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British mediation to implement the Erbil - Baghdad agreement and to resolve outstanding issues

2020/01/29 08:21:01
 
 

Shafak News / Today, Wednesday, a meeting of the committees of energy, natural resources, industry and trade in the Parliament of Kurdistan, headed by Ali Hama Saleh, with Venti Anikat, official of the political delegation of the British Consul General in Erbil, with the aim of discussing the agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government, regarding the budget and oil.

During the meeting, they talked about the Erbil and Baghdad agreement, the reform process in the matter of oil, and the status of the oil import fund.

The meeting also highlighted the security of the region's budget by the federal government, and in return for the region to send (250) thousand barrels of oil per day.

And Ali Hama Saleh praised the British efforts in bringing the views between the region and the center in order to achieve this agreement in the general budget of Iraq for the year 2020.

At the end of the meeting, Annikat expressed his full support for every step that would bring the region and the center closer to the issue of budget and oil.

 

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These people need to get out of their diapers and put on some big boy pants. Why do other countries have to come in and show them how to implement their agreement.  

Jeesh, these people are two humps short of a camel. 

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Recently We’ve Had The Royal Megxit - And Then ‘Bro’xit With The Sudden Disappearance Of Navira ! :o 

 

 

But Now Back To The One That Started It All - Brexit ...

 

:D  :D  :D 
 

 

 

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Britain Will Leave The European Union Next Friday

 

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28th January, 2020


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that his country will begin issuing quick visas to distinguished scholars and researchers as soon as they separate from the European Union, according to Reuters.

Britain will leave the Union next Friday, ending years of controversy over whether Britain will become better or worse away from the European bloc, and begins the path of redefining its economy, local priorities and global standing.

"As we leave the European Union, I want to send a message that the UK welcomes the world's most talented minds and is ready to support them in turning their ideas into reality," Johnson said in a statement announcing the new scheme.

From February 20, scientists and researchers will be able to accelerate visa applications if they receive one recommendation from one of four local destinations; however there is a limit to the number of "global talent" visas.

The changes announced on Monday, which were previously reported during the election campaign in late 2019, will be an alternative to a similar system that mostly applies to non-EU citizens, with a maximum of 2000 visas per year.
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IMPLEMENT ! IMPLEMENT ! IMPLEMENT . . . FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTHS AND DO IT ! ! ! :facepalm:

 

These folks would try the patience of God, Jesus, Joseph & Mary, Allah, The Dali Lama and a whole host of Divine beings from all the other religions around the world ( didn't want to exclude anyone just because I'm not all that familiar with some ).:peace:

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2 minutes ago, horsesoldier said:

IMPLEMENT ! IMPLEMENT ! IMPLEMENT . . . FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTHS AND DO IT ! ! ! :facepalm:

 

These folks would try the patience of God, Jesus, Joseph & Mary, Allah, The Dali Lama and a whole host of Divine beings from all the other religions around the world ( didn't want to exclude anyone just because I'm not all that familiar with some ).:peace:

This is the very reason I think it is all waiting on the rate to change on a pre-determined date... Everything we have seen is that this was all done by Erbil and Baghdad months ago will all the meetings back and forth.. No more needed meetings, everything is done, so what’s the hold up in actually starting it?? IMO it has to be the rate change.. ;)

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22 minutes ago, horsesoldier said:

IMPLEMENT ! IMPLEMENT ! IMPLEMENT . . . FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTHS AND DO IT ! ! ! :facepalm:

 

These folks would try the patience of God, Jesus, Joseph & Mary, Allah, The Dali Lama and a whole host of Divine beings from all the other religions around the world ( didn't want to exclude anyone just because I'm not all that familiar with some ).:peace:

Relax..we have 29 more years to go

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14 minutes ago, lmb4321 said:

Nice to hear from you navira.....

Maui 2020......Hope you are enjoying your time off bro....

Hey bro...how are things? So enjoying bro. Will be in Hawaii when i get back .

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navira....just working my butt off.....been checking in with Adam and so n so....he's not that crazy anymore...

Actually making complete sense....

and with Adam's Intel ....i think we will have many drinks in Maui and
the Dinar vets Bro's very very soon.....

Cheers Bro....

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1 minute ago, lmb4321 said:

navira....just working my butt off.....been checking in with Adam and so n so....he's not that crazy anymore...

Actually making complete sense....

and with Adam's Intel ....i think we will have many drinks in Maui and
the Dinar vets Bro's very very soon.....

Cheers Bro....

Cheers bro..

