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Barzani's party: What is taking place in Baghdad is "breaking shoulders", not negotiations

 

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On Monday (December 14, 2020), the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc in the Parliament of the Kurdistan region considered the ongoing negotiations in Baghdad between the federal government and a delegation representing the region as a process of "breaking the shoulders."

"What is taking place in Baghdad is not negotiations, it is a process of breaking the shoulders," said the bloc's spokesman, Bishwa Hawrami, in statements followed by  IQNEWS .

He added, "Baghdad wants to take a lot of us and give us a little, as well as there are attempts to thwart the agreement with it."


It is noteworthy that the member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Repin Rasul revealed, yesterday, Sunday (December 13, 2020) the expected arrival of the President of the region, Nechirvan Barzani, today, to Baghdad for talks with the parties and political blocs, as well as his presence in the signing ceremony of the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil 

on salaries and oil.

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A new agreement between Baghdad and Erbil before the end of the week .. Two main points before settling the differences

 

 

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Baghdad A former deputy from the Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, on Monday (December 14, 2020), the imminent announcement of a new agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil regarding the delivery of oil and the revenues of the ports. "It is expected that the negotiation rounds will end soon with the announcement of a new agreement that contributes to two basic points in organizing the delivery of customs resources, and determining the quantities of oil exported from the region," said the former deputy, Mohsen al-Saadoun, in a press interview. He added, "The negotiations are still ongoing between the Kurdish delegation, who is currently in the capital, Baghdad, and officials in the federal government in order to reach an agreement to zero in all the crises and contentious problems between the two parties." Al-Saadoun said, "The current talks in Baghdad will determine whether to return to the previous oil agreement or conclude a new agreement that differs from its predecessors to solve the issue of customs salaries and revenues," noting that "the agreement will be included in the general budget law for next year." The former deputy, for the Democrat, suggested that "the two parties announce within the next two days their new agreement regarding oil exports and the delivery of customs revenues to the federal government." He pointed out that "the Kurdish delegation held ten meetings during the current year with the federal government, during which it reached advanced results and final stages, but some political forces in Parliament took positions that are not subject to the concepts of the constitution or the law." And the House of Representatives voted on 12 November last, on the law of financing the fiscal deficit despite the withdrawal of the Kurdish blocs in objection to the article stipulating that the Kurdistan region’s share of the total actual spending be determined on the condition that the region is committed to paying the amounts of oil exported from the region and in the quantities specified by SOMO exclusively and the revenues Non-federal oil. During the past two weeks, Sulaymaniyah Governorate witnessed protests launched by employees, due to the delay in salaries, for more than two months. These protests were followed by the sending of the Kurdistan government, a delegation to Baghdad, to agree on a final formula on the delivery of the salaries of the region's employees in exchange for the delivery of Kurdistan oil and the revenues of the ports to the center. Earlier, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Repin Salam, confirmed that the President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, will visit Baghdad soon to sign a comprehensive oil agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil. Salam said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), "Barzani will visit Baghdad to sign the comprehensive agreement with the federal government, which provides for the delivery of 460,000 barrels of oil per day to the region, in exchange for handing over Baghdad to the region’s share of the budget and the salaries of employees and the Peshmerga in full." On Sunday (December 12, 2020), the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Saeed Mamo Zaini, accused the Shiite political blocs of exploiting the situation in the region by imposing impossible conditions on the Kurdish delegation negotiating in Baghdad to prevent any agreement. Mammo Zaini said in a special statement to (Baghdad Today), "The prior rejection of the Shiite political blocs before the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, whenever the two sides take a step forward, is very surprising." He added, "Representatives of the Shiite blocs are standing in front of any step forward in negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil through their threats to the central government in the event that money is sent to Kurdistan." "The delegation in Baghdad offered all flexibility and positively dealt with the demands and conditions of Baghdad, but the deputies of the Shiite blocs are dealing selectively and trying to exploit the region's position to impose impossible conditions," said Mamo Zaini. And that "trading the citizens' food for political and electoral purposes cannot be allowed, and we do not know what these MPs want with their poisonous statements that reject any agreement between Baghdad and Erbil."

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Regarding the ongoing discussions between the Kurdistan Region delegation and the federal government in Baghdad, the Vice President of the Iraqi Parliament declared that “the Kurdistan Region delegation accepted all conditions of Baghdad,” and on the problem of the village of Balkana, he said that “The commander of Kirkuk operations was informed that the army would not be allowed to approach Balakana.” .

The problem of the village of Balkana, which is affiliated with the Sarkran district in the district of Debs in the Kirkuk governorate. Haddad said: “What is happening in Sarkran, Balkana and others, is part of the pressure on the Kurdistan Region, so the issue must be dealt with wisely and the problem should be resolved through dialogue.”

Al-Haddad pointed out that the Kurdish representatives from Kirkuk have been working for days on this issue, and in his capacity as deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, today he formed a committee to solve the problem of Balkana, from the various components of Kirkuk, and the committee will visit the region and meet with the military committee in Kirkuk “We contacted the commander of Kirkuk operations and informed him that he is The army is allowed to approach that area.

In another aspect of his speech, Al-Haddad said: “We will devote all our efforts and powers to solving this problem, and this committee has been formed to solve the problem of the people of Balkana in the name of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, and discussions will be held on this problem with the Iraqi federal government as well.”

