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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
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Monday, 3 January 2005
HEADLINES

IRAQI NEWS
 US reportedly releases 260 prisoners from Iraqi jails
 Failed assassination attempt on police officer in Al-Diwaniyah
 National Guard arrests 217, militia commander in Al-Mahmudiyah
 Iraqi police arrest eight Iraqi, three Saudi suspects in Al-Najaf
 SCIRI's Al-Hakim blames unrest on security policies of "occupation"
 Uranium-contaminated sites, metal pieces found in Basra
 Iraqi PM warns neighbouring states patience "running out" over infiltration
 Casualties in attack on Iraqi patrol; police officer killed in Baghdad
 Car bomb targets US military column; gunmen kill Iraqi policeman in
Kirkuk
ELECTIONS
 Elections centres in northern Iraq sustain "considerable material damage"
 Local election commission head, members in Bayji resign after threats
 Two voter registration centres come under attack in north Iraq
 Iraq elections commission head, members in Bayji resign after threats
IRAQI PRESS COMMENTS ON 3 JAN 05
 "The participation in elections is more important than who will be the winner''- Al-Bayan
 ``Interim government is running out of patience''- Al-Dustur
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 3 JAN 05
 Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 3 Jan:
 Al-Adalah [Baghdad, in Arabic by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 3 Jan:
 Baghdad [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement] 3 Jan:
 Al-Jaridah [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic)] 3 Jan 05:
 Al-Nahdah [Baghdad, daily political newspaper] 3 Jan:
 Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned] 3 Jan:
PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 2 JAN 05
 Al-Diyar TV, In Arabic, Baghdad, 2 Jan 04
KURDS NEWS & UPDATES FROM IRAQI KURDISH PRESS, 3 JAN 05
 Richard Armitage calls for implementing law on Kirkuk - KDP sat. TV
 Iraq: Visiting US official calls for implementing law on Kirkuk
 Khabat daily, issued in Erbil by the KDP, 2-3 January 2005
 Hawal weekly issued in Kirkuk by Hawal Foundation for Public Information, 1 January 2005
IRAQI NEWS
US reportedly releases 260 prisoners from Iraqi jails
(Radio Dijla, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05)
: US forces released 260 prisoners from Abu-Ghurayb Prison, west of Baghdad, and Buka Camp, south of Iraq, on 2 January, Iraqi Radio Dijlah reported. The prisoners were released in accordance with a decision made by a joint committee comprising six representatives from the Iraqi government and three representatives from the US Army, it said.
Failed assassination attempt on police officer in Al-Diwaniyah
(Radio Dijla, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
An Iraqi police officer "with the rank of a lieutenant colonel" escaped an assassination attempt when unidentified gunmen showered him with "a barrage of bullets" on 2 January morning (local time) in Al-Diwaniyah, south of Iraq, Iraqi Radio Dijlah reported. The wounded officer was transferred to hospital
National Guard arrests 217, militia commander in Al-
Mahmudiyah
(Radio Dijla, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
Iraqi National Guard forces arrested 217 suspects in Al-Mahmudiyah City, 25 km south of Baghdad and found large amounts of heavy weapons and ammunition in their possession, Iraqi Radio Dijlah reported. They also arrested Hatim al-Zawba'i, commander of Kata'ib Thawrat al-Ishrin (the 1920 Revolution Brigades), according to a statement issued on 2 January by the Iraqi Defence Ministry, the radio station said.
Iraqi police arrest eight Iraqi, three Saudi suspects in Al-Najaf
(Radio Dijla, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
Iraqi police arrested 11 suspects on 1 January in Al-Najaf, including three Saudis, who had weapons and communication devices in their possession, Iraqi Radio Dijlah reported. A "police source" said the three Saudis entered Iraq illegally, it added.
SCIRI's Al-Hakim blames unrest on security policies of
"occupation"
(Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), said that Iraq had "resources" through which it could have repulsed terrorism, but "wrong policies" pursued during and after the "occupation" were the reason behind the violence in the country, Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported. Al-Hakim also said that SCIRI would continue its alliances with other political groups after the elections.