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Article 140 implementation thwarted by ‘external inteference’: KRG Minister

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KRG federal affairs minister Khalid Shwani speaks to Rudaw TV on February 4, 2020. Photo: Rudaw 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official has blamed failure to resolve dispute over territories contested by Erbil and Baghdad on ‘external interference’ by foreign powers during pivotal talks in 2014 in a televisedinterview with Rudaw’s Hiwa Jamal on Tuesday, 

Federal affairs minister Khalid Shwani spoke to Jamal about the failure of 2014 UN-sponsored discussions between the KRG and Iraqi government to settle the fate of the disputed territories, which include Kirkuk province, using Article 140 of Iraq’s constitution.

“We had finalized things at a rate of 90% to settle this [Article 140 implementation] and put a stamp on it. We believe that a component of Kirkuk, under some external interference, we believe from a neighboring country reneged from signing the document,” Shwani told Jamal on Tuesday. 

“The President, Prime Minister tried a lot, summoned that party, and even pressured them by telling them that it was a historic moment to resolve the question of Kirkuk, but we unfortunately produced no results,” Shwani added.

“It is difficult to name those neighboring countries, but it is clear who has influence over the components of Kirkuk.”
 
The disputed territories are home to ethnically diverse population, but were Arabized under Baath regime rule. Kurds were expelled, with their lands confiscated and given to Arab settlers.

Following the US invasion of 2003 and the toppling of the regime, a new national constitution was finalized in 2005.  Article 140 of the constitution focused on the resolution of the status of the disputed territories, which also include areas of the Diyala, Saladin and Nineveh provinces.

Article 140 calls for compensation for both Arab settlers and expelled Kurds, and the return of lands to their Kurdish owners. Resolution was meant to culminate in a referendum for inhabitants of the territory to decide whether to join the Kurdistan Region or remain tied to the Iraqi government by no later than 2007. 

But the article was never implemented amid disputes between the KRG and the Iraqi government, with Baghdad fearful that KRG control of oil-rich Kirkuk would make a Kurdish state viable. 

Both Turkmen and Arab parties have expressed disapproval of the article, calling it favorable to Kurds and saying that it does not solve the territorial dispute. Turkey is known to championthe political participation and interests of the Turkmen ethnic group in Kirkuk, where they make up an estimated 21 percent of the population. 

Kurds jointly administered Kirkuk and the disputed territories with Iraq until 2014, when Iraqi forces disintegrated in face of an Islamic State (ISIS) onslaught. Kurdish forces moved in to secure the province in 2014. Iraqi forces retook the territories from the Peshmerga in October 17. 

The KRG engaged last month in talks with the Iraqi government to normalize Kirkuk’s condition. Shwani was part of a team that met with an Iraqi delegation that included national security adviser Falih al-Fayyadh and Minister of Interior Yassin al-Yasseri.

“It was slated for us to meet [with the Iraqi side] for a second time to start the implementation mechanism of Article 140. To this end, they [the Iraqi side] asked for a project, what Kurdistan Region’s perspective is concerning the resolution of the question of the disputed territories,” Shwani said. 

The KRG proposed a two-part project during the negotiations. The first part sought to “normalize" Kirkuk’s current administrative, security and military status, with the other seeks a longer-term resolution through the implementation of Article 140. 

The two parties reached an agreement over economic, and land disputes, but the ”military force to be appointed head of Kirkuk’s security” was disputed, Shwani revealed. The two sides agreed upon a “fair and just” distribution of administrative positions, he said, but the Iraqis “reneged“ when it was time to sign the agreement. 

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi's tenure was a window of opportunity for an agreement to be reached, Shwani suggested. 

“[Iraqi caretaker PM] Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s perspective on resolving the topic of Kirkuk and disputed territories was he would turn any solution agreed upon by the components themselves into a decree and implement it.”

“We unfortunately missed the chance, but this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t start again. I believe that if [newly designated PM] Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi succeeds in forming his cabinet, the Kurdish negotiations team should prioritize the topic of resolving the question of the disputed territory with him in negotiations so that this process starts again when he starts his tenure.”

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Gregh-

 

I agree with your view in that -there's no 'visible reason' for the holdup. I had a thought, just recently (for obvious reasons) that one el ed ment behind the scenes had to with Trump's impeachment trial (which just concluded-with a correct and outcome.)

 

Regardless of the post-Hussein era duration, and the fact that there appear to be legitimate reasons for prior 'delays' (dasholes), I get the sense that a perfect time ('in today's standards') for an RV is one with minimal potential for future retrospective question or interpretation of Trump's 'status or influence' at the time. 

 

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KRG Delegation Postpones Visit to Baghdad

 
 BasNews   06/02/2020 - 20:28  Published inKurdistan
 
ERBIL - A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has postponed its visit to Baghdad due to the recent tensions in the capital city and other provinces.