On the Kurdistan Region delegation’s meetings with the federal government in Baghdad, Al-Haddad said: “Close to the agreement, but the agreement has not been signed yet. The pressure this time is serious, and most of the Iraqi parties have turned against us and are working against the demands of the Kurdistan Region, and the work is not easy. Therefore, there is a need for intensive dialogue with the federal government. A political delegation and this delegation should meet with the Iraqi political parties to resolve these problems. We must also solve our problems with each other, and I call upon the Kurdish representatives to be real and serious defenders of the rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region.

Continuing his speech, the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives said: “The Kurdistan Region delegation agreed with the demands of the federal government in all areas, and it is not permissible for the salaries of employees to become a hostage to the political conflict.”

The deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, decided to form a parliamentary committee to follow up the problems of the village of Balkana and Sarkran sub-district of Kirkuk governorate.

A few days ago, the commander of the Kirkuk operations room, accompanied by the incoming Arabs, went to the village of Balakana and informed the people of the village to leave it by tomorrow, Monday (December 14, 2020), so that the expatriate Arabs would replace them, otherwise "the village will be evacuated from them by force."

Since the summer of this year, Arab expatriates have made several attempts to seize the agricultural lands belonging to the inhabitants of the village of Balakana from the Kurds. Residents of the Kurdish region say, "This is a conspiracy and it is much more than the problem of a single village."

The village of Balkana belongs to the Sarkran district, west of the city of Kirkuk, and it was inhabited by 56 families before the events of October 16, 2017. In addition, 11 expatriate families settled in the village.

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad over the Kurdistan Region’s delayed share of the federal budget have progressed, according to former Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

“There is a mutual understanding and only small details remain to be discussed,” Abadi told Rudaw’s Mustafa Goran on Sunday. “Civilians from Erbil, Sulaimani, Duhok, Basra, and Najaf are all the same and should be treated the same way.”

The newest delegation from Erbil arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, and met with the Iraqi government to secure several months of the Kurdistan Region’s withheld shares of the federal budget. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says it is dependent on the money to pay the salaries of civil servants on its payroll.

Widespread protests over unpaid wages spread across eastern parts of the Kurdistan Region earlier this month. The heavy deployment of security forces and their use of force have largely halted attempted protests over the last two days. 

A number of residents in the autonomous region say their faith in the ongoing negotiations resulting in the Kurdistan Region receiving its share of the federal budget is low.

“Baghdad has never abided by the agreements. We always agree to their terms, but then they send money for a month or two and stop,” Khalid Bakozi, a resident of Duhok, told Rudaw.

“I do not think there will be a deal, because there have been previous attempts at reaching a deal however it failed because they (Baghdad) did not keep their promises,” Fazla Jalal, a Sulaimani province resident said.

“Even if they reach a deal, it will not be implemented properly,” says Muhammad Awat, a student in Sulaimani. “We have previously tried and compromised a lot of what we have, but Baghdad always eventually refused to send our rightful share of the budget.”

The KRG has struggled to pay civil servant salaries in full and on time for five years due to the war against the Islamic State (ISIS), a drop in oil prices, and disputes with the federal government.

The already-existing budget dispute was further complicated in November with Iraqi parliament’s passing of the Fiscal Deficit Coverage Bill. Kurdish MPs staged a walk-out, angered over the obligation of Erbil to hand over an unspecified amount of oil in exchange for the Region’s budget share for the last two months of the year. 

KRG officials have expressed their disapproval of the deal, but said they would comply with it. 

Negotiations over the terms for accessing the funds in the 2021 budget have already been decided on, according to several politicians in early December. 

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Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, confirmed that Baghdad and Erbil are close to reaching a fair agreement.
Al-Haddad said, "The negotiations between the region’s delegation, which is visiting Baghdad, and the federal government are continuing on the outstanding issues and financial dues," indicating that "the two parties are close to the agreement, and we hope to reach a fair agreement that is in everyone's interest and commitment to implement its provisions."
He added, "The Kurdistan region has shown its full readiness to implement all its constitutional obligations towards the federal government
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Head of State of Law Coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, stressed on Monday the need to solve problems between the center and the Kurdistan Region, and apply the constitution without selection, calling for intensifying efforts to approve the wealth distribution law.
The Media Office for State of Law stated, in a statement, that Al-Maliki received in his office in Baghdad, the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation headed by Vice President of the Regional Government Qubad Talabani, and the two sides discussed developments in the political and security situations in Iraq and the region, and the relationship between the federal government and the region.

Al-Maliki stressed, according to the statement, the need to solve the problems existing between Baghdad and Erbil, apply the principles of the constitution without selection from any party, and achieve the interests of the Iraqi people everywhere, expressing solidarity with the demands of the Kurdish people that are consistent with the legal and constitutional contexts.

Al-Maliki called on the political forces to intensify efforts and dialogues in order to agree on the approval of the law on the distribution of natural wealth in Parliament.

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, confirmed earlier today that the Kurdistan Region has shown full readiness to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, indicating that the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil have led to a good convergence to resolve differences.