Uranium-contaminated sites, metal pieces found in Basra
(Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
The department of protection against radiation in Iraq's Ministry of Environment conducted a radiation survey in Basra Governorate, where eight sites contaminated with depleted uranium have been found, Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported. Pieces of metal scrap were also examined and three uraniumcontaminated pieces were found. The department made recommendations to minimize the radiation threat to the inhabitants of the contaminated region.
Iraqi PM warns neighbouring states patience "running out"
over infiltration
(Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05)
: Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has promised that 2005 will be the year of peace, stability, security and democracy, Iraqi Al-Diyar TV reported. In a New Year address, Allawi said no political or economic progress could be made except in a democratic climate. He said the Iraqis deserved a better life than the one they lived before. He said the fate of democracy in Iraq depended on the Iraqi people's participation in the election. He stressed that the election would take place on 30 January and said the government would do everything it could to protect the voters. The Iraqi prime minister warned neighbouring countries that the patience of the Iraqi government was running out. The neighbouring countries should do everything in their power to curb the infiltration of armed men into Iraq, he said. He added: "Some countries host individuals who harm the Iraqi people. We do not allow harming Iraq. We have contacted those countries and we will determine our next step based on their response."

Casualties in attack on Iraqi patrol; police officer killed in Baghdad
(Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
A booby-trapped car explosion targeted a National Guard patrol in Al-Waziriyah neighbourhood in the area of Al-Azamiyah in northern Baghdad at noon today. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion resulted in killing or wounding the patrol members in addition to some civilians whose number has not thus far been identified.
The eyewitnesses noted that ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion. US forces, Iraqi National Guard and the Iraqi police sealed off all roads leading to the area.
Correspondents and photographers were prevented from reaching the area. A search campaign was carried out in the environs of the area.
Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen assassinated an Interior Ministry officer in Al-Amil neighbourhood southwest of Baghdad. Senior sources told Al-Sharqiyah that gunmen opened fire at Karim Isma'il in front of his house in Al-Amil neighbourhood, killing him immediately.
Car bomb targets US military column; gunmen kill Iraqi policeman in Kirkuk
(Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
A suicide bomber attacked a US military column with a booby-trapped car on the main road in southern Kirkuk today. A responsible source at the Iraqi National Guard said that the attack took place while a US military column was passing by near the town of Taza south of Kirkuk on the main road to Baghdad.
A US military spokesman refused to comment on casualties, but he confirmed that the attack took place.
In a separate incident, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a policeman in Wahid Huzayran [1 June] neighbourhood in the city of Kirkuk this morning and killed him while he was leaving his house for work.
This incident is the third of its kind over the past 10 days in the Wahid Huzayran neighbourhood, where two Kurdish citizens, one of whom was working as an interpreter with the US forces, were killed several days ago.
ELECTIONS
Elections centres in northern Iraq sustain "considerable material damage"
(Radio Dijla, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
Two elections centres for registering Iraqi voters, "in the north of Iraq", were targeted on 2 January by an attack with shells "from an unknown direction", Iraqi Radio Dijlah reported. "The attack resulted in considerable material damage to the two buildings, in addition to destroying documents and voters' records." The station did not say exactly where the attack took place.
Local election commission head, members in Bayji resign after threats
(Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
The head of the commission tasked with organizing elections in Bayji (200 km northwest of Baghdad), Muhammad Shahran, said that the commission had tendered its resignation on 2 January after some members received death threats, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Shahran did not give details about the threats, it said.
Two voter registration centres come under attack in north Iraq
(Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
Two Iraqi voter registration centres this morning came under mortar attacks in Tikrit Governorate in northern Iraq. A source at the Education [Ministry] in the governorate said that two voter registration centres in the area of Albu-Ujayl in eastern Tikrit, which are housed in Al-Hadarah and Al-Maqasid schools, came under mortar attacks early this morning.
The source said that the attacks caused great damage to the two buildings and destroyed many voter documents, which are to be processed in preparation for the 30 January elections.
