PM Barzani vis­ited Su­laimani and talked about na­tional and re­gional is­sues

Pre­mier Nechir­van Barzani called for the Iraqi fed­eral gov­ern­ment to honor the last agree­ment signed be­tween the Kur­dis­tan re­gional gov­ern­ment and Iraqi gov­ern­ment.

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The Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, vis­ited the prov­ince of Su­laimani and met with the lo­cal of­fi­cials to dis­cuss the short­com­ings of pub­lic ser­vices in the prov­ince. He also in­au­gu­rated the 400-bed pub­lic hos­pi­tal which took the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) nine years ap­prox­i­mately to build it. PM Barzani also par­tic­i­pated at the com­mence­ment cer­e­mony of the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Iraq-Su­laimani.

In a press con­fer­ence held on May 30, the Pre­mier Barzani stated that the ma­jor fac­tor of the visit to Su­laimani was to in­au­gu­rate some projects as well as to closely deal with the prob­lems and find so­lu­tion for them. He added that a min­is­te­rial ses­sion held in the city, adding that the city has been ap­pointed as cul­ture cap­i­tal of the Re­gion and it was dis­cussed in de­tail in the meet­ing.

Lack of money in the banks

The Prime Min­is­ter added that the is­sue of lack of money in the banks is not only a prob­lem in Su­laimani but it also ex­ists in other prov­inces. Barzani said: “One of the main rea­sons be­hind this prob­lem backs to Iraqi gov­ern­ment that de­lays the Kur­dis­tan’s na­tional share.” He added that part of the prob­lem has been re­solved and the KRG strives hard to to­tally fix the prob­lem.

Fuel crises

Barzani said that the KRG has been strived hard to solve the fuel crises dur­ing the fifth, sixth and seven cab­i­nets in or­der to be­come in­de­pen­dent in the sec­tor of fuel. “There was no in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion be­fore 2004 to pro­vide enough fuel and pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity.” He said the KRG has been started that pol­icy since 2004 be­cause Kur­dis­tan’s fuel share has been over the past years de­creased by Bagh­dad. Af­ter con­struct­ing the fuel in­fra­struc­ture and re­finer­ies, Barzani says, I as­sure all the peo­ple that fuel crises will end and the cab­i­net’s ef­forts to put an end to the prob­lem con­tin­ues.

The up­com­ing elec­tions

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, Barzani said: “There is no in­di­ca­tion that the up­com­ing Kur­dish elec­tions will be post­poned.”

The draft con­sti­tu­tion

and the re­ac­tions

Re­gard­ing the re­cent heated de­bates over the con­sti­tu­tion, PM Barzani said Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent, Mas­soud Barzani, did not say the draft con­sti­tu­tion must be put to ref­er­en­dum. He also added that the le­gal pro­ce­dures have been a few years ago fin­ished to put it to ref­er­en­dum. “The pol­icy of Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent and the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) is to find a way to solve the is­sue based on na­tional con­sen­sus. He said that the is­sue of re­turn­ing the draft to Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment is a le­gal is­sue. Le­git­i­macy of the oil con­tracts The Prime Min­is­ter said that the oil con­tracts signed with the in­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are based on the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion. “Iraqi fed­eral’s con­sti­tu­tion has given the right to the KRG to sign oil con­tract and the oil com­pa­nies which are now op­er­at­ing in the re­gion are fa­mous com­pa­nies,” he said.

Barzani added that the con­tracts have been dis­played on the KRG’s Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources very trans­par­ently and the rev­enue came from the sale of the oil had been spent to re­build the in­fra­struc­ture of Kur­dis­tan. “I, as the Prime Min­is­ter of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, as­sure you that the process is trans­par­ent.”

KDP-PUK strate­gic al­liance

The Pre­mier Barzani said that the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party KDP) and PUK will re­main strate­gic al­liance and will hold joint meet­ings to talk about the im­por­tant is­sues. He said the PUK’s lead­er­ship have the same opin­ion as the KDP and say na­tional con­sen­sus is needed over the draft.

