Bargaining on a referendum in Kurdistan: US pressure to postpone it and Kurdish conditions to discuss the proposal


Bargaining on the Kurdistan referendum: American pressure to postpone it and Kurdish conditions

Baghdad Aktham Saif al – Din

13 August 2017

The file of the referendum on the secession of the Kurdistan region from Iraq scheduled next month, a new phase, with the start of a US move to postpone it, which was met by officials of the Territory to request “alternatives” and “guarantees”, which appears to be in other files carried by a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad during In light of the escalation of the Iraqi government rhetoric and refusal to recognize the outcome of the referendum in return for confirmation of its openness to dialogue.
Barzani asked for alternatives to meet Washington’s desire to postpone the referendum on secession

Washington began a public move to pressure the Kurdistan authorities to postpone the referendum scheduled for September 25, by telephone by US Secretary of State Rex Tilerson, the President of the province Massoud Barzani. 

The presidency of the region in a statement, that Barzani asked for “guarantees” and “alternatives” to meet Washington’s desire to postpone the referendum on secession, stressing that “the people of Kurdistan will go on its way and decide its fate.”
The statement said that Tilerson telephoned Barzani, expressing Washington’s desire to postpone the referendum and “support the continuation of talks and negotiations between the region and Baghdad.”
The statement pointed out that Tilerson “praised the role of the Peshmerga forces in the elimination of the preacher ,” and welcomed the role of Barzani and the Kurdish political leadership and “the decision to form a high-level delegation from the region to Baghdad to negotiate with them on political matters.”
In this context, Barzani said that a delegation from the region “will visit Baghdad soon to discuss issues concerning the future of relations.”
“What guarantees can be offered to the people of Kurdistan in return for postponing the referendum, and what alternatives will replace the self-determination of the people of Kurdistan?” Barzani asked.
Barzani said that “the partnership and peaceful coexistence, which was the main objective of Kurdistan with Iraq in the successive historical stages experienced by the two parties did not materialize, so the people of Kurdistan will go its way and decide its fate.”
“The date (of the referendum) as of September 25 has not changed,” said Hoshyar Zebari, a senior member of the Supreme Council for the Referendum, Barzani adviser Hoshyar Zebari, as saying in response to Tillerson’s request. .

Public adherence to the date of the referendum may not be final, especially if US pressure succeeds in reaching a settlement that leads to postponement and ensure the fulfillment of a number of Kurdish demands.

 A Kurdish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the “New Arab” that “Tillerson asked Barzani to postpone the date of the referendum until the completion of the liberation of Iraqi land from the dailies.”
The official said that “Barzani confirmed to Wilson that he will discuss the postponement of the date of the referendum and take the appropriate decision on it,” adding that “Tillerson promised to work Washington to resolve the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad to ensure the rights of both parties.”
The official stressed that “the Kurdish side does not insist on this date, it is not a sacred date, but we want guarantees of our rights exceeded by successive governments in Baghdad,” adding that “the Kurdish people are pressing for access to their rights.”
For his part, MP from the “Democratic Party of Kurdistan”, Renas Jano, the “new Arab”, that Tilerson’s contact with the President of the Kurdistan region was not to discuss the referendum only, but the referendum was among the themes discussed by the two men.
“It is likely that Baghdad will be the one that asked the American side to intervene to put pressure on Barzani to postpone the date of the referendum,” he said, adding that “this does not mean that the region has no opinion on that.”
He stressed that “Washington and all parties have not shown their opposition to the referendum and the subject of the right of self-determination of the Kurds, but the opposition is only about timing,” noting that “the presidency of the region believes that this timing is very appropriate.”
 He pointed out that “Barzani did not make any promises to Talerson on the postponement of the date or not, and we are waiting for the Kurdish delegation, which will visit Baghdad in a few days, and will discuss the subject with a number of other outstanding topics.”

This development precedes the visit of the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad, which “carries in its package a lot of outstanding issues between the two parties, which are waiting for solutions from the government of Baghdad, the most important file of the referendum,” according to the MP, “the Kurdistan Alliance,” Abdul Qadir Mohammed, “the Arab the new”.