Al-Haddad said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that Kurdistan Region has expressed its full readiness to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, in exchange for the latter's respect for all its legal and constitutional obligations towards the region.

He stressed the importance of intensifying discussions and dialogues in order to resolve issues and issues in order to reach common understandings, converge visions on pending issues and overcome differences at this difficult stage, which requires everyone to make more efforts, efforts and joint cooperation.

Al-Haddad added that "negotiations are continuing so far, and the two parties are very close to the agreement and mutual understanding. We hope to reach practical solutions within the framework of a fair agreement between Erbil and Baghdad that is in the supreme national interest, and the two parties are bound to implement its provisions." This comes within the framework of the round of meetings and negotiations held by the Kurdish delegation headed by Vice President of the Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, with the federal government.
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“I do not think there will be a deal, because there have been previous attempts at reaching a deal however it failed because they (Baghdad) did not keep their promises,” Fazla Jalal, a Sulaimani province resident said.

What about the 250 barrels of oil you (the Kurds) agreed to send monthly on numerous occasions but never sent any ???

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Clarification on the collapse of the Kurdistan Region talks with Baghdad

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A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Sherwan Mirza, denied, on Tuesday, the collapse of the ongoing talks between Baghdad and Erbil, and the return of the Kurdish delegation to the Kurdistan Region without achieving any results.

Mirza said in a press statement followed by Digital Media NRT today (December 14, 2020), that “the information that spoke about the collapse of the talks between Baghdad and Erbil and the return of the Kurdish negotiating delegation to the Kurdistan Region is incorrect.”

He added, "Some members of the delegation returned to the region because there is no need for their presence in the capital, Baghdad, especially since the delegation includes more than 40 people."

He explained, "The head of the delegation and the main members are still in the capital, Baghdad, and the discussions and negotiations are continuing and have not collapsed, but no final agreement has yet been reached."

The second deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Bashir Al-Haddad, had announced earlier that the Kurdistan Region showed full readiness to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, indicating that the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil had led to a good rapprochement to resolve differences .

It is worth noting that a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government is currently conducting a round of meetings and negotiations in Baghdad with the federal government, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani .

 

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Al-Maliki affirms his solidarity with the Kurdish demands and calls for the implementation of the constitution without selection

Al-Maliki affirms his solidarity with the Kurdish demands and calls for the implementation of the constitution without selection
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head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, stressed on Monday the need to solve the problems between the center and the Kurdistan Region, and apply the constitution without selectively, calling for intensifying efforts to pass the wealth distribution law.
The Media Office for State of Law stated, in a statement, that Al-Maliki received in his office in Baghdad, the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation headed by Vice President of the Regional Government Qubad Talabani, and the two sides discussed developments in the political and security situations in Iraq and the region, and the relationship between the federal government and the region.

Al-Maliki stressed, according to the statement, the need to solve the problems existing between Baghdad and Erbil, apply the principles of the constitution without selection from any party, and achieve the interests of the Iraqi people everywhere, expressing solidarity with the demands of the Kurdish people that are consistent with the legal and constitutional contexts.

Al-Maliki called on the political forces to intensify efforts and dialogues in order to agree on the approval of the law on the distribution of natural wealth in the House of Representatives.

The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, confirmed earlier today that the Kurdistan Region has shown full readiness to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, indicating that the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil have led to a good convergence to resolve differences.

Al-Haddad said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that Kurdistan Region has expressed its full readiness to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, in exchange for the latter's respect for all its legal and constitutional obligations towards the region.

He stressed the importance of intensifying discussions and dialogues in order to resolve issues and issues in order to reach common understandings, converge visions on pending issues and overcome differences at this difficult stage, which requires everyone to make more efforts, efforts and joint cooperation.

Al-Haddad added that "negotiations are continuing so far, and the two parties are very close to the agreement and mutual understanding. We hope to reach practical solutions within the framework of a fair agreement between Erbil and Baghdad that is in the supreme national interest, and the two parties are bound to implement its provisions." This comes within the framework of the round of meetings and negotiations held by the Kurdish delegation headed by Vice President of the Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, with the federal government
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Kurdish MP: Erbil's exit without an agreement with Baghdad harms the interests of the Kurds

Political | 07:13 - 14/12/2020

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, Independent Kurdish MP Rebwar Karim confirmed, on Monday, that leaving Erbil without an agreement with Baghdad is harmful to the interests of the Kurds.
Karim said, according to the official agency, that "there has not been a final agreement between the two parties yet, and that the region and the federal government are continuing the talks," explaining that "it is in the interest of the Kurds to agree with Baghdad because their exit without an agreement will harm their interests."
Karim added, "The Kurdistan region will not be able to disavow or not abide in the event of an agreement being reached, but Erbil does not concede all that Baghdad demands.
He added that" what is rumored that the Kurdish delegation has accepted all the conditions of Baghdad is unfounded, "indicating that "The region is trying to use this point in the event that no agreement is reached to express a message to the Kurdish people that we have accepted all conditions of Baghdad, but it did not agree with us." Ended 29 / H

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After 17 years of disagreements with the Kurds, Al-Kazemi is close to resolving the greatest crisis in the political history of Iraq, and he may (bring what the early adopters could not) ..

