KRG: Im­ple­ment­ing Ar­ti­cle 140 can end ter­ror and in­sur­gency

Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil ses­sion con­demns deadly in­sur­gent ac­tions in Kirkuk

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government ( KRG) held its first ses­sion of 2013 on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16th.

The meet­ing was chaired by the re­gion’s Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani, and at­tended by his Deputy Imad Ahmed and his cab­i­net min­is­ters.

The ses­sion started with con­dem­na­tion of the se­ries of ter­ror­ist at­tacks and deadly bomb­ings in the city of Kirkuk and the town of Tuz Khur­mato that left 28 dead and 176 in­jured.

The Coun­cil passed its con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the dead and wished a speedy re­cov­ery for the wounded peo­ple, while re­it­er­at­ing that the KRG is ready to pro­vide any as­sis­tance to the vic­tims in terms of hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and med­i­cal treat­ment at the re­gion’s hos­pi­tals.

At­ten­dants of the ses­sion ar­gued that the at­tacks reem­pha­sized the need for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 140 of Iraq’s per­ma­nent con­sti­tu­tion and find­ing a fi­nal so­lu­tion for the Kur­dis­tani ar­eas out of the of­fi­cial Kur­dis­tan Re­gion bor­ders. This, ac­cord­ing to the KRG, would help set­tle the sit­u­a­tion and re­turn se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity to the re­gion.

Fur­ther­more, the coun­cil touched base on the is­sue of im­ple­ment­ing and fol­low­ing the gov­ern­men­tal de­ci­sion, reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions. PM Barzani em­pha­sized on the ne­ces­sity of fol­low­ing all the reg­u­la­tions and de­ci­sion of the pres­i­dency of the Coun- cil of Min­is­ters in the right way and in a timely man­ner.

“De­lays and fail­ure to im­ple­ment and fol­low the de­crees and rec­om­men­da­tions are un­ac­cept­able and they should be im­ple­mented in a timely and proper man­ner,” em­pha­sized PM Barzani dur­ing the ses­sion.

The ses­sion also de­cided to es­tab­lish a com­mit­tee to work on the new pro­ce­dures for im­port­ing cars into the re­gion.

The com­mit­tee will be as­signed to set a dead­line to hold im­ports un­til the new pro­ce­dures are an­nounced based on new stan­dards.

The pur­pose of the new pro­ce­dures is to stan­dard­ize the car im­port ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion, re­de­fine the re­quire­ments and con­di­tions to re­or­ga­nize the mar­ket.

KRG Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try is as­signed to co­or­di­nate with the Min­istry of In­dus­try of the cen­tral government of Iraq in Bagh­dad in this re­spect.

An­other topic raised dur­ing the ses­sion was re­lated to the plots of land the government al­lo­cates for projects and distri­bu­tion. The coun­cil de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue fur­ther and find a mech­a­nism to com­pen­sate those peo­ple who have the lands in pos­ses­sion.

At the end of the ses­sion, the min­is­te­rial coun­cil as­signed rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties and government agen­cies to draft a law for im­pos­ing en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions and pun­ish those who ig­nore them and pol­lute the en­vi­ron­ment. This de­ci­sion was reached as an ef­fort to raise the en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness of the peo­ple and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment from pol­lu­tion, and es­pe­cially the tourist at­trac­tions and pub­lic places.

A view of the Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil Ses­sion in Er­bil, Jan­uary 16, 2013.

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