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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  12.3.2013 


March 12, 2013

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

Kurdistan denounces attempt to arrest Iraqi finance minister Rafie al-Issawi

Erbil: Kurdistan region presidency denounced Tuesday the attempt to arrest resigned minister of finance Rafi' al-Issawi, describing it as "provocative action". In a statement, Kurdish Presidency pointed that "such action will increase tension". adding that " assigning to the army political tasks is contrary to the constitution, and waging political conflict and controversy between the parties of the political process, stressing that insisting on going on and following such a policy will exacerbate tensions and create a serious repercussions and consequences." Erlier al-Issawi, said in a press statement today that he was targeted by an arrest attempt yesterday near the town of Rutba, western Anbar on his way to a funeral ceremony. He noted that "the security force that tried to arrest him was backed by air support, but the force withdrew after facing a strong rejection by a number of tribes people who foiled the attempt." | |


Shawis's Office denies what was attributed to him about the non-return of Kurdish ministers and MPs to Baghdad

Baghdad: The Office of the Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister, Roj Nouri Shaways denied what was attributed to him that the Kurdish Minister and lawmakers would not return to Baghdad. The office said in a press statement: "what some of the media attributed to Shaways on Monday that Kurdish ministers and lawmakers will not return to Baghdad until a final decision on the background of passing the federal budget, is not true."  The statement explained: "what did Shaways say is that the Kurdish Minister and leaders of Kurdish parliamentary blocs, are in the province to consult with the presidency and the government as well as the regional parliament and the leaders of the Kurdish parties to take a position in line with the fair aspirations of the people of Kurdistan and the interests of the Iraqi people in the democracy, pluralism and federalism." Some media published a story yesterday, said that Deputy Prime Minister Roj Nouri Shaways declared that "the ministers and deputies of the Kurd will not return to Baghdad until a final decision on the background of passing the federal budget."

Iraqi FM Zebari confirms the existence of significant problems between Baghdad and Erbil

Sulêmanî: Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari confirmed that there are "significant" problems between Baghdad and Erbil, at a time, the deputy secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK opened "all" possibilities towards the position of the Kurds from this crisis. Zebari said on the sidelines of a conference in Sulaimaniyah, accompanied by Vice President of the PUK, Barham Saleh, "there are big problems with Baghdad as the shape of the relationship between the region and Baghdad must be determined “,noting that " there is dialogue to resolve these problems". Zebari said, "The dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil is continuous and tomorrow a meeting will be held to discuss the problems," noting that, “budget problems , disputed areas , oil and gas are among the differences to be discussed." For his part, Deputy Secretary General of the PUK, Barham Salih said in his answer to a question about the prospects for withdrawal of the Kurds from the Iraqi government of Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, he said that "all possibilities are expected." Kurdistan Region office announced in a statement earlier this week inviting representatives of all the Kurdish forces in the federal government and the Iraqi parliament to go to Kurdistan Region and leave Baghdad for consultations , holding the Federal Prime Minister , Nuri al-Maliki and his coalition , the responsibility of the results.

Strong earthquake hits north of Mosul and Kurdistan

An earthquake rocked Duhok city on Monday. The earthquake was felt in towns near Duhok and in Erbil but caused no casualties. The director of Department of Meteorology and Seismic Monitoring in Duhok governorate said the earthquake came with the magnitude of 5.57 points and caused no causalities. According to the people witnessing the earthquake has done some damages to a building in the center of the city. Reports say that "The strong earthquake hit Bashiqa area north of Mosul and the rest of Kurdistan provinces." Areas in Kurdistan region exposes to frequent earthquakes, by a few degrees on the Richter scale and do not lead to human or material losses. The Iraqi seismic monitoring body says that through analyzes of seismic observatory in the capital Baghdad and seismic activity for the last hundred years show that Baghdad will not be exposed to a strong earthquake at the present time. | Agencies

Erbil celebrates Newroz with activities of freedom

Erbil: Chander Central Park witnessed the seventh Festival of freedom and Kurdish New Year (Newroz) in Erbil city with the participation of many of the artistic Kurdish, Iraqi and foreign bands for ten days. Several governmental ministers and representatives of foreign consulates have participated in the first day of the festival in Erbil in addition to thousands of citizens, as its activities continued for the first day for more than three hours. The activities included a speech of the Supreme Committee for the festival and then artistic presentations for Kurdish, Iraqi and foreign bands that have participated by a concert by a group of Kurdish singers. Tahir Abdullah, the deputy governor of Erbil and the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the festival said "we have intensified the program of the festival and introduced many events as well as new cultural and artistic activities because Erbil is taking steps towards celebrating the tourist capital of the Arab countries in 2014." |

Erbil to host Arab Universities meeting next week

Erbil: President of Salahal-Din University announced Tuesday that Erbil will host next week the Arab Universities 46 Meeting. This is the first time to host such a meeting in Erbil, with the participation of 250 Arab universities. In a press statement, the meeting will be held on 19-20 March, 2013. The current meeting shall be held under the chairmanship of Moroccan Fez University and Salahal-Din will be the chairman for the next year. Salahal-Din University, located in Erbil, was established in 1968 in Sulaimaniyah province, but it was moved to Erbil in 1981 according to the policies adopted by the previous regime.


The Cabinet holds its weekly meeting without Kurds and Iraqiya ministers

Baghdad: The Cabinet held, before noon, its meeting today 12, March in the absence of ministers of the Iraqiya and Kurdistan Coalitions. A familiar source told the National Iraqi News that the Council held its meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The Iraqiya's ministers boycotted cabinet's meetings on the eighth of January in protest against the non-implementation of the demands of the demonstrators, while the Kurdish Ministers were called to Irbil to consult with their leadership after approving the budget which objected by the Kurds.

Presidency of Kurdistan Region condemns car bomb explosion in Dibis district

Erbil: Presidency of Kurdistan Region condemned on Monday, March 11, the blowing of a car bomb in Dibis district. A statement issued by the Region's Presidency said that such savage acts by terrorist in such a critical circumstances the country is going through is a desperate attempt aiming to instigate diversity among the people; yet it will not deter security agencies from carrying on their task of combating terrorism. The statement expressed the Region's Presidency's sorrow and condolences to the victims' families wishing the wounded a speedy recovery. Earlier in the day, a car bomb exploded against the Dibis district's police station, northwest of Kirkuk, 4 persons and wounding 99 others, most of them policemen and students of a nearby Kurdish studies high school.

Othman holds state of law the responsible of the crisis between the center and the province

Baghdad: The independent Kurdish Iraqi MP, Dr Mahmoud Othman held the " state of law coalition the responsibility of the current political crisis between the central government and the province, due to the lack of commitment to the agreements between the blocs as he put it. He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News that the current political stagnation and growing problems among blocs, will affect the general situation in the country. He explained that adoption the budget, in the absence of Kurdish component; affected the relationship between the Kurdistan and the federal government and increased tensions and problems between them." He expressed his astonishment of "the actions of the state of law coalition, noting that they are talking about their desire to solve problems from one hand, and on the other refusing to cooperate with the province to resolve the outstanding problems, including the budget law and many other topics. It is mentioned that Kurdistan Alliance said that passing the federal budget, without the presence of any Kurdish lawmaker, is an indication of the end of the era of the national partnership. The House of Representatives had voted on Thursday, in the presence of 168 deputies, on the state budget for the current year in a clear absence of Kurds MPs and some of Iraqiya

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