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The political editor in Iraq Today wrote:

“Quietly, far from the spotlight, but with strength and determination, achieving advanced results.” This is how an informed source describes the negotiations that the federal government is conducting, with the Kurdistan Regional Government, over the delivery of exported oil, border crossings, and federal revenues, in exchange for allowing the region’s share of funds in the budget. Country General.

The source added, to (Iraq Today), that “the Al-Kazemi government is putting the final touches on what appears to be the first realistic and real agreement with the region’s authorities that are under the influence of the widespread popular protests that erupted more than a week ago in some Kurdistan’s provinces, and the government is firmly leading the negotiations, offering Only constitutional views, and they do not want to be blackmailed by the regional government, or to be blackmailed by their right, but rather they are pushing towards organizing the relationship with the region, as part of its powers and powers, and for matters to return to the constitutional path that guarantees the rights of the union and the region together.

The source also said, “Any agreement that is achieved in the coming hours or days will be realistic, and everyone will start implementing it and adhering to its outputs, and it will not be a (tactical trick) as it used to happen in the past, as the agreed upon soon turn on what they agreed upon, and return to point zero. ! ”

He pointed out that "if the Al-Kazemi government succeeds in passing this test, it will have achieved a real and strategic agreement that has not been achieved for several years, but rather decades."

In this context, the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, confirmed that negotiations are continuing between the Kurdistan Region delegation that is currently visiting Baghdad and the Iraqi government, noting that Baghdad and Erbil are “very close to the agreement and mutual understanding.

In a statement received by (Iraq Today), Al-Haddad stressed the importance of intensifying discussions and dialogues in order to resolve issues and issues in order to reach common understandings, converge visions on pending issues and overcome differences, "in this difficult stage that requires everyone to make more efforts, efforts and joint cooperation."

He pointed out that "negotiations are continuing so far, and the two parties are very close to the agreement and mutual understanding, and we hope to reach practical solutions within the framework of a fair agreement between Erbil and Baghdad that is in the supreme national interest, and the two parties are bound to implement its provisions."

The Ministry of Finance in the region had responded to a letter sent by the Ministry of Finance in the Federal Government regarding the Fiscal Deficit Financing Law, in which it expressed Erbil's willingness to fulfill its oil and financial obligations according to the Fiscal Deficit Financing Law, and demanded the federal government to start implementing the law and guarantee the share of the Kurdistan region as stipulated Law.

In this context, Al-Haddad reiterated that the region “is fully prepared to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, in exchange for the latter's respect for all its legal and constitutional obligations towards the region”.

If this agreement is implemented completely, accurately, and disciplined, then Al-Kazemi will have "accomplished what the first leaders could not) and achieved a wish that was almost impossible for all Iraqi prime ministers from 2003 until today

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Talabani: We are ready to deliver oil imports to Baghdad

Political | 08:48 - 12/14/2020

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Qubad Talabani, deputy head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, announced, on Monday, the continuation of dialogues in Baghdad to solve the outstanding problems.
Qubad Talabani told reporters, in Baghdad today, that "the dialogues and meetings will continue, stressing the readiness of the Kurdistan Regional Government to hand over oil and non-oil imports to Baghdad to reach an agreement, solve problems and ensure the benefits of the Kurdistan region."
Talabani had arrived Thursday, last Thursday, at the head of a high-ranking delegation to the capital, Baghdad, to start a new round of talks on the benefits of the Kurdistan region and the salaries of employees.

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Progress in dialogues between Baghdad and Erbil

Reports | 08:45 - 14/12/2020

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The dialogues between the Iraqi government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government to solve the pending problems between the two sides reached advanced stages, as the Kurdish negotiating delegation that arrived in Baghdad last week was able to reach understandings with Iraqi officials on a number of contentious issues, In light of the region's readiness to fulfill its obligations towards the federal government.
The deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, confirmed that Baghdad and Erbil are "very close to reaching an agreement and a common understanding," explaining, in a statement carried by Kurdish media, that negotiations are continuing between the two sides.
Al-Haddad, who is one of the Kurdish forces, stressed "the necessity of intensifying dialogues in order to resolve issues and issues, to reach common understandings and convergence in visions on the outstanding issues, and to overcome differences in this difficult stage that requires everyone to make more efforts, efforts and joint cooperation." Stressing that the Kurdistan region "renewed its full readiness to implement its constitutional obligations towards the federal government, in exchange for the latter's respect for all its legal and constitutional obligations towards the region."
Al-Haddad had said in a press interview, yesterday, Sunday, that the Kurdistan Region delegation agreed to the demands of the Baghdad government in various fields, expressing his hope that employees' salaries would be removed from the political conflict.
He pointed out that the dialogues are close to the agreement, which has not been signed yet, pointing to the need for an intense dialogue with the Iraqi government.
Sources close to the Kurdish delegation talked about the existence of a great rapprochement between the two sides, indicating that there is insistence on reaching an agreement on the financial differences between Baghdad and Erbil, during the current round of negotiations.
The sources indicated that the understandings reached will include determining the proportion of the Kurdistan region from the budget next year, the entitlements of the region’s employees, the mechanisms for handing over the region’s agreed oil export resources to Baghdad, as well as other controversial issues, stressing that the political leadership in the region is supportive of reaching an agreement soon. In order to accelerate the solution of the suffocating financial crisis that hit Kurdistan.
The understandings will include determining the region's percentage of the 2021 budget, the entitlements of its employees, and the mechanisms for handing over the region’s agreed oil export resources to Baghdad
, although the Iraqi government welcomes dialogue with Erbil; Deputies in the "Al-Fateh" coalition (the political wing of the Popular Mobilization Forces) are afraid of the results of this dialogue.
A member of parliament for the Al-Fateh Alliance, Abdul Amir Al-Mayahi, confirmed that the Kurdistan region did not commit to handing over the money of exported oil and border crossings to the federal government, indicating, in a press briefing, that the volume of services in the region is not commensurate with the funds obtained from Baghdad.
Member of Parliament Alia Nassif also warned, earlier, of the danger of the Baghdad government sending 960 billion Iraqi dinars (equivalent to 755 million dollars) to the Kurdistan region for the past 3 months without obtaining the amounts of oil and non-oil revenues.
Last Wednesday, a high-level Kurdish delegation headed by the Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, arrived in Baghdad, to continue the dialogues with the aim of reaching an agreement on the disputed issues between Baghdad and Erbil.
The dispute between Baghdad and Erbil over financial dues was renewed last month after parliament voted on the "financing the fiscal deficit" law, which allows the Iraqi government to borrow to provide employees' salaries, despite the Kurdish parliament's rejection of the law. As the Kurdish deputies left the voting session on the law after the rest of the parliament members insisted that the law include a clause that obligates the Kurdistan region to pay the previously agreed oil export amounts, otherwise the region’s share of the sums that will be borrowed will not be disbursed

