman and freedoms.

“We discussed with Kurdish lawmakers the forced marriage of little girls and circumcision, as well as violence against women,” she said at a press conference held at the German consulate in Erbil. The MP pointed out that she met with the speaker of Kurdistan’s parliament, Adnan al-Mufti, the representative of the Red Cross and a number of journalists to discuss human rights condition in the northern region.

Kurdistan ties up preparations for elections (alsumaria tv)

Kurdistan Region Electoral Commission has finalized its plan for holding the regional elections scheduled next May. The head of the Elections Commission in the region Ali Qader told radio SAWA that the voters register was ready as well as the registration of the entities and observers, to that the needed “modest” budget for the operation was allocated.

Furthermore, the source added that the plan will be sent to the head of the commission in order to approve it and to start working accordingly. As to the extent of authorities’ cooperation in the region in order to bring the elections to success, Qader stressed that the authorities are cooperating in all the fields in order to provide security and schools premises and other factor necessary for the holding of the elections.

Kurdistan Region delegation to participate in coexistence and religious tolerance conference

A delegation headed by KRG minister of religious endowments Muhammad Shakly and includes a number of religious men and intellectual figures of other religions and doctrines on Tuesday, Feb. 24, will head to Jordan capital Amman then to Johannesburg in South Africa as a response to an invitation by Marasan and Hativil churches to participate in the coexistence and religious tolerance conference there.

President Barzani reiterates commitment to Iraqi constitution

Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani on Sunday, Feb. 22, met with the top U.S commander in Iraq General Raymond Odierno, in Saladin Resort.

They discussed the Iraqi situation in general, Odierno emphasized his and the U.S administration support to Kurdistan people, and expressed his delight to the ongoing developments in Kurdistan region. He also talked about the military operations launched by the U.S and the Iraqi forces to crush terror and outlaws.

President Barzani reiterated the KRG commitment to the Iraqi constitution which he considered it the basic source to define the destiny and rights of all.

Bakeries in Kirkuk close their shops due to fuel shortage

More than 300 bakeries were closed in Kirkuk due to not allocating needed fuel by the Kirkuk directorate of fuel, PUKmedia correspondent reported on Sunday February the 22nd.
“Out of 624 bakeries in Kirkuk province, only 250 of them have been licensed to work. 374 bakeries were obliged to close their shops in Kirkuk due to not allocating needed fuel by the Kirkuk directorate of fuel.” Omar Hassan Head of Kirkuk branch of Kurdistan Workers Syndicate Said.
“The reason behind this is that they do not have licenses of the Iraqi Grain Board. Those bakeries have demanded license from Kirkuk office of Iraqi Grain Board since July, 2007 but until now this directorate has not responded them, and consequently Kirkuk directorate of fuel would not give them their portion of fuel.” He said as well.

Developing German Language Schools in Kurdistan Region

The Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) takes serious efforts to promote teaching of German Language in the Kurdistan region schools through opening new schools for teaching German, being one of the living languages of the world, and the first language at the European Union level in terms of number of speakers. In this context, the KRG Education Minister Dilshad Abdul Rahman Mohammed, in a press conference expressed his support for teaching German in the of Kurdistan region schools as well as all over Iraq...

KRG to allocate $200 million for reconstructing Garmiyan area

Approximately $200 million will be allocated for reconstruction process in the Kurdistan Region by the organizations and Donor Countries. Also, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will allocate this sum ($200 million) for reconstructing the Garmiyan area.

The Garmiyan area includes Kalar, Kifri, Chamchamal, and their surroundings which had undergone the utterly heinous Anfal Campaign by the former Baathist regime.

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