According to Mohammed, “of the other outstanding issues to be discussed by the delegation in Baghdad, the disputed areas, which set a time limit, but the Baghdad government exceeded the ceiling has not resolved the file so far, and the file of Arab settlers sent by the federal government to the Kurdish areas, and the need to compensate the federal government for them To return to their areas, and compensation of displaced Kurds, which is also limited by a time limit, but the government did not implement any paragraph of them.
He added that among those files also file what he called “land seized by the federal government in the villages and Kurdish areas, and return the land to their owners,” stressing that “all these files are stuck between the parties, and there are a number of differences on them, and the Government of Baghdad is slowing down And put obstacles in the face of their implementation, trying to pass the time to win the dispute in their favor, “stressing that” we did not find any response by the Government of Baghdad to resolve all these files. “
He pointed out that “these files are subject to discussion, and as a result if Baghdad wants to reach a solution, it is in its own hand, it must take the steps of a genuine democracy for the solution,” adding: “We did not see any seriousness by the government of Abadi to resolve these files, and we are optimistic about resolving.”

The Iraqi government: Any solution with Kurdistan must be in accordance with the Constitution, which does not permit the holding of the referendum

And with the announcement of the Kurdistan Government’s intention to send a delegation to Baghdad, and talk about its adherence to the referendum, I met Baghdad by escalating the tone on the dialogue expected, stressing that “any solution with the Kurdistan region must be in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, which does not permit the holding of the referendum.”

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said in a televised statement that “the position of the government towards the referendum is firm and frank and has not changed, that we are with serious dialogue with the region to overcome the controversial issues in the event it coincided with the text of the Constitution and adapted to its general provisions in the interest of The supreme state of the country and preserve its unity. “
“Iraq is one democratic federal country. The constitution is a guarantor of the unity of Iraq and we are ready for dialogue, but we need to go beyond unilateral decisions imposed by one side over another, because these unacceptable solutions do not lead to the stability of the country,” he said.
He stressed that “the Constitution in any case does not give any legal basis for any party in Iraq to hold a referendum for self-determination and separation, and certainly any action and any referendum may be contrary to the Constitution and illegal, and therefore we do not recognize this referendum and its consequences if it happened.”
The Kurdish delegation was due to arrive in Baghdad last week, while its visit was postponed, at a time when observers stressed the futility of dialogue because of the escalation of the dispute and the tense statements between the parties, which threatens a new crisis.
“The relationship between Baghdad and Erbil is at stake, and this new page of dialogue will open a page of crises between the two parties,” said political expert Naeem al-Awadi. “The crisis has preceded dialogue. We see and hear the accusations being dropped between the parties, And each of them accuses the other of violating the Constitution, which threatens a new crisis.
He pointed out that “the disagreement, the lack of access to the delegation last week raises many questions about the reasons that hindered his arrival, and raises questions about the possibility of sending a delegation this week,” stressing that “the dispute will affect a lot on electoral alliances and the files of Kirkuk and Mosul, And the war on the preacher. “


Iraq is entering the global financial markets with great success

13/8/2017 12:47 AM

 Expert for {morning}: prime economic minister plans paid off
Baghdad / follow Farah pumice
announced the Iraqi Trade Bank of the success of his participation as a manager issue in the process of global international Iraq bonds put forward for the first time, at a time whenfinancial expert confirmed that Dr. Haider Abadi , the prime minister ‘s plans succeeded and paid off .
The government issued 1 billion dollars worth of bonds on the world market for five and a half years at a 100 percent issuance rate and a yield of 6.75 percent.
Citibank, JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank were co-directors of the bond issue, while the Iraqi Trade Bank was co-director.
The bond is rated B-Stable by global rating agencies Fitch and S & P. ​​Bonds are also expected to fall into the Irish stock market.
The government, along with the banks that manage the bond issue, has organized a wide range of offerings in London, Boston and New York, as they received a very positive interest from investors from global investment funds.
The proceeds exceeded the value of what was on the market more than seven times the amount required.
Faisal Al-Hims, General Manager of the Iraqi Trade Bank, said: “We are proud to have been involved in the issuance of bonds worth one billion dollars for the first time by the Iraqi government.”
“We are also pleased with the positive result we have gained from the global capital market, as the proceeds of the IPO exceeded several times was not reflected the confidence of the global capital market in the economic future of Iraq.”
Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi said at the weekly press conference that “Iraq has issued a billion-dollar treasury bonds a few days ago without any external support.” He added that “the requests to buy the Iraqi bond is very large, although the interest rate is 6.7 percent.”
He explained that “Iraq launched two years ago Treasury bonds to support its budget, but the requests were weak and the interest rate is very high 11.5 percent,” noting that “the government is working to provide an environment conducive to investment.”
According to the financial adviser to Prime Minister Dr. “This measure gives a strong signal to investors to deal with Iraq with high confidence, as well as the possibility of financing the general budget flexible external or international sources are the global financial markets and not from countries or multilateral financial institutions.”
He pointed out that the important thing in this subject is the confidence of investors in the Iraqi economy and the strength of the national economy promising the victor in the front of the war on terrorism, and we are now reaping the results of the victory really.
The financial expert, Thamer al-Azzawi, told al-Sabah that the prime minister’s plans have borne fruit, despite the circumstances that the country has undergone in the past period.
He said: “The plans implemented by Dr. Abadi three years ago were well studied, especially with regard to capital. We succeeded in maintaining the dinar exchange rate while continuing to pay salaries and dues, maintaining the war against the enemy and achieving economic victories parallel to security.”


