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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  1.8.2012   





August 1, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Barzani ready to go to Iraqi Council of Representatives

Erbil: Kurdistan Region's President Massoud Barzani said he is ready to go to the Iraqi Council of Representatives if the MPs decide to host him, Kurdish Xendan news agency reported. The president issued a statement on Tuesday saying there are reports that some Iraqi MPs are preparing to host him in the Council. "I have a high respect for this Council which represents the entire Iraqi people…. and I'm proud that with our share of power we participated in creating such a situation where Iraq today enjoys such a Council. "Therefore, whenever this Council intends to host me, I'm ready to appear in front of it and speak the whole truth." aknews.com

Barzani ready to attend Iraqi parliament session, if asked for

Erbil: Kurdish region president Massoud Barzani announced he will be ready to attend Baghdad Parliament sessions, if he was asked for. Kurdish Interior Ministry electronic site quoted Barzani saying he "respects the Iraqi Parliament which represents all Iraqi components. The decision to attend Parliamentary session comes following State of Law MPs started a signature campaign to recall Barzani to discuss pending question, mostly the oil and gas issues. aswataliraq.info

Unity of Kurdish ranks stressed, Barzani

Erbil: Kurdisatn region president Massoud Barzani meeting with Kurdish government and political circles here stressed the unity of the Kurdish ranks, defence of Kurdish rights and solving differences with Baghdad through dialogue and the implantation of the constitution. The meeting was held after days of tension between Baghdad and Erbil following Iraqi forces try to enter disputed areas near the Syrian borders, which were under Kurdish control since 2003. The meeting resulted in several points, namely, unity of the Kurdish ranks and stands, readiness to defend Kurdish achievements, solving political differences through dialogue, the implementation of the constitution and accords and stressing the brotherhood between the Arabs and the Kurds, in addition to other components, as a major base to govern in Iraq. The conferees expressed their hopes that Iraqi circles and public opinion will play their historic role in defending democracy, institutions and joint action in administering the state and power. aswataliraq.info

Russian desire in Kurdistan energy projects, Energy Assistant Minister

Erbil: Russian Energy Assistant Minister expressed the desire of his country to contribute in energy projects in Kurdistan, according to a statement by the ministry here Tuesday. The statement added that Russian Assistant Minister Yuri Sintorin held talks here , expressing that giant Russian companies are ready to attend and invest in energy generation in the region. The meeting tackled the Russian-Kurdistan relations and possibilities of investments in this sector. Kurdish Electricity Minister Yassin Sheikh Abu Bakr called the Russians to develop Dukan power station, which was implemented by a Russian company in 1976. aswataliraq.info

50% increase in trade exchange via Kurdistan-Iran border point

Erbil: The trade exchange in the past six months via Haji Omran border point has increased 50% as compared to the same duration in 2011, director for the border point said. The increase is related to a change in the working schedule, said Massoud Bateli; the working hour was extended from early evening till 10.00 p.m. The official did not provide any statistics for comparison. Bateli explained the trade exchange was more for imported material and foodstuff because the Kurdistan Region has limited local products. Haji Omran border post, 147km north east of Erbil, was announced an international border passage by the Iraqi government in April 2008. aknews.com

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