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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  13.7.2013 


July 13, 2013

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

Kurdish MP rules out crisis in Kurdistan Region over extending Barzani’s term

Baghdad: MP, Mahma Khalil, of the Kurdistani Alliance ruled out any possible crisis among the Kurdish sides in Kurdistan over extending the term of the President, Massoud Barzani. He said “There is no crisis in Kurdistan Region and all sides believe in democracy which means majority against the opposing minority.” “Extending Barzani’s term is a precautionary procedure to prevent a constitutional violation and the elections will determine the political map at the end,” he concluded.

59 casualties in café shop explosion in Kirkuk  


Kirkuk: Police sources said Saturday that 33 were killed and 26 more wounded by a bomb blast in a café shop. The source said that most of the victims were young people. These figures are not the final toll, as the sources added. Kirkuk witnessed, Friday, an escalation of violent actions, where two soldiers were hit by a bomb explosion, west of the province, as well another one targeting a crane, south west of the city, but no casualties were reported. Kirkuk city is historically a Kurdish city and it lies just south border of the Kurdistan autonomous region, the population is a mix of majority Kurds and minority of Arabs, Christians and Turkmen, lies 250 km northeast of Baghdad. Kurds have a strong cultural and emotional attachment to Kirkuk, which they call "the Kurdish Jerusalem." Kurds see it as the rightful and perfect capital of an autonomous Kurdistan state. |

Genel curbs fears over Kurdistan oil

London: Stop worrying about the risks of getting oil out of Kurdistan, City scribblers declared Thursday – Genel Energy has proved it is viable. UBS brokers think the fact former BP boss Tony Hayward's Genel has successfully managed to transport the lucrative black stuff out of the region is a reason to buy its shares. There has been a political row between Iraq and its autonomous region about duties payable and the export of oil, but UBS said: "Kurdish oil has been reaching international markets by truck for several months with no apparent payment, legal or political issues." The Aim-listed group, which is run by Mr Hayward with the former Goldman Sachs banker Julian Metherell as finance director, has recently reported a run of good news with strong drilling results from wells at Chia Surkh, Tawke Deep, Ber Bahr and Bina Bawi that UBS thinks has not been appreciated by the

Kurdistan Alliance talks about a real desire from Baghdad to end the outstanding issues

Baghdad: Kurdistan Alliance bloc in the Iraqi parliament confirmed on Friday that there is a real desire from the federal government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to resolve the outstanding issues between the two parties, noting that the joint committees will begin developing solutions to problems. “The important thing in the talks between Baghdad and Erbil principally is the existence of a genuine desire to resolve outstanding issues, particularly those relating to Peshmerga and Article 140, the law of the demarcation of the administrative border between the provinces as well as oil and gas law,” the spokesman of the bloc, Muayad al-Tayeb said. “We know that the legislative period of the parliament will end soon and that law might not be legislated as that will contribute to solve the differences between Erbil and Baghdad, but the important thing is to initiate legislating laws through committees formed between the two parties,” he added. The head of Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani arrived in Baghdad this week, accompanied by a high-level delegation and held talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and officials in the government and the parliament. Oil differences and others were the focus of the talks between the two sides when they met for a joint committee on resolving outstanding issues between the two sides as Maliki also discussed those files privately with the President of Kurdistan Region, Massoud

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