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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  13.8.2012   

August 13, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Barham Salih reaches Baghdad to meet Maliki

Baghdad: The Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC) announced Monday the arrival of former Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih to Baghdad to meet Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and political leaders, noting that Saleh would hear about the reform paper prepared by the National Alliance (NA) bloc. Coalition member Hassan Jihad said: "The visit will lead to creating a better atmosphere for dialogue, especially after the return of President Jalal Talabani from Germany." The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced last week that it would resume its oil exports next week. The KRG demanded Baghdad to pay the dues of foreign companies operating in the region. The Kurdistan Region decided early in April to stop its oil exports due to the federal government’s non-payment of the dues of foreign oil companies operating in the region.

China seeks to participate in Kurdistan Region’s reconstruction process

Erbil: The Chinese ambassador to Iraq expressed his country's desire to participate in the reconstruction process in Kurdistan, pointing out the need for opening Chinese diplomatic representation in the region. According to an official statement issued by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Chinese ambassador Ni Jian discussed with the chairman of the foreign relations department in the KRG Falah Mustafa ways to strengthen relations with the region in all areas." The statement quoted Ni Jian as saying that he "admires the progress and development taking place in the Kurdistan Region in all aspects if compared with the rest of Iraq," adding that they will encourage all Chinese companies to participate in investment projects in the region. Mustafa said he believes there are great opportunities to strengthen relations between the Kurdistan Region and China, stressing the need to open Chinese diplomatic representation in the region, as China is economically important in the world and has abilities that allow it to perform an important role in the reconstruction of

We continue to unify Peshmarga forces, says Imad Ahmed

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's Deputy Prime Minister Imad Ahmed announced that part of the process of unifying Peshmarga forces has been completed and they will continue the process. Ahmed accompanied the Minister of Peshmarga Jafar Mustafa and his deputy Anwar Osman and visited regiment 1 of troops brigade 1 of the united forces of the Kurdistan Region near Kirkuk on Saturday. Ahmed confirmed that they are working seriously to unify Peshmarga forces under one law, train forces, provide weapons and meet Peshmerga demands. The Kurdistan Regional Government believes stabilizing security and meeting the demands of residents in disputed areas is the government's responsibility, added Ahmed. With regards to the Peshmarga budget, the deputy said: "The Iraqi government must think of a basic solution to the Peshmarga budget in accordance with the constitution, which is part of the defense system in the country."

Qaradakhi, Azizi and Waysi to sing in Ramadan Eid in Erbil

Erbil: Kurdish singers Aziz Waysi, Naze Azizi and Dilnia Qaradakhi have decided to organize a party for Ramadan Eid in Chwarchra Hotel in Erbil. Chwarchra’s management said in a statement that the three Kurdish singers would sing on the second night of Ramadan Eid. The statement said: "Today is a new era of Chwarchra Hotel. The hotel always was the home of singers and artists and will continue to be." Azizi and Waysi male are both from Iranian Kurdistan. Qaradakhi is from Iraqi Kurdistan.

Security Directorate denies threats against Gorran

Erbil: A Kurdish MP from the Gorran Movement announced that there are direct and indirect threats against members of the movement but the Security Directorate denies such claims. Nariman Abdullah said: "Since the first day we came to the parliament we have felt the threats. Many times I have been attacked and injured. Many times a group of armed men have opened fire on me." Abdullah added that after the February 17 rallies the threats increased. Then later the threats reduced. They are still investigating to find rational evidence about the threats, added Abdullah. A source from the Kurdistan Region's Security Directorate replied: "There are no threats against any MPs and we are not aware and have no clue about what they said. "If any members of parliament felt that their life was in danger he or she can inform security branches and if they have proof about the threats they can register a lawsuit."

Erbil continues integration of Peshmarga and confirms responsibility for security in disputed areas

Erbil: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stated Sunday that it has implemented the first step to integrate the regional guard forces (Peshmarga) and will continue to complete the process within the legal framework, confirming its responsibility for protecting the disputed areas. In April the Kurdistan Region decided to integrate the Peshmarga, which includes members from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by the Kurdistan Region's President Massoud Barzani. A government statement issued on Sunday quoted Deputy Prime Minister Imad Ahmed while visiting members of the Peshmarga stationed near Kirkuk. He said: "We are seeking to unify the Peshmarga forces and pay more attention to training and armament." Ahmed was speaking during a Ramadan banquet held on Saturday at the barracks of the first regiment of infantry, accompanied by the Minister of Peshmerga Jafar Mustafa stationed near Kirkuk. Ahmed said the Kurdish authorities "consider themselves responsible for providing security and stability for all areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad”.

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