KRG: Implementing Article 140 can end terror and insurgency
Ministerial Council session condemns deadly insurgent actions in Kirkuk
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.