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Kurdistan agrees to Baghdad's terms and is waiting for its share of the loans

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Shafaq News / The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s delegation, Qubad Talabani, announced on Monday that the Kurdish side agreed to all the provisions of the "borrowing" law that the Iraqi parliament voted on without its participation, indicating that they are waiting for the federal side to determine the region's share of the loans.

"We have been in Baghdad since last Wednesday in order to implement the borrowing law, which was issued in the Iraqi parliament without the participation of the Kurdish political parties," Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani told reporters.

Talabani, who is the vice president of the regional government, added, "Despite our observations on this law, we came to Baghdad in order to implement this law, and we held numerous meetings with government officials and negotiated with official and party authorities and influential figures in Baghdad."

He indicated that the law stipulates that the region should hand over oil and non-oil revenues to the federal government, indicating that the regional government is ready to abide by this condition, adding, "We are awaiting Baghdad's decision in this regard and how much will Kurdistan's share of the budget be after we agree to the condition."

On the fate of the negotiations conducted by the Kurdish delegation, Talabani said, "We have heard many words about the failure of negotiations with Baghdad, we tell them that the negotiations have not failed and they are continuing and we are here in Baghdad," stressing, "We will remain here until we reach an agreement in order to provide food for the people." The Kurdistan Region, especially the salaries of employees and others. "

Talabani explained, "Any share that will be agreed upon for the region is not a blessing to the people of Kurdistan, but rather its share from the general Iraqi budget, and we do not expect others to give charity to us, but rather our rights." 

Talabani pointed out that "the political atmosphere in Iraq at the present time is complicated as we go towards elections, so there are pressures on the political parties." We are here in Baghdad to obtain the right of the Kurdistan Region, especially the right of those with salaries in the region, and I am confident that we will reach a positive result. "

 

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Parliamentary Finance: imports in exchange for the region’s salaries, and nothing else

Monday, 14 December 2020 7:43 PM
 
Parliamentary Finance: imports in exchange for the region’s salaries, and nothing else
 

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A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Adnan Al-Zarfi, confirmed, on Monday, that the dialogue with the region is based on one path, which is the delivery of imports in exchange for salaries, and nothing else.

Al-Zorfi said in a statement to the National News Center, that “the dialogue with the region is based on one path, which is the delivery of imports in exchange for salaries and nothing else,”
adding that “whenever the region’s imports enter the federal treasury, the salaries of the region’s employees will be disbursed.”

The Iraqi government is finding it difficult to secure the salaries of its employees due to the financial crisis caused by the deterioration of oil prices and the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, not to mention corruption, as it resorted to borrowing 12 trillion dinars under the Deficit Financing Law by the Iraqi parliament on November 12, to distribute salaries until the end of the year The current one, amid assurances from the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, that he will face a problem in providing salaries as of the beginning of 2021. 

The Iraqi parliament voted on the law on financing the fiscal deficit despite the withdrawal of the Kurdish bloc’s representatives to object to the article stipulating that the Kurdistan Region’s share of the total actual spending (current and investment project expenditures) be determined after excluding sovereign expenditures “on the condition that the Kurdistan Region should pay the amount of oil exported from the region and in quantities. "Specified exclusively by the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company, SOMO, and the federal non-oil revenues, and in the event of non-commitment by the region, the expenses may not be paid to the region, and the violator of this text bears legal responsibility."

On August 15, Baghdad and Erbil reached an agreement to send the federal government 320 billion dinars per month to the Kurdistan Region for three months, provided that it is agreed to determine an amount of a fair percentage from the Kurdistan Region’s federal budget by adopting constitutional standards, population ratios and Kurdistan Region imports ( Oil and non-oil) in the previous year.