Speaking to BasNews, Yassin Qadir, the chairman of the Kurdistan Farmers Union, explained that the delegates had planned to discuss with their Iraqi counterparts the issue of financial dues of the Kurdish farmers.

The visit was delayed as a result of the current situation in Iraq as well as "the nomination of Mohammed Allawi as as Iraq's PM-designate."

He did not specify a date for the visit, but noted that the delegates may head to Baghdad as soon as Allawi is approved as the new premier for the country.

Allawi has decided to address the issue of financial dues for the Kurdish farmers, Qadir said.

The Iraqi federal government has not paid the financial dues of the Kurdish peasants which is said to be more than 561 billion Iraqi dinars for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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02/09/2020 10:04
 

A proposed project in which the Kurdish blocs give up executive positions in the government of Muhammad Allawi and the appointment of a coordinator between Baghdad and Erbil

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Deputy Hoshyar Abdullah, on Sunday February 9, 2020, suggested that the Kurdish political blocs give up all executive positions in the government of Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, and content themselves with appointing a person as a coordinator between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to open the outstanding files between Baghdad and Erbil, the most important of which is the distribution of power and wealth. And resolve the issue of the disputed areas according to the articles of the Iraqi constitution.

Abdullah said in a statement received for the obelisk: that the Kurds' relinquishment of executive positions in the federal government must be met with serious steps and hard work to open all outstanding files, especially the constitutional rights of the people of Kurdistan and resolve the problem of the disputed areas and the issue of the distribution of wealth and power according to the articles of the Iraqi constitution, the issue of peshmerga salaries and the rest Outstanding problems.

Abdullah said: The resolution of these files for the citizens of the Kurdistan region is much more important than the participation of the Kurdish political blocs in executive positions in the federal government, and the time has come for the region's participation in the federal government to be of an institutional nature and not my party, and the government must form a new institutional after it has proven Previous experiences The futility of forming a party government that reproduces past failures and does not meet the aspirations of the people, and if this government is formed at least let it be different from the previous one in terms of formation and participation.

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Kurdish leader reveals political moves to thwart the Baghdad and Erbil agreement

Shafak News / The leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, Shirowan Shamirani, revealed on Saturday that there are important conditions for the Kurdish forces, in order to give confidence, to the Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, and his government, noting that there are political moves to thwart the recent agreement between Baghdad and Erbil.

Shamirani said, to Shafaq News, that "there is no Kurdish citizen from the Kurdistan region who accepts a ministry in the federal government, without his support by the Kurdish forces in the Iraqi parliament."

He emphasized that "the Kurds give and vote confidence to any government in Baghdad, based on conditions and specifications, the most important of which is the passage of the current budget for 2020, and the adoption of the agreement that occurred recently in last year between Erbil and Baghdad, regarding the oil deal, this is a very basic condition in the case."

And the leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Union said, "The implementation of these conditions cannot be implemented or abided by, without the presence of Kurdish ministers, who are trusted by the Kurdish parliamentary forces in Baghdad, and for this, the Kurds must have a presence in the next cabinet."

Shamirani warned that "there is an intention for some political parties, to thwart the recent agreement between the resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, and the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani."

It is assumed that Allawi, who was named prime minister after a difficult consensus reached by the political blocs, will present his formation to Parliament before the second of next March to vote on it, according to what the constitution provides.

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Peshmerga Ministry Awaiting Baghdad’s Approval on New Framework of Cooperation

 
 Basnews English 17/02/2020 - 14:44 Published in Kurdistan
Peshmerga Ministry Awaiting Baghdad’s Approval on New Framework of Cooperation
 

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs is waiting for the response from Iraq’s Defense Ministry on a proposed framework about the military cooperation and coordination between Erbil and Baghdad.

A senior official from Peshmerga ministry said they handed a proposal during their last meeting with Iraqi counterparts, and now it awaits Baghdad’s approval.

A delegation from Iraq’s Defense Ministry was planning to visit Erbil to discuss the proposal before the unrest in the country prolongs, the source added.

BasNews has learned that the main points in the Erbil proposal are as following:

  • Return of the Peshmerga forces to the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.
  • Organizing joint operations to battle the Islamic State.
  • Exchanging intelligence between the regional and federal governments.
  • Allocating the Peshmerga share from Iraq’s defense budget.
  • Including Peshmerga forces in military trainings.
  • Respecting the previous agreements between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces.
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Iraq’s Allawi is committed to Kurdish share of federal budget: MP

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Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi makes a televised address in Baghdad, February 19, 2020. Photo: Iraqi Prime Minister's Media Office / HO / AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfik Allawi says he is committed to sending the Kurdistan Region its share of the federal budget as agreed by the outgoing administration, a Kurdish MP and negotiator told Rudaw on Thursday.