Iraq elections commission head, members in Bayji resign after threats
(Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 2 Jan 05):
Head of the commission tasked with organizing elections in Bayji [200 km northwest of Baghdad] has said that the commission had tendered its resignation today after some of its members had received death threats.
Muhammad Shahran, head of the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq's office in the city which includes 12 members, said: We have all resigned.
Two members of the Elections Commission had actually tendered their resignation two months ago. Shahran did not give details about the threats. It was not possible to immediately contact the Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq's office in Baghdad to comment on this.
IRAQI PRESS COMMENTS on 3 Jan 05

"The participation in elections is more important than who will be the winner''- Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 3 Jan: [From editorial]
"The participation in the electoral process is more important than who will be the winner. The criterion is that the broader and more intensive the participation, the more representative the results will be We believe the only way in which any political party or movement can weigh its mass and political leverage is through taking part in, rather than boycotting election The simple, plain logic is that parties' weight lies with the ballot boxes and that people's opinion has the final say Let us all not miss this great opportunity and accept the judgment of the voting card."
``Interim government is running out of patience''- Al-Dustur
Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 3 Jan: [From editorial by Basim al-Shaykh]
"The strongly-worded warning aired by Prime Minister Dr Iyad Allawi against Iraq's neighbours seriously indicates that the interim government is running out of patience vis-a-vis the accurate information obtained regarding these states which turn a blind eye to the activities taking place on their ground, not to mention the moral and material support they offer to Iraqi opponents or Arabs entering Iraqi territory So far, the government has been handling the matter with extreme caution and deliberation, though fully aware of facts identifying the criminals who are behind the suffering of Iraq and its people This policy shows that the government is living up to its responsibility by appealing to reason and seeking all that could ease rather than heighten tension However, all are waiting for the results How long will the parties in charge of security and stability in Iraq stand idly by, despite all the evidences and proofs that point the finger accusingly to this or that state?"
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 3 Jan 05
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of Londonbased
Al-Zaman] 3 Jan:
 US forces sent to Mosul to consolidate election security; three suicide attacks in Balad, Kirkuk, Baghdad
 Police officer, three children killed in Baghdad
 Forty-four members of Ansar al-Islam,
 Al-Zarqawi group, Syrian gunmen arrested in Iraq
 UN representative defends integrity of independent electoral commission
 Al-Yawir send condolences to states affected by tidal wave
 [Ahmad] al-Chalabi defends Iran, denies its interference in Iraq affairs;
 Al-Hakim: We object to any sectarian rule, adhere to election
 Fourteen tonnes of medicine delivered to Al-Fallujah
 Unidentified men seize two trucks carrying new ration cards
 Maysan police: Five suspects apprehended for buying weapons for ghost company
 Police officer assassinated in Kikruk
 Kurdistan geological survey department: No gold discovered in region; Kurdistan stone matches Italian marble.
Al-Adalah [Baghdad, in Arabic by the Supreme Council of the
Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 3 Jan:
 [SCIRI leader] Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim: We are with our people without discrimination
 Oil minister: All-out war waged on oil industry; Iraq's losses estimated at 8bn [US] dollars
 Armitage reiterates support for holding election as scheduled, says Kirkuk issue should be solved before polls (Reuters quoted)
 National Guard, US forces arrest terrorists in Kirkuk, Al-Mahmudiyah (News agencies quoted)
 Iraqi Islamic Party leader in Tehran: Israel behind terrorist groups, operations in Iraq
 Head of Saddam's tribunal: Lawyers' attempts to politicize trial of former regime officials unacceptable (IRNA quoted)
 New mass grave found in Al-Samawah (News agencies quoted)
 Talabani calls on Iraqis to go to polls to elect their representatives (KUNA quoted)
 In news conference by United Iraqi Alliance, Al-Hakim: Delaying vote impermissible, election should be held on time
 Iraqi criminal court responds to Jordanian lawyers' accusations on Saddam's trial
 Iraqi companies to help with reconstruction projects (Radio Sawa quoted)
 Lebanese shot dead inside Green Zone in Baghdad (Reuters quoted)
 Bomb defused in Mosul church (KUNA quoted)
 US army releases 260 prisoners from Abu-Ghurayb, Umm-Qasr (AFP quoted)
 Iraqi Airways resumes domestic flights between Baghdad, Basra (AFP quoted)
 Urgent measures taken to rehabilitate
 Al-Fallujah communication system Political entities in Basra involved in large activities ahead of elections.