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The latest developments regarding the Kurdistan delegation’s talks in Baghdad: 'shocking' information about the region’s oil

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A source familiar with the progress of negotiations conducted by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s delegation in Baghdad confirmed, Tuesday, that Erbil is ready to hand over oil revenues to the federal government, but it refuses to deliver oil, due to the region’s agreement with Turkey known as the “50-year agreement”.  

The source, who preferred not to be named, said today (December 14, 2020), that "the talks of the regional government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani in Baghdad did not lead to any agreements between the two sides, and two members of the delegation are scheduled to return to Kurdistan."

He added, "Both the deputy prime minister of the provincial government, Qubad Talabani, and the finance minister are still in Baghdad in order to continue the talks."

He explained that "the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation expressed its full readiness to hand over oil revenues to the federal government, but Baghdad requires that Erbil deliver crude oil to the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company known as SOMO."   

And the source added, “One of the obstacles is that Kurdistan region does not own crude oil, because according to the (50 years) agreement between Erbil and Turkey, the Kurdistan Regional Government cannot dispose of crude oil, and it is allowed to dispose of the proceeds only, which are very few that it will not accept. Federal government ”.

In a parallel development, the leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Faiq Yazidi, announced that “a political delegation from the groups participating in the government from the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the Kurdish parliamentary blocs represented by change, the Islamic group, and the new generation, will visit Baghdad after the end of the government delegation’s talks. Kurdish with the federal government, who is currently in Baghdad ”.

He added that "the political delegation will go to Baghdad after the government delegation talks with the federal government for the Kurdistan Region and their return from Baghdad ends."

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A Kurdish deputy calls for a final settlement of the outstanding financial files between Baghdad and Erbil

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Member of the Finance Committee Jamal Cougar stressed the need to finally address the outstanding financial problems between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government.

Cougar said, that the ongoing dialogues between the regional government and the federal government is a positive step, and this is the first time that joint meetings at these levels are with the participation of the Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament and members of the Finance Committee, and this is the first time that the delegation of the Kurdistan region remains for all this period in Baghdad .

He added: The outstanding financial problems must be resolved permanently and it is not permissible for the region’s delegation to come every month to negotiate with the federal government. All matters and what are the duties of each side must be decided definitively.

He explained: It is not permissible for the problems to continue in this way and for the citizen to be in an unstable situation. Will the federal government send salaries or not? Will the Kurdistan Regional Government abide by the agreement or not ?, matters must be settled permanently

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said on Monday (December 14) that negotiations with federal officials continue and have not failed.

Last week, a delegation of officials from the KRG led by Talabani arrived in the Iraqi capital for face-to-face meetings about the federal budget and other financial issues.

Talabani said during a press conference that the delegation will remain in Baghdad until it is able to conclude an agreement about the Kurdistan Region’s share of the 2021 Federal Budget Law and oil exports.

“We have shown our commitment to the loan law to deliver oil and revenue,” Talabani said. 

Tensions between the two governments came to a head in April when Baghdad cut off all funding to the KRG following Erbil’s fifteen-month refusal to send oil to the federal government as it was required to under the 2019 Federal Budget Law.

As a result, the KRG was unable to pay its employees, missing several months of salary payments and cutting disbursements by almost a quarter.

Baghdad and Erbil recently reached a technical agreement over the Region’s budget share that would see the KRG send 250,000 barrels of oil per day and customs income to the federal government in return for 12.67 percent of the federal budget, which largely mirrors the language of the 2019 budget.

(NRT Digital Media)

 

 
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Talabani from Baghdad: We are ready to hand over all the region’s revenues and are assured of a successful outcome

Talabani from Baghdad: We are ready to hand over all the region’s revenues and are assured of a successful outcome
{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The head of the Kurdistan region’s delegation for dialogue with Baghdad, Qubad Talabani, confirmed that the region’s oil and non-oil revenues have been handed over to the federal government.

Talabani stressed in a press statement, "the continuation of dialogues and meetings between the governments of the center and the region," stressing "the region's willingness to abide by the application of the law on financing the fiscal deficit and solve problems by ensuring its entitlements and salaries of employees."
While describing the news that talk about the failure of the talks as news that "has nothing to do with the truth," indicating that "the Kurdish delegation does not demand more than the right of the Kurdistan region, and our arrival to Baghdad aims to implement the law on financing the fiscal deficit, despite the observations on it, and it was voted on after the deputies withdrew." Kurds from the session. "
Talabani explained that "the law requires the region to hand over oil and non-oil imports," noting that "the regional government delegation is waiting for the federal government's response, in exchange for handing over its oil and non-oil revenues," stressing "the continuation of the talks until a positive result is reached."
 While noting "the complexity of the political atmosphere in Iraq, and that the political parties are under electoral pressure", calling for "more patience from everyone to overcome this."

 

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Talabani from Baghdad: We are ready to hand over all the region’s revenues and are assured of a successful outcome

Talabani from Baghdad: We are ready to hand over all the region’s revenues and are assured of a successful outcome
 
{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The head of the Kurdistan region’s delegation for dialogue with Baghdad, Qubad Talabani, confirmed that the region’s oil and non-oil revenues have been handed over to the federal government.

