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  1. KRG rekindles implementation of Article 140 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region- The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent a proposal to the Government of Iraq (GOI) to rekindle the implementation process of Article 140 to resolve the status of disputed territories. Talks had previously been held with the two largest Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), before the capital was rocked by protests now in their third month. Khalid Shwani, KRG’s Regional Minister for Federal Affairs, who is tasked with negotiations with the GOI, told Rudaw on Saturday that a committee has been formed between the KRG and GOI, and KRG has already presented a proposal on “two different levels”. The committee aims to work on normalizing the “current military, security and administrative and demographic conditions of Kirkuk and other disputed territories” as well as “re-starting” the implementation of Article 140, according to Shwani. Article 140, which hopes to settle the contended status of disputed territories in Nineveh, Diyala, Saladin and Kirkuk provinces is source of tension between the two governments, and its lack of implementation has soured Erbil-Baghdad relations in recent years. During the Baathist period, the regime undertook an Arabization campaign, in which land was confiscated from Kurds, Turkmen and other minority groups. The campaign largely targeted the Kurdish demography, many of whom were forcefully settled in Erbil after their homes were given to Arab families, who were given financial incentives to relocate from southern and central Iraqi provinces. Following the fall of Saddam, Article 150 was instilled in the 2005 constitution- but has yet to be implemented. Based on the Article 140, areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, Arabs would be compensated and sent back to their original areas of residence, with Kurds and Turkmen given back their land, compensated, and helped to return to their homes. This was to be followed by a referendum whereby residents would be given the opportunity to either fully join the Kurdistan Region or be ruled by Baghdad, to take place no later than 31 December 2007. Baghdad has had full administrative and military control over Kirkuk, since October 16, 2017. As a response to Kurdistan’s independence referendum in 2017, Iraq’s Army, backed by Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) paramilitaries, invaded Kirkuk and the disputed territories, forcing the Peshmerga to retreat. Arabs and Turkmen, the largest two minorities of the province, have called for internal discussions before the issue is taken to Baghdad. On Saturday, the Executive Board of the Iraqi Turkmen Front met, to discuss mainly Iraq's conditions amid more than 2 months of popular protests in the South. "If discussions about this matter are between Erbil and Baghdad, I will say it from now: they will fail. This matter has nothing to do with Baghdad. This is related to the components of Kirkuk," Arshad Salihi, head of the Turkmen Front, said following the party meeting. "It is better if we Turkmen and Arabs reach an agreement. Then we should go to Baghdad and say, 'Here are our solutions,'" Salihi added. Iraq’s federal court has already upheld the article, earlier in the year, as still in effect and constitutional, and called for its implementation. The KRG and GOI recently reached an oil-for-budget agreement, whereby the KRG hands over 250,000 barrels of oil per day to the GOI in return for revenue. The KRG have tried to capitalize on the good mood to address other outstanding issues. Cooperation and the settling of the conditions of the disputed territories are critical for a number of reasons, including better KRG-GOI relations. Most importantly, as of late, has been the threat of ISIS rebuilding. Due to October 16, 2017 events, Peshmerga-Iraqi Army cooperation and coordination completely broke down as the two forces fought each other. The in-fighting has led to an uptake in ISIS attacks on both Iraqi and Peshmerga forces.
  2. POSSIBLE..... Now that's funny😲 What have we been doing for the past 10 years or more.... Just another day in "Sand Land"....
  3. With so many conflicting reports is it done or not..... I guess we wait till Monday...… Of what week.... I'm not sure they even know
  4. We're part of the DV Family...… So do we get Pancakes too?
  5. To me it sounds like they want to silence the demonstrators and continue raping the government funds..... Any other views you might have, would be helpful! He explained that "the narrow circle in the office of Abdul-Mahdi, and with the support of the leaders of the" conquest "and" figures in the Popular Mobilization, "presented a new plan from several stages of Abdul-Mahdi to face the demonstrations, ending with the complete suppression.
  6. But all they do is keep postponing...... Will it ever change? That line should read... "The political blocs are determined to postpone the law ASAP, as has happened in previous sessions."
  7. files will be sent to the competent authorities and in the next sentence..... by all parties that claim to be there to investigate Something just don't sound right about that......
  8. An old saying comes to mind..... "When nothing changes..... NOTHING CHANGES! We all see it but these "IDIOTS" don't! Thanks 10 Yrs & Chuck for your insight!
  9. Journalists face risks in Iraq’s disputed areas with 65 reported violations in six months: Monitor Photojournalist Ako Rasheed works for Reuters in Kirkuk. (Photo: Facebook) ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In the first half of 2019, there have been 65 cases of reported violations against Kurdish Journalists in the disputed areas of Iraq, according to reports. The disputed parts of the country, chief among them Kirkuk Province, have been administered by Baghdad-appointed officials since Iraqi forces along with the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi attacked the areas and forced the withdrawal of the Kurdish Peshmerga. Since then, Kurdish residents of the disputed territories have complained, on multiple occasions, in several areas about being pressured by Arabs to leave their homes and other property. Along with this, members of the press were barred from covering incidents involving such reported violations against Kurds. On occasion, journalists were also completely disallowed entry to such areas by Iraqi forces at checkpoints. The Kurdistan Syndicate of Journalists stated in a press release on Monday that in the first six months of 2019, there have been 65 violation incidents against 27 Journalists working in territories disputed between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Region. The Syndicate highlighted that journalists are becoming the victims of political tension, with a high number of arrests, attacks, and harassments by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in Khanaqin, Kirkuk, and in Mosul. “The integration of media with political affiliation, absence of the law of freedom of information and the security void in the disputed areas are all factors of violence directed towards media personals,” stated the Syndicate. The statement added, “journalists in disputed territories are victimized twice, once for their duty in attaining information, second for the geographic and ethnic issues in those areas.” Beyond that, the statement continued, “another reason is that journalists are lacking legal awareness of the laws that can protect them.” “This report tells us that journalism work in disputed territories is about to endanger the lives and safety of Kurdish journalists.” The KJS also called on all sides to “abide by the laws to provide a safe atmosphere for the profession.” A mix of Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, and Christians live in territories claimed by both the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution provides for a referendum to be held in the ethnically-diverse province of Kirkuk as well as other disputed areas by the end of 2007 to determine their future, but it has yet to be implemented by subsequent Iraqi governments. Editing by Nadia Riva (Kosar Nawzad contributed to this report) UpdatedJuly 16-2019 12:52 A M
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