Allawi has called on parliament to hold an extraordinary session on Monday to approve Iraq’s “first independent cabinet”. 

Hoshyar Zebari, a senior Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official, led a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad on Wednesday to meet with Allawi. 

Kurdish parties in the Baghdad parliament want to nominate their own candidates to sit on Allawi’s cabinet to guarantee Kurdish representation at a national level. 

They are also keen to preserve the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s share of the federal budget and to resolve territorial disputes which threaten national security

Harem Kamal Agha, a Kurdish MP in Iraqi parliament and member of the Kurdish delegation, spoke to Rudaw TV on Thursday and described the meeting with Allawi.

He showed his commitment to all the financial entitlements of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the past budget and the budget of this year,” Agha said. 

“Yesterday, we listened to his cabinet manifesto for resolving existing issues. He himself pointed out the Kurdistan Regional Government’s financial entitlements as constitutional, legal, and, in his words, moral, that he would never abandon this,” he added.

Baghdad cut the autonomous Kurdish region’s budget share from 17 percent to zero in 2014 in response to the KRG’s independent oil sales. 

The resulting financial crisis was compounded by a drop in world oil prices and the costly war with the Islamic State group (ISIS).  

This remained the case until 2018 when former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi provided the Region with a monthly payment of $266 million to cover public sector salaries. The KRG was also permitted to continue selling oil independently. 

Under the tenure of caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who is considered a friend of the Kurds, the KRG was granted a 12.6 percent share of the 2019 federal budget. This was conditional on the KRG delivering a quota of 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil to Iraq’s state oil marketing company (SOMO).

Although the KRG failed to comply with the oil quota, it still received its share of the budget, angering many Shiite leaders who accused Abdul-Mahdi of being too soft on the Kurds.

At the end of 2019, the KRG reached a new oil-for-budget deal with Baghdad along roughly the same lines and began meeting its quota

Allawi reassured the Kurdish delegation that the relationship would continue to improve under his new government, Agha told Rudaw. 

“He said that he would emphasize even more on the [constructive] approach that [caretaker PM] Mr. Adil Abdul-Mahdi followed with regards to the budget and other things,” he said
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Erbil-Baghdad relations have long been bedeviled by territorial disputes, which have left vast areas of ungoverned space open to jihadist infiltration. 

Parts of Kirkuk, Diyala, Saladin, and Nineveh are contested by the governments in Erbil and Baghdad. All of them have seen a spike in violence resulting from the failure of Iraqi and Kurdish forces to cooperate. 

Relations between the two hit their lowest ebb in October 2017 when an Iraqi offensive pushed the Kurdish Peshmerga out of the disputed territories.

Allawi told the Kurdish delegation he would prioritize security in the disputed territories, but did not hint at plans to allow the return of Peshmerga forces to these areas.

“He said he would work on full stability in Kirkuk, Mosul, and its surroundings, and other areas like Khanaqin,” Agha told Rudaw.

Since Allawi was tasked with forming a new government on February 1, he has insisted on the right to choose his own cabinet composed of independent, technocratic, and qualified individuals. He has resisted efforts by parliamentary blocs to impose partisan candidates.

Iraq’s Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish components are concerned that a cabinet of independents could deprive their communities of a voice at the top table. 

“Like Kurds, most of other parties also are opposed [to Allawi selecting his ministers himself], but due to public dissatisfaction and mistrust [of the ruling class], some of them [parties] avoid starting a debate,” Agha said.

“Everyone is against this style because it is not based on constitutional texts, so we saw most of the political parties, the Sunnis, Kurds, [Nouri] al-Maliki, reservations on the side of Ammar al-Hakeem. Only the Sadrists and Fatih support it, but they also have reservations,” he added.

“They say because of the reality on the ground among the Iraqi public, especially in Baghdad, the center and south, this discontent by the people, the death of a lot of people among the security forces, protestors, they liken this phase as transitional to restore the prestige of the state and prepare for elections,” Agha said.

However, it is not “the right method” to pick Kurdish ministers on behalf of the Kurdistan Region without consultation, he argued.

“Kurds have not accepted this so far, although we believe we are part of the solution. In Saturday’s and future meetings, I believe we will make a final decision,” he added.

Although it is up to the Kurdish delegation to decide whether or not Kurds will participate in the next government, the Shiites and some Sunnis will likely approve Allawi’s new cabinet regardless of Kurdish opposition, Agha warned.

Kurdish parties currently hold three ministries in the federal government. According to members of the Kurdish delegation, Allawi is expected to return Kurdish ministers to these same posts. 

However, given his desire to offer a clean slate, it is not clear whether the same Kurdish ministers will remain in office after Monday. 

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