Sources for the morning: the escape of tens of {Al-Da’ash} from Tal Afar

13/8/2017 1:54 AM

BAGHDAD / Al-Sabah /
Mosul / Shorouq Maher
Tikrit / Samir Adel The
data on the field of the field prove one day after the last emptiness and the end of the organization «Daqash» terrorist, as our troops yesterday seized the warehouse strategic storage of weapons and thousands of tons of ballistics and mines left after fleeing panic from Mosul .
The besieged Tal Afar district, according to the sources of «morning», witnessed the outbreak of the escape between the members and leaders of this enemy against the background of the approaching date of the battle to liberate.
Quantities of confiscated weapons
The Ministry of Defense announced that, based on accurate information, great efforts and pre-emptive operations, a military intelligence force carried out a duty in the Musheirfa area north-west of the right-hand Mosul coast.
It was able to seize a very large depot representing the strategic stockpile of weapons and battered gangsticks, which contains hundreds of light and medium weapons and various types of gear.
The head of the federal police forces, Major General Raid Shaker Jawdat, revealed that the gangs left thousands of tons of shells, improvised explosive devices, booby traps, mines, mortars and heavy weapons in the city of Mosul, adding that the engineering teams are making extraordinary efforts to cleanse the right side and completely clean the neighborhood.
He said a federal police force had found a training center in the old clock in Mosul and killed a terrorist wearing an explosive belt who tried to attack a checkpoint in the Yarmouk district and seized 10 explosive belts, 15 bazurkas, 30 miscellaneous metal containers and 4
The correspondent of the «morning» quoted the police chief of Nineveh, Brigadier General Wathiq al-Hamdani, confirmed the discovery of 32 belts explosive and 600 lightning and mobile devices ready to link and detonation and dozens of barrels containing explosive materials used in the manufacture of IEDs and the booby-traps of the wheels and houses, were hidden in the areas of revolution and Wadi Akkab Western Mosul, and was transferred to the headquarters of the operations of Nineveh, as local security forces continue to search for the remnants of «dashing» of weapons and explosive belts and explosives in the general public of the
right coast .
Gangs execute elements
and boycotted district of Tal Afar (60 km west of Mosul) which is surrounded by pieces ofbody popular crowd several months ago, a colonel in command of joint operations Khalid Al- Jawary said in a statement to us, that « the popular crowd forces killed about six Doaash by trying to escape at dawn yesterday Elimination towards the Syrian-Iraqi border ».
He noted that these forces are deployed extensively on the outskirts and perimeter of the judiciary to monitor and kill those fleeing from these terrorists.
Inside Tal Afar, there has been a widespread outbreak of desertion between terrorist leaders and leaders, making bandits resort to mass executions of those who tried to flee.
The captain of Nineveh police Ahmed al-Obeidi said that these gangs carried out yesterday a mass execution involving 20 of its members after their arrest while trying to get out of Tal Afar escape from facing the types of military units expected to announce the zero hour of the launch of the battle to storm and liberate Tal Afar.
Al-Obeidi said that the so-called “Qadi Qadash” carried out the execution by firing squad in the head and feet area for those evangelists, both locals and Arabs.
Revealing that the (Qadi preacher, called, Abu Safwan al-Mutawti) told elements urging the existing judiciary that this is the fate of anyone who tries to escape from another (bastion of the successor to an advocate),
he said. Fleeing attempts to flee the desert not only to Tal Afar, but thwarted parts of the Iraqi army stationed in the northern Salahaddin province trying to escape a group of these terrorists from the mountain range of Makhoul towards the desert of the province open to the Syrian border, as explained the commander of the 66th Brigade Brigadier General Kazem Jaafar said in a statement to the correspondent «morning» that our forces were able to kill 15 terrorists and the destruction of four wheels of four-wheel drive carrying heavy weapons in the area of ​​the Abiter near the Talul Balag north of Salah al-Din was trying to escape from the mountains of Makhoul towards the desert north of the province, He pointed out that the terrorist gangs in the mountain range of Makhoul and the left coast of the district of Sharqat live in a state of refraction and defeat because of the tight security cordon imposed by the security forces and the popular crowd, which runs along the Hamrin and Makhoul ranges, Noting that the Iraqi army flight managed to paralyze the movements of terrorists in the desert north of Salah al-Din by addressing any wheel of the enemy trying to move between the region and the other. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) forces also control the border with Syria and prevent the opening of any gap through which the terrorists infiltrate, according to the information of the body, which confirmed in a statement that the thirteenth brigade mobilized the people managed during the early hours of Saturday morning to thwart the In addition to the destruction of two wheels, one carrying a 23mm weapon and the other a mortar. Nine of them were killed and four others were injured. He said that the popular crowd was thwarted from time to time by similar attempts to open the border. A loophole may allow them to escape Syrian territories. Anbar province is also ready to take part in the operations of the far west of Anbar, which is also on the border with Syria. The so-called “former Wali of the Euphrates” was killed by the terrorist (Stir Kamel al-Dulaimi), who is responsible for the explosive belts, Baghdadi, the leader of a sympathetic). In addition, the security officer of the leadership of the popular crowd in Anbar, Brigadier Nabil Hassan Nasser, announced the start of the training of two factions of the tribesmen of the province to participate in the liberation of cities from him and Rawa and al-Qaim adjacent to the Syrian border, stressing the introduction of intensive courses in preparation for the upcoming operation.  In turn, the officer stressed the mobilization of the Anbar clans, Col. Khalaf Matar Ali, that the sons of the tribes have the willingness and willingness to sacrifice precious and generous in order to liberate any inch of the soil of the homeland, and the regiments of him and Rawa and Baghdadi and Almomhal tribal mobilization will also participate in the liberation and holding of Western areas Editing. The Anbar tribesmen are taking part in large-scale military operations against Da’ash in the province and are helping to hold liberated areas alongside the police andthe army.

