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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  10.5.2013 


May 10, 2013

Slęmanî (Sulaimaniyah), Erbil-Hewlęr, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Maliki’s Coalition demands Kurdistan and National alliances to criminalize Baath

Baghdad: State of Law coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki demanded on Friday Kurdistan Alliance and the National Alliance components in a unified position of criminalization of Baath. “Our position is constant to boycott the parliament’s meetings if criminalization Baath Party law was not included on the agenda,” Member of the coalition, Ali al-Alaq said. “Our coalition demand Kurdistan Alliance and the rest of the blocs to take a unified position from including the law within the parliament’s agenda,” he added. State of Law coalition boycotts the parliament’s sessions to protest the non-inclusion of criminalizing Baath Party law on session’s agenda. While Al- Iraqiya List announced earlier, refusing to pass criminalizing Baath Party law now , and explained that the Justice and Accountability Law was quite enough during the last period.

Kurdish official, US Consul General discuss agreement reached between Central Government, Region

Erbil: Head of Kurdistan Region's Foreign Relations Department, Fallah Mustafa, and the US Consul General in Kurdistan Region, Paul Sutphin, and Political Advisor at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Anthony Goodfree, discussed the Region's current situation and recent agreement reached between the Region and Baghdad. A statement issued on Thursday, May 9, by the Region's Government said that Mustafa presented a summary on developments in Kurdistan Region and results of recent visit by the Region's Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, to Baghdad, shedding light on the agreement reached between the two sides. For its part, the Consulate's delegation welcomed the return of Kurdish ministers to Baghdad, describing the initiative of being objective, renewing the US commitment to the efforts aiming to put an end to all obstacles between Baghdad and Erbil. On the other hand, the two sides discussed developments in the area, events in Syria and the reconciliation in Turkey, as well as the region's relations with neighboring countries.

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