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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  10.2.2013 


February 10, 2013

Sulêmanî (Sulaimaniyah), Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

We accept any share of the budget according to a new census: Kurdish MP

Baghdad: Kurdish MP of the Kurdistan Alliance, Adel Abdullah confirmed that, "The Kurdistan region will satisfy with any share of the budget sets according to a new census." He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News "The demands of the Kurdistan region on the state budget are legal and constitutional, and those who demand to cut the region's share must depend on a new census," noting: "The only census that depend on currently is the census of 1957 ". Regarding the delay in approving the budget, Abdullah said: "The delay in approving the budget rests on the parliament and some of the political blocs, since the government send it in November 2012." He added: "Some political blocs delay approving budget for an electoral propaganda and political paper and the Iraqi people is affected negatively" The House of Representatives had postponed the vote on the budget more than once for the lack of final agreement, while the Presidency of the Council of Representatives put Monday's


session a deadline to vote on the budget. One of the most important differences on the budget is the claim of some blocs and political figures to reduce the share of the Kurdistan region from 17% to 12%, while the Kurdish blocs insist this on 17%. It was scheduled to hold general census of the population in October 2010, but it had been postponed, mostly, for political reasons. A new date for the census is not set yet.

Kurd MP denies that Kurds behind delay passing the Budget

Baghdad: The MP from the Kurdistan Alliance Farhad Atrushi denied that his coalition delays the adoption of the budget, stressing that the alliance demands 17% to the Kurdistan region to vote on the Budget. He said in a press conference, held at the parliament building today 10, Feb: "The Kurdistan Alliance is with the approval of the general budget as a matter of principle, because it belongs to all Iraqi people." He added that, "all political blocs have remarks and rights on the budget. Atrushi made it clear that "The previous amount provided from budgets to the Kurdistan region had not exceeded 12% from the federal budget."

Kurdistan Region's Presidency condemns Friday's explosions 

Erbil: The Presidency of Kurdistan Region condemned the explosion on Friday, Feb. 8, in some Iraqi cities that resulted in many killed and wounded. A statement issued on Saturday, Feb. 9, by the Presidency of Kurdistan Region said, "The Presidency of Kurdistan Region strongly condemns the terrorist acts. It expresses its condolences to the victims' families and wishing the wounded a speedy recovery." It added that continued terrorist activities is an evidence that terrorist are benefiting from security vacuum resulted from weakness of Iraqi security agencies, as well as attempt to keep Iraq in vortex of violence; the responsibility to protect citizens' lives and properties and to keep security and stability fall on the Iraq's Federal Government.

Falah Mustafa discusses current situation, Syrian crisis with German Ambassador

Erbil: Head of Kurdistan Region's Foreign Relations Department, Falah Mustafa, discussed with the new Ambassador of Germany to Iraq, Mrs. Breta Wagener, the current situation in Iraq and the area, as well as President Massoud Barzani's visit to Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The official web site of the Government of Kurdistan Region reported on Saturday, Feb. 9, that the Head of the Region's Foreign Relations Department discussed the area's latest developments and the situation in Syria, as well as the status of Syrian refugees. Mustafa reviewed the Government's efforts, since the beginning of Syrian crisis, through setting a program to receive and help Syrian refugees in cooperation with the UNHCR, calling on the international community to provide more held to the refugees. He expressed thanks and gratitude to the German Consul in Kurdistan Region for the help he provide to the citizens of Kurdistan Region and its institutions that represent the depth of relations between Kurdistan Region and Germany. For her part, Ambassador Wagener expressed happiness on visiting Kurdistan Region thanking the Foreign Relations Department, as well as the Region's ministries for the reception German missions received.

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