MP Dakhil: Kurdish state dream and expect to join the change to the negotiating delegation {expanded}

Release date: 2017/8/12 21:14 

(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) The deputy of the Kurdistan Alliance Vian Dakhil, that the dream of the Kurdish state is everyone in Kurdistan, and now it is imperative to us to achieve.

“I am part of the negotiating delegation going to Baghdad, and we formed the delegation to negotiate with the government of Baghdad and there are important points that will be presented during the meeting,” Dakhil told the Al-Furat News news agency. “I do not back down from the referendum that will be held on September 25, Pointing out that “we do not want to go to the referendum without the consent of the Government of Baghdad and it is best for all parties to have dialogues and negotiations between the parties.” 

“We have been partners since 2003, but we found that this partnership has reached an extent that can not be continued more so we went to the option of the referendum of the Kurdish people is to remain or separate from the one map of Iraq.” 

She explained that “the Kurdish delegation is coming to Baghdad either tomorrow or the day after,” asserting that “Massoud Barzani explained to the US Secretary of State the importance of this subject to the Kurdish people, and we can not retreat from the referendum only with stronger guarantees than the declaration of the Kurdish state.” 

“We are going to Baghdad to negotiate on the question of the referendum first, and all things are on the table and we will tell our owners and why we got to this matter and what are the means to achieve this means. The dream of achieving the state is a dream that everyone wants and now we have to achieve.” 

