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  1. CONSTITUTION WILL BE BASIS FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES BETWEEN BAGHDAD AND ERBIL, SAYS IRAQ COUNCIL OF MINISTERS SPOKESPERSON 9 Hours ago 316 View SULAIMANI — A spokesperson for the federal Council of Ministers said on Tuesday (July 😎 that the process of talks between Baghdad and Erbil is ongoing and that the constitution will be the basis for resolving the disputes between the two sides. Spokesperson Ahmed Malla Talal said during a press conference that, while no agreement has been reached so far, the talks will continue. The federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have been engaged in budget talks for months to resolve a disagreement stemming from Erbil’s failure to abide by the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law. A KRG delegation had been expected to visit Baghdad this week, but was called off on Tuesday while federal officials reviewed material submitted by the KRG. Commenting on recent moves to improve security cooperation between the KRG and the federal government in Kirkuk and the disputed areas, Talal said that both sides wanted to root out Islamic State (ISIS) cells that operate in the security vacuum between the lines of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Peshmerga. (NRT Digital Media)
  2. PLANNED VISIT BY KRG BUDGET DELEGATION TO BAGHDAD POSTPONED 11 Hours ago 377 View SULAIMANI — A negotiating delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) postponed on Tuesday (July 7) an expected trip to Baghdad because federal officials have not completed a review of financial, personnel, and administrative files related to oil and the KRG’s public sector workforce. According to sources in both the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad delegations, it is not clear when the KRG officials will ultimately make the trip, although it will only do so after the review is complete. NRT reporter in Baghdad Omed Muhammed said that the two main stumbling blocks to reaching the long-awaited comprehensive budget agreement between the federal government and the KRG were the agreement’s duration and the amount of money that Erbil will receive from budget transfers. According to sources, the federal government has demanded the Kurdistan Region’s total oil and non-oil revenues and in return Erbil will receive 550 billion Iraqi dinars ($462 million) per month to pay public sector salaries and other expenses. The KRG has reportedly responded with two offers: one where Erbil gives all oil income and half the receipts from local taxes and border crossings in return for 650 billion Iraqi dinars ($546 million) per month or another where all income is transferred to Baghdad in return for 900 billion Iraqi dinars ($756 million) per month. On Monday, before the trip was postponed, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker had expressed confidence that the differences would be easily resolved. In late April, Baghdad cut off all budget transfers to Erbil, leaving it with a massive shortfall that was compounded by the effects of a drop in the global price of oil. Unable to pay its public sector workers on time or in full, the KRG has repeated delayed distribution of salaries this spring and recently moved to cut the pay of most workers by 21 percent or more. (NRT Digital Media)
  3. Peshmerga and Iraqi force coordination rooms to 'enhance stability in Kirkuk': army chief hours ago Lawk Ghafuri IRAQ Peshmerga members take part in a graduation ceremony at Zakho's military academy on January 30, 2018. Photo: Safin Hamed / AFP ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The establishment of three rooms for joint coordination between Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga will bring safety back to Kirkuk province, a top Iraqi Army official said on Tuesday. “The coordination room with the Peshmerga forces will enhance stability in Kirkuk province," Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Lie. Gen. Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah said in an interview with state media. The comment follows a Monday visit to Kirkuk by a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, where members met Iraqi defense and interior ministry officials and an Iraqi federal police team, according to spokesperson to the army's commander-in-chief Yehia Rasool. Rasool announced that same day that Iraqi force-Peshmerga coordination rooms would be established in Kirkuk, Diyala and Nineveh provinces - territories disputed by Erbil and Baghdad. Contention over the areas has led to a security vacuum conducive to a resurgence of the Islamic State (ISIS). “The visit to the Federal Police headquarters in Kirkuk province was successful,” Yarallah told state media. “The relationship between the Federal Police and the Peshmerga forces and the means to enhance the security of Kirkuk province were discussed.” However, Rasool stressed that Peshmerga forces would not be redeployed to Kirkuk, from where they were removed by Iraqi security forces in October 2017. Nasr al-Shimari, spokesperson and deputy secretary general for the Iran-backed Harakat al-Nujaba militia, called any move to redeploy the Peshmerga to the province as “unconstitutional”. “The return of Peshmerga to Kirkuk province is a degrading step to all the blood that have been spilled by the Iraqi forces to return control of the state over the Iraqi province [Kirkuk],” Shimari tweeted on Tuesday. ISIS was declared territorially defeated in Iraq in December 2017. However, remnants of the group continue to operate in the disputed territories, returning to earlier insurgency tactics including ambushes, kidnappings and targeted killings. Operations to entirely clear their presence from the area have failed, and military bodies worldwide have warned the group is continuing to resurge. Several Kakai villagers were killed in an ISIS attack in Khanaqin, Diyala province in mid-June, prompting Kurdish leaders to renew calls for joint security coordination in the disputed territories. Jabar Yawar, Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, previously warned that the ISIS resurgence has been underway for some time. “According to our data, the group increased its activities in 2018 and 2019, especially in Kurdistani areas outside of the Kurdistan Region administration, including Diyala, Hamrin, Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu, and Qarachogh. In Qarachogh, they even established bases,” Yawar told Rudaw in April.