Talabani stressed in a press statement, "the continuation of dialogues and meetings between the governments of the center and the region," stressing "the region's willingness to abide by the application of the law on financing the fiscal deficit and solve problems by ensuring its entitlements and salaries of employees."
While describing the news that talk about the failure of the talks as news that "has nothing to do with the truth," indicating that "the Kurdish delegation does not demand more than the right of the Kurdistan region, and our arrival to Baghdad aims to implement the law on financing the fiscal deficit, despite the observations on it, and it was voted on after the deputies withdrew." Kurds from the session. "
Talabani explained that "the law requires the region to hand over oil and non-oil imports," noting that "the regional government delegation is waiting for the federal government's response, in exchange for handing over its oil and non-oil revenues," stressing "the continuation of the talks until a positive result is reached."
 While noting "the complexity of the political atmosphere in Iraq, and that the political parties are under electoral pressure", calling for "more patience from everyone to overcome this."

 

I know this is a dumb question but are the talking about agreeing on the HCL??

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A new agreement between Baghdad and Erbil before the end of the week .. Two main points before settling the differences - urgent

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A former deputy from the Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, on Monday (December 14, 2020), the imminent announcement of a new agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil regarding the delivery of oil and the revenues of the ports.

"It is expected that the negotiation rounds will end soon, with the announcement of a new agreement that contributes to two basic points in organizing the delivery of customs resources, and determining the quantities of oil exported from the region," said the former deputy, Mohsen al-Saadoun, in a press interview.

He added, "negotiations are still ongoing between the Kurdish delegation, who is currently in the capital, Baghdad, and officials in the federal government in order to reach an agreement to zero in all the crises and controversial problems between the two parties."

Al-Saadoun explained that "the existing talks in Baghdad will determine whether to return to the previous oil agreement or conclude a new agreement that differs from its predecessors to solve the issue of customs salaries and revenues," noting that "the agreement will be included in the general budget law for next year."

He suggested the former deputy, for the Democrat, that "the two parties announce within the next two days their new agreement regarding the export of oil and the delivery of customs revenues to the federal government."

He pointed out that "the Kurdish delegation held ten meetings during the current year with the federal government, during which it reached advanced results and final stages, but some political forces in Parliament took positions that are not subject to the concepts of the constitution or the law."

And the House of Representatives voted on 12 November last, on the law of financing the fiscal deficit despite the withdrawal of the Kurdish blocs in objection to the article stipulating that the Kurdistan region’s share of the total actual spending be determined on the condition that the region is committed to paying the amounts of oil exported from the region and in the quantities specified by SOMO exclusively and the revenues Non-federal oil.

During the past two weeks, Sulaymaniyah Governorate witnessed protests launched by employees, due to the delay in salaries, for more than two months.

These protests were followed by the sending of the Kurdistan government, a delegation to Baghdad, to agree on a final formula on the delivery of the salaries of the region's employees in exchange for the delivery of Kurdistan oil and the revenues of the ports to the center.

Earlier, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Repin Salam, confirmed that the President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, will visit Baghdad soon to sign a comprehensive oil agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil.

Salam said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), "Barzani will visit Baghdad to sign the comprehensive agreement with the federal government, which provides for the delivery of 460 thousand barrels of oil per day to the region in exchange for handing over Baghdad to the region's share of the budget and the salaries of employees and the Peshmerga in full."

On Sunday (December 12, 2020), the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Saeed Mamo Zaini, accused the Shiite political blocs of exploiting the situation in the region by imposing impossible conditions on the Kurdish delegation negotiating in Baghdad to prevent any agreement.

Mammo Zaini said in a special statement to (Baghdad Today), "The prior rejection of the Shiite political blocs before the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, whenever the two sides take a step forward, is very surprising."

He added that "the deputies of the Shiite blocs are standing in front of any step forward in negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil through their threats to the central government in the event that money is sent to Kurdistan."

"The delegation in Baghdad offered all flexibility and positively dealt with the demands and conditions of Baghdad, but the deputies of the Shiite blocs deal selectively and try to exploit the region's position to impose impossible conditions."

And that "trading the citizens' food for political and electoral purposes cannot be allowed, and we do not know what these deputies want with their poisonous statements that reject any agreement between Baghdad and Erbil

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A Kurdish bloc reveals the fact that Baghdad and Erbil are close to signing a comprehensive oil agreement

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Today, Monday, the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in the Iraqi parliament revealed the fact that Baghdad and Erbil are close to signing a comprehensive oil agreement.

The head of the bloc, MP Jamal Ahmed, told "Baghdad Today", "We do not believe that any oil or financial agreement will be signed today between Baghdad and Erbil, as the root points of disagreement still exist between the two sides, and resolving these differences needs a longer time and deeper dialogues."

Ahmed stated that "there is no specific time to resolve the differences between Baghdad and Erbil, but solutions must be expedited, so there is no time, especially since delaying solutions delays the completion of the 2021 budget law."

He added, "All differences can be resolved according to dialogue and constitutional frameworks, especially if there are personalities who have the will to solve and not deepen the disagreement."

Earlier, and in a different position, a former deputy from the Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, on Monday (December 14, 2020), that a new agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil on the delivery of oil and revenues from the ports would soon be announced.