“The subject of the referendum is not an issue of flight, it is a step that will come on its day. The subject of the dream of the Kurdish state is a dream for everyone. There is no bloc or party in the region that does not want to disagree with the proposals from one person to another or from one party to another, Pointing out that “all these differences can be overcome under the line to initiate the referendum.” 

“The head of this delegation is Rush Nuri Shaways will lead the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad, and it is hoped that the delegation to join the personalities of the Change Bloc.” 

The Kurdish parties agreed on June 7 to hold the referendum on September 25 and the elections on November 6, except for opposition to change and the Kurdistan Islamic Group. 

The countries of Iran, Turkey, the United States, Russia, the United Nations and Germany, as well as Baghdad, have opposed holding a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan to threaten the unity of Iraq. 

The President of the region Massoud Barzani earlier, the referendum resolution “irreversible” and “will prevent the occurrence of disasters in the region,” noting “we seek to achieve this through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict.”

Rafidain Bank: We have achieved a qualitative leap in the provision of banking services


The Rafidain Bank said on Saturday that its branches in Baghdad and the provinces have achieved a qualitative boom and a wide demand by citizens to provide banking services to them.

The bank’s information office said in a statement that its branches have witnessed widespread demand, especially after the launch of advances and loans, as well as loans for housing and those wishing to buy housing units in the compound of Basmaya and construction loans on a plot of land up to 50 meters.

The bank also granted loans to small and medium-sized enterprises and auto loans, and announced the sale of the dollar at official prices and other services provided to citizens.

Trump seeks political change in Iraq, with Abadi as PM – Analyst


August 12 2017 07:45 PM
Trump seeks political change in Iraq, with Abadi as PM
Trump seeks political change in Iraq, with Abadi as PM

The US seeks a major political change in Iraq in the next election, with Haider al-Abadi as Prime Minister, political analyst Wathiq al-Hashimi said on Saturday.


In a press statement, Hashimi asserted that the Trump administration sees that Abadi achieved a major victory against ISIS terrorists and is impressed with his cooperation with the US-led Coalition.


Hashimi further said that Mullah regime seeks to preserve the status quo in Iraq since it is the biggest benefactor from the current situation in the country.


He noted that Nouri al-Maliki and Ammar al-Hakim are Mullah regime’s biggest allies and contribute so much to its agenda in Iraq.


Urgent policy .. Kurdistan announces 3 files will be discussed with Baghdad


Urgent: Kurdistan announces 3 files to be discussed with Baghdad
33 minutes ago

The Supreme Council for the referendum in the Kurdistan Region, announced the files to be discussed in his upcoming visit to Baghdad.
A statement by the council after a meeting said the special delegation to Baghdad would discuss “the political and religious file and the outlines of the files.”
The delegation, which will visit Baghdad on Monday, consists of the leader of the Democratic Party and the head of the delegation Rose Nuri Shaways, the President of the Office of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region Fouad Hussein, the leader of the National Union Saadi Ahmed Bireh, the leader of the Islamic Union Mohammed Ahmed, and the representative of the Turkmen component Majed Osman, Christian component Romeo Hakkari, representative of the Yazidi Kurds and Vian Dakhil.

Urgent policy .. Movement of change identifies 5 demands and announce its position on the referendum


URGENT: Movement for Change sets 5 demands and declares its position on the referendum
11 minutes ago

Shafaq News / The Change Movement identified its demands on Saturday in its response to the call of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan to resolve outstanding political problems.
The National Council for Change Movement on Saturday held a meeting in the city of Sulaymaniyah to discuss the question of the referendum and resolve the crisis of parliament and relations with political parties, especially the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
The movement issued a statement after the meeting, which specified the demands on the invitation of the Democratic Party to hold meetings to resolve outstanding problems, especially the Parliament of Kurdistan.
The change changed its demands to “abolish the system of saving salaries,” and described it as illegal, “and work transparently with regard to the oil and gas file and according to Law 2 of 2015, the headquarters of the Parliament of Kurdistan on the formation of the Kurdistan Fund for energy imports.”
And touched on the change to the referendum file, and called for postponement of the process until the solution of internal problems.
The change also called for the return of the work of Parliament as it was in the past to regulate the laws in the province, and the enactment of a special law for the general elections in the region.