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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  15.8.2012   

August 15, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

"Barzani has not demanded resettling Iranian dissidents in Kurdistan"

Erbil: Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani has not asked the Iraqi government to resettle the members of the People's Mujahidin of Iran in Kurdistan, Barzani's press secretary said Wednesday. Umed Sabah's remark was made in response to a media report by Siyasa newspaper which quoted an anonymous source saying that Barzani has demanded the residents of Camp. Ashraf and Camp Hurriya be transferred to Kurdistan but Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has turned down the demand. Sabah confirmed at a written statement that the news is not true and is baseless.

Kurdistan PM welcomes opening Chinese consulate

Erbil: Prime Minister of Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, welcomed China's initiative to open a consulate in the region, describing it as an important step toward boosting bilateral relations. This came during his meeting on Sunday with Chinese Ambassador to Iraq Ni Jian. The Chinese diplomat reiterated his country's readiness to establish strong relations with Kurdistan region, expressing admire of the progress in the region in various domains. The premier underlined that his government is ready to expand relations with China, mainly in industrial, agricultural and tourism sectors.

Khuza'i, Barham Salih agree to resort to constitution

Baghdad: Vice-President Khudhair al-Khuza'i and Deputy Secretary General of the Kurdish Union Party Barham Salih agreed on Tuesday to resort to the constitution and halt media wrangling in order to solve the questions between Baghdad and Erbil, according to Presidential statement. The statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, added that both sides discussed the Iraqi political issues, regional developments and their reflections on the internal front. The coming meeting of the National Conference, after the return of President Jalal Talabani, was also discussed to solve pending questions between Baghdad and Erbil. Both sides agreed to resort to the Iraqi constitution and halt media wrangling. The Kurdish Alliance announced Monday that Salih arrived in Baghdad to meet Premier Nouri l-Maliki and to be acquainted with the Reforms Paper, submitted by the National Alliance. Baghdad-Arbil relations continued to be "tens and chronic" due to the differences on pending questions, including oil and gas law, Article 140 of the constitution, the disputed areas, Beishmarga forces and national partnership and balance.

Six suspects behind Nigar Raheem's murder case

Kelar: The general prosecutor in Garmain announced that there are six lawsuits against close relatives of Nigar Raheem, who was killed after she was accepted in a women's care home. Recently a female was murdered by her brother in an honor cleansing case in Kalar, the center unit of Garmian administration. Lawyer Ata Salih said the prosecutor registered six lawsuits against the mother, father, two brothers and two cousins of the victim on charges of accepting Reheem in a care home and killing her later on. Director of combating violence against women Adnan Mohammed Mirza said he has a video clip of Raheem's brother asking to admit Raheem to a care home.

KBC considers Salih's visit to Baghdad as attempt to find prospects for future dealing

Baghdad: The Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC) stated Tuesday that the visit of the vice secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Barham Salih to Baghdad is an attempt to find prospects for dealing during the next phase between Baghdad and Erbil. Salih, who arrived in Baghdad, met Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials in the executive and legislative branches. The vice chairman of the bloc Mohsen al-Saadoun said that Salih's visit is a positive step in the current political stage. An official Kurdish source in Baghdad said Salih’s visit to Baghdad comes within a partisan framework and will not discuss the current crisis between Baghdad and Erbil. The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: "Barham Salih arrived [Monday] at the head of a delegation of members of the political office of the PUK to Baghdad to strengthen the relationship between the union and the Iraqi political parties and will not discuss the current crisis between Erbil and

Kurdistan Planning Ministry announces start of 2013 budget preparation

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Planning has announced the start of preparation for the region’s 2013 budget. The Ministry of Planning began its preparation in coordination with the ministries of municipalities, tourism and electricity. Ali Sindi said: "The ministry started preparations for the budget through dialogue with ministries and organizations in the region." Sindi added that the Planning Ministry discussed with the electricity, municipalities and tourism ministers about 2013 projects and plans for the ministries regarding projects in execution, ways of implementation and allocating estimated budgets for the projects in 2013. The minister said: "The necessity of fair distribution of projects was confirmed according to geographical areas, the needs of those regions, their importance and taking attention to complete the ongoing projects that are currently being implemented."

Barzani meets Kurdistan Region's governors

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani headed a meeting of the Council of Ministers' presidency along with the region's governors and deputy PM Imad Ahmed. The aim of the meeting was to look closely at the problems in the region and discuss solutions. In the meeting, members discussed decentralization in the Kurdistan Region and ways to give more power to governorates over red tape in residents’ affairs, ownership of lands disputes, public services, implementation of master plans and partnership between governorates and directorates. Barzani decided to have more meetings like this in the future. A committee was formed recently for decentralizing governorates in the region. The meeting’s participants asked the committee to complete its work as soon as possible. In the meeting the ministers were asked to follow up the decisions made in the gathering and to prepare their agenda for the next meeting.

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