Baghdad [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the
Iraqi National Accord Movement] 3 Jan:
 Husayn al-Sadr denies allegations on Al-Sistani's support for any list Three armed Saudis arrested in Al-Najaf (AFP quoted)
 Damascus requests delay of Iraq's neighbours' conference; Iranian FM not to attend (News agencies quoted)
 Armitage in Damascus to discuss Iraq (BBC quoted)
 Margaret Hassan awarded peace prize (AFP quoted)
 Leader of National Brotherhood Movement: Speeding up election can deter those who think of harming Iraq, its people
 Labour minister: Around 200,000 jobless people employed
 Major campaign to be launched in mid-January to reconstruct
 Al-Thawarah City Screw worn spreading in Diyala
 Health Ministry to build 110 health centres in Baghdad, governorates
 Al-Nasiriyah train in the hands of robbers
 Bomb-making equipment discovered in Al-Nasiriyah
 Policeman from health minister's guards assassinated
 Attempts to smuggle 52 kg of drugs aborted in Al-Muthanna
 Khor Malah oilfield to undergo development soon
 Scientific supervisor killed in Al-Hafriyah sub-district [south]
 Six infiltrators from Saudi Arabia caught in Al-Nasiriyah.
Al-Jaridah [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic)]
3 Jan 05:
 Toll of US military operations in Iraq in 2004 (Reuters, AFP quoted)
 US army denies reports on deterioration of Huda Ammash's health (AFP quoted)
 Service projects carried out in Al-Muthanna
 Uranium pollution detected in Al-Muthanna province
 Iraqi Doctors' League takes part in civil society conference
 Electricity Ministry rehabilitates out-of-service plants.
Al-Nahdah [Baghdad, daily political newspaper] 3 Jan:
 Oil minister: Sabotage attacks cost Iraq over 8bn [US] dollars (AFP quoted)
 Car bomb kills 19 Iraqis near Balad
 Weapons cache discovered in Mosul Special tribunal denies coming under pressure
 Armitage: Syria made progress on border with Iraq and should do more (AFP quoted)
 Deputy leader of Independent Democratic Gathering: Election delay still justified; we will consider last-minutes decisions depending on country's situation
 Industry Ministry provides Water Resources Ministry with boats for patrolling dams.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-
Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned] 3 Jan:
 Suicide attack result in massacre against National Guardsmen; Al-Zarqawi group threatens fiercer operations
 Electoral commission spokesman: Those demanding election postponement involved in political game; one million
 Iraqis abroad can vote Iraqi oil minister: Terrorists intensified sabotage acts to allout war; terrorists give up hope of winning Iraqis' support (AFP quoted)
 More than 5,000 Iraqis return to Al-Fallujah
 Diplomatic sources: Syrian FM may follow [Iranian FM] Kharrazi's lead by not attending Amman conference for Iraq neighbours
 Armitage praises the progress Syria made to secure borders with Iraq
 US court martial begins trial of Abu-Ghurayb abuses
 IOM signs two agreements with Syria, UAE on Iraqi elections.
PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 2 Jan 05
Al-Diyar TV, In Arabic, Baghdad, 2 Jan 04
 In a New Year address, Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi promises that 2005 will be the year of stability, peace, and democracy .. warns Iraq's neighbours that Iraq's patience is running out
 Cabinet decides to remove confiscation sign on assets of Iraqis imposed by former regime for political reasons
 National Council yesterday discussed legislative orders issued by cabinet
 SCIRI leader says Iraq has capability to beat terrorist groups but problem lies in mistakes of occupation
 National Guard source says new major general assumed responsibility for security in Al-Karradah in Baghdad .. source also says 61 armed men arrested and weapons seized ... Maysan police says seven armed men arrested
 Baghdad police arrest three people in possession of counterfeit currency .. also arrest members of gang involved in car theft
 Interior Ministry says it provided Foreign Ministry with number of passports to distribute among Iraqis abroad
 Armed men assassinate Diyala assistant governor .. police officer was killed in Baladruz
 Baghdad municipality asks for bigger budget to improve services
 Video report on investments in Kurdistan
 Egypt and Iraq sign a number of agreements in higher education
 Former Health Ministry inspector says in press conference that he and three senior ministry employees were dismissed because they disclosed administrative corruption in ministry
 Labour Ministry says it found jobs for about 250,000 people in public and private sectors
 Environment Ministry conducts radioactivity survey in Basra, where eight sites contaminated with depleted uranium were found
 Education minister says 50,000 new teachers were appointed to work in remote areas
 Celebration to mark 40th anniversary of Iraqi poet Al-Sayyab's death
KURDS NEWS & Updates from Iraqi Kurdish Press, 3 Jan 05
Richard Armitage calls for implementing law on Kirkuk - KDP
sat. TV
(Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish 2 Jan 05):
Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) satellite TV reported that the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Mas'ud Barzani, received US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage and a delegation accompanying him. The channel reported that Armitage said: "President Bush very much supports the State Administration Law, and the entire articles and clauses of the law, particularly Article 58 of the law, which deals with the illegitimate policies of Saddam Husayn, in order to eliminate the effects of Arabization. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that the Iraqi government, as stated in the State Administration Law, make efforts to implement this article of the law and eliminate the effects of the illegitimate policies of Arabization."
Iraq: Visiting US official calls for implementing law on Kirkuk
(Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) satellite TV on 2 January):
Leader [of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP, Mas'ud] Barzani has received the US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage and a senior delegation accompanying him, including Assistant Secretary of State William Perenz and Francis Tailor, US embassy coordinator in Iraq Ambassador James Jeffrey, US embassy political advisor in Iraq Andrew Morson, US consul in Kirkuk Peter Thompson and US Secretary of State Assistant Rickson Ray [names as heard].
In a friendly meeting held in the presence of the head of the [KDP-led] Kurdistan regional government, Nechirvan Barzani, political bureau secretary and members, leader Barzani expressed his gratitude for the visit and conveyed the gratitude of the Kurdish people to President Bush and the US administration and people and wished them a happy New Year.
[Passage omitted: Reporter in the same vein].
[Barzani - recording in Kurdish] I would like to express my pleasure at this visit by US Assistant Secretary of State Armitage. This is a reaffirmation of the alliance between the people of Kurdistan and the USA. We, once again, convey the gratitude of the people of Kurdistan to President Bush and the US administration and people for their cooperation with and backing of the people of Kurdistan. They liberated us from the Ba'thist dictatorial regime.
We had a positive meeting today. We discussed the situation in Iraq in general, and the elections in particular. And together, we are determined to remove all the obstacles ahead of us. We will spare no energy to help our allies so that, together, we can bring the elections process to a successful end. [End of recording].
Before disclosing his views to journalists, Armitage said it was a privilege to spend the New Year's eve and the first day of the New Year in Kurdistan.
[Armitage - recording in English, fading into Kurdish translation] President Bush very much supports the State Administration Law, and the entire articles and clauses of the law, particularly Article 58 of the law, which deals with the illegitimate policies of Saddam Husayn, in order to eliminate the effects of Arabization. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that the Iraqi government, as stated in the State Administration Law, make efforts to implement this article of the law and eliminate the effects of the illegitimate policies of Arabization.
[Passage omitted: In the same vein].
[Barzani] I would like to reaffirm that, yes, we are a US ally, and we openly announce this. We will be allies in the future. We are in the same front in building a federal, democratic, pluralistic and united Iraq. We are in the same front in the war on terror. Regarding the elections of the Kirkuk Governorate Council, we have held talks. We openly and in a friendly way explained our views to the visiting delegation. We, together, will make tireless efforts to achieve a good outcome, both, to bring the Iraqi general elections to a successful end and to resolve the Kirkuk issue in a way that serves the interest of both the people of Kurdistan and Iraq.