"It is expected that the negotiation rounds will end soon, with the announcement of a new agreement that contributes to two basic points in organizing the delivery of customs resources, and determining the quantities of oil exported from the region," said the former deputy, Mohsen al-Saadoun, in a press interview.

He added, "negotiations are still ongoing between the Kurdish delegation, who is currently in the capital, Baghdad, and officials in the federal government in order to reach an agreement to zero in all the crises and controversial problems between the two parties."

Al-Saadoun explained that "the existing talks in Baghdad will determine whether to return to the previous oil agreement or conclude a new agreement that differs from its predecessors to solve the issue of customs salaries and revenues," noting that "the agreement will be included in the general budget law for next year."

He suggested the former deputy, for the Democrat, that "the two parties announce within the next two days their new agreement regarding the export of oil and the delivery of customs revenues to the federal government."

He pointed out that "the Kurdish delegation held ten meetings during the current year with the federal government, during which it reached advanced results and final stages, but some political forces in Parliament took positions that are not subject to the concepts of the constitution or the law."

And the House of Representatives voted on 12 November last, on the law of financing the fiscal deficit despite the withdrawal of the Kurdish blocs in objection to the article stipulating that the Kurdistan region’s share of the total actual spending be determined on the condition that the region is committed to paying the amounts of oil exported from the region and in the quantities specified by SOMO exclusively and the revenues Non-federal oil.

During the past two weeks, Sulaymaniyah Governorate witnessed protests launched by employees, due to the delay in salaries, for more than two months.

These protests were followed by the sending of the Kurdistan government, a delegation to Baghdad, to agree on a final formula on the delivery of the salaries of the region's employees in exchange for the delivery of Kurdistan oil and the revenues of the ports to the center.

Earlier, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Repin Salam, confirmed that the President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, will visit Baghdad soon to sign a comprehensive oil agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil.

Salam said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), "Barzani will visit Baghdad to sign the comprehensive agreement with the federal government, which provides for the delivery of 460 thousand barrels of oil per day to the region in exchange for handing over Baghdad to the region's share of the budget and the salaries of employees and the Peshmerga in full."

On Sunday (December 12, 2020), the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Saeed Mamo Zaini, accused the Shiite political blocs of exploiting the situation in the region by imposing impossible conditions on the Kurdish delegation negotiating in Baghdad to prevent any agreement.

Mammo Zaini said in a special statement to (Baghdad Today), "The prior rejection of the Shiite political blocs before the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, whenever the two sides take a step forward, is very surprising."

He added that "the deputies of the Shiite blocs are standing in front of any step forward in negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil through their threats to the central government in the event that money is sent to Kurdistan."

"The delegation in Baghdad offered all flexibility and positively dealt with the demands and conditions of Baghdad, but the deputies of the Shiite blocs deal selectively and try to exploit the region's position to impose impossible conditions."

And that "trading the citizens' food for political and electoral purposes cannot be allowed, and we do not know what these deputies want with their poisonous statements that reject any agreement between Baghdad and Erbil."

 

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Kurdistan Region agrees to Baghdad's terms; awaits its response

“We will remain here until we reach an agreement.”

Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Azhi Omer) Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Azhi Omer)
 

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) delegation to Baghdad, Qubad Talabani, announced on Monday that the Kurdish side is waiting for a response from Baghdad, after it agreed to the provisions of the "budget deficit" law that the Iraqi parliament approved—despite the absence of representatives from the Kurdistan Region.

"We have been in Baghdad since last Wednesday in order to implement the budget deficit law, which was issued in the Iraqi parliament without the participation of the Kurdish political parties," Qubad Talabani, deputy head of the regional government, stated in a press conference.

Last month, the Iraqi parliament approved a budget deficit law in the absence of representatives from the Kurdistan Region, who boycotted the session over disagreements about a clause in the new law that Kurdish lawmakers described as “unfair” in allocating the share of the autonomous region in the federal budget.

 

"Despite our observations on this law, we came to Baghdad in order to implement this law, and we held many meetings with government officials and negotiated with official, party, and influential figures in Baghdad," Talabani explained in Monday’s press conference.

The controversial law stipulates handing over the region's oil and non-oil revenues to the federal government. Talabani indicated that the regional government was ready to abide by this condition, as he added, "We are awaiting Baghdad's decision in this regard and how much the share of the Kurdistan Region will be in the budget, after we agree to the condition."

"We have heard many words about the failure of negotiations with Baghdad,” Talabani said. But “we tell [people saying such things] that the negotiations have not failed. They are continuing, and we are here in Baghdad.”

“We will remain here until we reach an agreement,” Talabani affirmed.

“Any share that will be agreed upon for the region is not a gift to the people of Kurdistan,” he stated, “but rather their constitutional share from the general Iraqi budget. We do not expect others to give charity to us, but rather our rights."

Talabani also noted that "the political atmosphere in Iraq at the present time is complicated, as we go towards elections, so there are pressures on the political parties.”

He called on all sides "to have patience,” adding, “We are here in Baghdad to obtain the rights of the Kurdistan Region, especially the right of those with [government] salaries in the region, and I am confident that we will reach a positive result."

Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Azhi Omer)

Editing by Laurie Mylroie

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