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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  5.12.2012  

December 5, 2012

Govt. denies the word "enemy" in a military cable

Baghdad: A leading member in the State of Law bloc, headed by Premier Nouri al-Maliki, criticized Tuesday the statements of a Kurdish leading member for accusing the Iraqi government using the word "enemy" in a military cable. MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki, in a press conference, criticized the "incorrect" statements of Jabbar.

MPs demanding reducing Kurdistan's share in the federal budget by 5%, from 17% to 12%

Baghdad: A number of MPs for several provinces called the Parliamentary Financial Commission to decrease the share of the Kurdish region by 5%, at a time unprecedented tension is rising between Baghdad and Erbil. In a press conference, about 10 MPs representing Babel, Wassit provinces, affiliate to State of Law bloc, headed by Premier Nouri al-Maliki, demanded decreasing the Kurdish share in the central budget from 17% to 12%. Calls were made during the last few months to decrease the Kurdish share in the central budget, alleging that their share is higher than the real figures of the Kurdish population. Tension is rising between the Baghdad and Erbil that led to concentrating armies in the disputed areas, particularly in rich oil Kirkuk province, following the formation of Dijla Operations Command to control the security in Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahal-Din provinces, which matter was rejected by the Kurdish region.

An independent MP: The escalation between Baghdad and Erbil is just media escalation and will end

Baghdad: The independent MP, Jawad al-Bazzoni said that the escalation between the Kurdistan region and the central government will not continue, describing the last crisis as a plan played by both parties to win votes in the next election. He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency that, "The military and political escalation between the province and the center is just a media escalation and will not be achieved on the ground, because the election is coming." He added, "There are failed issues of providing services and suspicious of corruption by the government, so the Kurds go in this direction of escalation in order to change the point of view toward the government and control the disputed areas," expected that "the crisis will end because the parties are not willing to provide victims for their political differences. " The House Speaker Osama Nujaifi called, in a press conference, for media calm between the central government and the Kurdistan region, because of the seriousness of the current situation which could be up to the extent of a military confrontation between the two sides."

Kurdistan spokesman rules out conflict between Peshmerga forces and Federal Army

Baghdad: The Kurdistan Alliance spokesperson, Muayad Tayyib ruled out any military confrontation between the Peshmerga forces and the federal army. He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency Wednesday, Dec 5. that the province does not want to conflict with the central forces, and is depicted by others about the possibility of the outbreak of the clash between the Peshmerga forces and the federal army is untrue. He explained: "Settling the current problem lies with the 2009 agreement, signed between the governments of the center and the region to maintain security in these areas." Tayyib added: "The strategic alliance between the Arabs and the Kurds cannot be ended and it will continue and the Kurds, in all countries, feel strongly link with the Arab nation and not only with Iraq's Arabs."

Dana Gas receives Kurdistan payment

Dana Gas has received its share of the recent payment made by Iraq's Federal Government to the Kurdistan Regional Government. The company's Joint Venture in the Kurdistan Region received $120 million, of which the Dana Gas share of 40 per cent is $48 million. "We are pleased to receive this payment, and are working with the Kurdistan Regional Government to further address the outstanding receivables," said Rashid Al-Jarwan, Executive Director and Acting CEO of Dana Gas. ana Gas is working to address outstanding receivables from its operations in both Egypt and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In Egypt the Government has been settling the company's receivables for current production and working pro-actively with the company to address the $200 million of receivables from 2011. The company gave no update on progress towards its Sukuk rescheduling.

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