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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  10.7.2012   

July 10, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

90% of water shortage solved in Erbil, says Water Directorate

Erbil: Erbil’s Water Directorate said 90 percent of water shortage problems have been solved in Erbil and many of the city's neighborhoods had water problems in the past few months. Directorate spokesman Massoud Mohammed said: "Erbil city had water problems from the middle of May until the beginning of June but now 90 percent of the shortage has been fixed. "Only 10 percent of the city has water issues, such as Sarkarezan, Galwezh and Sebardan neighborhoods due to drought. It is expected that the directorate will sort this problem in the next few days." Mohammed added that the directorate is now working on two water projects - surface-water project 3 and 4. The neighborhoods suffering from a lack of water are 159 Gulan, Khanzad, Sarwaran 2, Raparin 2, Kuwestan and Nawroz due to power cuts.

New US General Consul to Kurdistan Region begins work,

Erbil: Paul Steven began his work on Monday in Erbil as the new US General Consul to the Kurdistan Region.In a meeting with the head of foreign relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government Falah Mustafa, Steven explained his country’s program to strengthen work between the two countries, said a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government. Mustafa praised the former US Consul to Erbil Alex Laskaris and his role in making the US-Kurdistan relationship stronger. Both sides talked about ways of enhancing sectors in the region, such as economy, trade, education and culture.

Barzani receives Obama's letter on mutual understanding

Erbil: Kurdish region president Massoud Barzani received Monday a letter from US president Barrack Obama stressing bilateral understanding, according to an official statement here. The statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, added that the new US General Consul Powell Stephen handed over the letter. Stephen confirmed that he will try to establish an important American presence in the region, according to the statement.

International Peace Organization to meet in Kurdistan

Erbil: Kurdish region president Masoud Barzani met International Peace Organization delegation, according to an official statement. Head of the Organization Yan Jim Kin disclosed that the coming conference will be held in Kurdistan. He expressed appreciation to brotherly relations among the region's ethnic components and the stability of the situation there. On the other hand, President Barzani expressed support to the work of the organization in the Kurdish region.

Kurdistan produces 3,000 MW of power

Erbil: The Kurdistan region is producing 3,000 MW of power, according to electricity minister, who underlined that the ministry plans to raise them to 6,000 by 2015. "Our production capacity now is 3,000 and we provide citizens with 22 hours," Yassin Abubakr Mawti said. "Works ongoing to produce 6,000 MW by 2015 through the establishment of three dams to get electricity through the hydraulic mechanism and to benefit from them in projects related to agriculture and tourism," he added.

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