  4. A joint statement by the deputies: Al-Kazimy returned the Peshmerga to Kirkuk, and lost the achievement of imposing security 14:15 - 07/07/2020 Information \ Baghdad .. A joint statement of the representatives of the Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk, on Monday, criticized the approval of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to return the Peshmerga forces to Kirkuk, indicating that these steps are unconstitutional and a waste to implement security enforcement operations in the city. "In a dangerous precedent and constitutional violation, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces agreed to return the Peshmerga to the Kirkuk Governorate Operations Command headquarters," the statement, which received the "information" copy, said. He added, “We are representatives of the Arab and Turkoman components, as we categorically refuse to take the commander in chief of this step in agreement with the region without taking the views of our components that have a bad memory with these forces, which destroyed dozens of villages after liberating them from ISIS, we remember that it would harm the civil peace and stability that was achieved in Kirkuk After law enforcement in 2017. ” He added that "neglecting the great achievement of returning the security file to the federal authority in Kirkuk, which was achieved by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and preserved by Abdul-Mahdi, which is consistent with the provisions of the Iraqi constitution, places the Commander in Chief under penalty of constitutional and historical responsibility." The statement pointed out that "had it not been for the observance of the Corona pandemic and the prevention of rallies, the people of Kirkuk will resort to all constitutional means to prevent this provocative move." End / 25D
  5. National Union: Peshmerga presence in Kirkuk was with the approval of "Al-Kazemi" 22:45 - 07/07/2020 Information / Baghdad The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Ghiath Al-Surji, confirmed on Monday that the presence of the Peshmerga forces in the Kirkuk governorate was in agreement with the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi. Al-Surji said in a televised statement, which he followed, "The information," that "the issue of entry and presence of the Peshmerga forces to Kirkuk was done with the knowledge of the government and in agreement with it." He added that "the Peshmerga will move within a mechanism of joint cooperation with the security forces, " adding: "Without the Peshmerga forces, Kirkuk would have been like Mosul." 25 n ended
  6. The Finance Committee: No delay in employee salaries for the coming months Monday 06 July 2020 153 Baghdad / Al-Sabah Shaima Rashid The House of Representatives is waiting for the government to present the "reform plan" promised by the Minister of Finance to avoid economic and financial crises, at a time when the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives ruled out a delay in the delivery of salaries for the coming months. Committee member Jamal Kujer said in a statement For «Al-Sabah»: “The House of Representatives has given the government the power to borrow immediately, according to the borrowing law that was voted on, and that contains an article stating that the law will be effective immediately after voting on it.” Pointing out that «these loans are internal and therefore the delay in the distribution of salaries is not justification". He added that «the arrangements for the distribution of salaries need a week to complete, but in case the government has reforms, it must announce it and be with the approval of Parliament». Cougar suggested that "the reason for the delay will be the double salaries that the government seeks to check and stop their salaries", calling on the government to "clarify the reasons for the delay, especially since the employee has many obligations." For his part, the committee member, Muhammad Daraji, confirmed in a statement that Al-Sabah received a copy of it that “there is no truth in the delay in salaries due to the delay in converting the currency. The central bank makes the daily transfer, and the borrowing law that covers salaries includes (at one of its points) borrowing Internal ”, indicating that“ on the basis of that, the cash in place with the Central Bank has been launched for the main banks (Al-Rafidain, Al-Rasheed and TBI), and a notification must be received from the Ministry of Finance to the mentioned banks to release salaries employees". He added that "there will be no problem during the next three months because of the presence of internal borrowing," noting that "we are looking at oil prices and the reform plan that the Finance Minister promised to present
  7. International Islamic Bank 9 hrs · الى منتسبي وزارع الدفاع المحترمون اخواننا وابنائنا بشرى سارة وجه السيد رئيس الوزراء بضرورة توطين رواتب منتسبي وزارة الدفاع ... See MoreTo the respected members and farmer of defense Our brothers and sons Good news Mr. Prime Minister directed the need to settle salaries Ministry of Defense Affiliates Immediately and according to the book below. International Islamic Bank It opens its doors to receive you based on the contract with the esteemed Ministry of Defense . Translated
  8. Peshmerga Hasn’t Returned to Kirkuk: Iraqi Army BasNews 2020/07/07 - 00:15 Kurdistan ERBIL - Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga forces have not returned to the disputed province of Kirkuk, Major General Yahia Rasool, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Armed Forces Command, said on Monday. Rasool explained in a statement that there was only a meeting between the officials from the Peshmerga ministry and Iraqi army to discuss closer operations in Kirkuk, Diyala, and Nineveh provinces. Babkir Faqe, a Peshmerga official, revealed to BasNews that a delegation from the Iraqi ministry of defense will visit Erbil to review the major points they previously agreed on, noting that the two sides are close to sign a deal. According to the official, the Peshmerga ministry with the Iraqi defense ministry have agreed on eight points which are focused on intelligence cooperations, joint military work in the disputed territories, and Peshmerga's share from the federal budget. This comes as the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly regrouped itself in various areas of Iraq and lately carried out several terrorist activities.
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