[Armitage in English fading into Kurdish translation] Both Chairman Barzani and I have spoken about our friendship and alliance. I believe that with this friendship and alliance we can resolve all problems and duly find appropriate solutions to them.
I agree with the chairman that the issues will be resolved in harmony. And I would like to say that I met the Higher Commission for Elections and conveyed my observations about the implementation of Article 58 and explained that the article must be implanted as soon as possible.
Khabat daily, issued in Erbil by the KDP, 2-3 January 2005
? In the presence of Kirkuk Governor, a high delegation of the Kurdistan Elections headed by KDP politburo member Fadhil Mirani met at the US Consulate in Kirkuk with the ``so called'' Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The meeting focused on the Kurdish and Kirkuki people demand for postponement of Kirkuk provincial elections until after normalization of the situations in Kirkuk, as well as studying mechanisms to deal with the matter. The 3-hour meeting was followed by a press conference, during which the Governor said that the Commission expressed a good understanding to the Kurdish Block demand for election postponement. Mirani told reporters that the Kurds preferred peaceful solutions to any other measures, as much as possible.
? US Under-Secretary for State Richard Armitage told reporters that he supported resolving Kirkuk's pending issues and bottlenecks before that conduction of the January 30 elections. Armitage's statement came after his meeting with the KDP leader Massoud Barzani. The US official specifically focused on Article 58 of the Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) that stipulates normalization of the extraordinary situations in Kirkuk and other Arabized areas of Kurdistan.
? KRG-Erbil Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that the Kurds may boycott the elections if their concerns were not taken into consideration. In a statement to Reuters, Barzani said that the Arabs that Saddam brought from central and southern Iraq and settled them in Kirkuk should not have the right to vote their while the displaced Kurds are deprived from casting their votes in their places of origin in Kirkuk. Barzani said we are worried of the Iraqi government's decision to that effect because it deprives 100,000 Kirkuki Kurds from their rights to cast votes.
? Both national assemblies of federal Iraq and Kurdistan convened a joint meeting Sunday at the latter's House. The meeting agenda focused on immigration and internal displacement, as well as property claims issues and Article 58 of the TAL.
? Iraqi National Security Advisor (NSA) Muafaq Al-Rubaii demand in implementation of Article 58 of the TAL and reversing Arabization. In an interview with Kurdistan Satellite TV, Al-Rubaii said we whould not have least doubt on Kurdistaniness of Kirkuk if we are concerned with Iraqi integrity and unity.
? The first batch of Iraqi pilgrims arrived Jadda in Saudi Arabia taking off from Erbil International Airport. The flight indicates the KRG success as Erbil Airport is the safest in the whole Iraq.
Hawal weekly issued in Kirkuk by Hawal Foundation for Public
Information, 1 January 2005
? The [ethnic] proportionate of the 41 seats of Kirkuk Municipal Council (KMC) will remain the same as the provincial elections will be convened in accordance with consensus principle and only the faces of the representatives will change. The Kurdish leadership represented by KDP and PUK leaders agreed to this mid-way solution after their meetings with US envoy Ambassador James Jeffery, who visited both of them separately last week. A source close to Talabani informed that during a telephone correspondence between KDP leader Barzani and his PUK counterpart Talabani, the first one suggested changing all representatives at the current council as they failed to prove their efficiency and the latter agreed to his proposal.
? Only the Turcoman and Kurdish police officers undertake their duties in Kirkuk and the Arab ones are never at the level of responsibility, Kirkuk's police Commander Brigadier Sherko Shakir said on 27 December 2004 during a KMC meeting that was designated to discussed forcible displacement of Kurds from Haweeja town south of Kirkuk. Shakirk further complained that he suffered from employing new police officers because the authorities in Baghdad did not recognize certificates of Erbil and Sulaymanya police academies and insist on graduates of Baghdad academies only because they were all Baathists.
? Haweeja town policemen are all affiliated to the terrorists, a KMC Arab member stated in a memorandum he addressed to the Council.
? The US will veto any religious government in Iraq, US CENTCOM commander General John Abizaid said in an interview with an Egyptian TV station.
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