Peace process in Tur­key

Re­gard­ing the on­go­ing peace process in Tur­key, Barzani said that the Iraqi gov­ern­ment con­cerns the Kur­dish cause in Tur­key as an in­ter­nal is­sue but it is con­cern­ing about the with­draw­ing process of the PKK fight­ers to Kur­dis­tan in Qandil Moun­tain.

Inau­gu­ra­tion of 400-bed

hos­pi­tal

PM Barzani in his visit to the prov­ince of Su­laimani in­au­gu­rated the 400-bed pub­lic hos­pi­tal which took the KRG nine years to fin­ish it. Barzani said it is a great achieve­ment for the KRG to fin­ish the project even it has been tak­ing sev­eral years.

Barzani in AUIS

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani at­tended at a com­mence­ment cer­e­mony at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in IraqSu­laimani (AUIS) on Thurs­day May 30, 2013.

The cer­e­mony was presided over by Chair­man of the Board of Trustees Dr. Barham Salih, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and AUIS Pres­i­dent Dr. Athana­sios Moulakis.

Around 1,000 stu­dent fam­ily mem­bers, friends and em­i­nent guests such as Deputy to Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent Kos­rat Ra­sul Ali and a num­ber of the gov­ern­men­tal min­is­ters as well as for­eign fig­ures were taken part in the event held on the univer­sity’s cam­pus.

Salih, Chair­man of the Board, hon­ored the con­sec­u­tive supports of the Pre­mier Barzani and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG).

Speak­ing at the com­mence­ment cer­e­mony, Barzani con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ate stu­dents and their fam­i­lies. He stated that the KRG is al­ways ready to as­sist the univer­sity.

“The KRG has stepped for­ward in many fields, es­pe­cially in the field of ed­u­ca­tion that’s why the level of il­lit­er­acy has dropped that much in our re­gion.”

De­spite the short­com­ings, he says, the cab­i­net is striv­ing hard to re­solve the prob­lems. “I am sure that we are on the right di­rec­tion,” Barzani added.

Barzani also added that the KRG will con­tinue on the Hu­man Ca­pac­ity De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (HCDP) which funds the skilled stu­dent to get schol­ar­ship in the for­eign uni­ver­si­ties.

Ad­dressed to the stu­dents di­rectly, PM Barzani said you have learned dur­ing the past four years at the univer­sity that peace is the best choice for co­ex­is­tence, de­vel­op­ment and so­lu­tion of the dis­putes.

“I do hope the knowl­edge you have gained will give the peace process that the KRG has cho­sen a great power in or­der to re­solve the prob­lems with di­a­logue peace­fully.”

The KRG is, Barzani says, not a threat over any power or state but also it is the fac­tor of peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion. He said, for in­stance, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment has had a great role to de­velop many fields in Iraq.

He hon­ored the Chair­man of the Univer­sity’s Board, Salih, who tried hard to es­tab­lish the AUIS in the first place.

KRG and cen­tral dis­putes

Re­gard­ing the dis­putes be­tween the KRG and the fed­eral Iraqi gov­ern­ment, Barzani stated, “We have sev­eral prob­lems with Bagh­dad which are not re­solved yet.”

“I dis­cussed the dis­putes with Prime Min­is­ter Nuri Ma­liki frankly in my last visit to Bagh­dad.” Barzani added that he told the Iraqi of­fi­cials to honor the agree­ment this time. “Hon­or­ing the agree­ment will pave the way to solve all the other prob­lems.”

The Prime Min­is­ter stated that the Kurds will in­sist on their de­mands to fully im­ple­ment the con­sti­tu­tional ar­ti­cle 140 on the Kur­dish ar­eas out­side the KRG’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, their share of Iraq’s bud­get, Bagh­dad’s fund­ing for Pesh­marga forces and the rights to de­velop the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s oil and gas sec­tor.

“We should not be shy in seek­ing our own rights,” Barzani said, adding that there are some par­ties treat the Kur­dish rights as sort of shame.

He said the Kurds will com­mit to the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion and that the Iraqi gov­ern­ment has to ap­pre­ci­ate this Kur­dish com­mit­ment.

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