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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Tuesday, 18 January 2005

 
  
IRAQI NEWS

·         Eight killed in Bayji car bomb attack
·         Thirteen Iraqi troops killed in clashes south of Baghdad
·         Deputy PM expects "large-scale" attacks on poll day
·         Minister resigns over his arrest by US forces
·         Allawi promises to raise health care standards
·         Al-Zarqawi's group claims attacks on Basra poll centres
·         Serving army personnel to receive pay rise
·         Saboteurs blow up oil pipeline; exports via Turkey remain 'frozen'
·         Demonstrators protest at fuel crisis
IRAQI PRESS ON ELECTIONS, 17 JAN 2005
·         "Al-Sayyid Husayn al-Sadr Blesses Formation of National Brotherhood Movement." Al-Manar al-Yawm
·         ``Reactions of Iraqis people to the recent tour of Al-Sharif Ali Bin-al-Husayn'' - Al-Manar al-Yawm
·         ``Iraqi elections a positive step of democracy''- Al-Mu'tamar
·         ``Ruling No 12 concerning the election felonies''- Al-Ufuq
·         "Propaganda Without Funding,"- Al-Bayan
·         "Assuring the Voters,"- Al-Bayan
·         "Preliminary Results of the Iraqi Elections,"- Al-Adalah
·         "Elections are the Beginning of The New Way,"- Al-Adalah
·         ``Elections, the most important issue in Iraq''- Al-Mu'tamar
IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 17 JAN. 05
·         "Only With Love Will Iraqis Live,"- Al-Dustur
·         "The Country Is Built by Hands, Not Skulls,"- Al-Dustur
·         "Protecting Iraq is the Responsibility of All People,"- Al-Bayan
·         "The Distance Between Deba'thification and Rehabilitating the Ba'thists,"- Al-Bayan
·         "Organized Terrorism,"- Al-Adalah
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 17 JAN. 05
·         Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news 17 Jan 04
·         Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Diyar TV news 17 Jan 05
·         Programme summary for Al-Iraqiyah TV news 17 Jan 05
UPDATES FROM THE IRAQI KURDISH PRESS, 16 - 17 JAN 05
·         Kirkuki IDPs anywhere Can Vote in Kirkuk Provincial Poll, PM Nechirvan Barzani says:
·         Iraqi President Al-Yawar Divorces Third Wifie Barwari:
·         IECI Delegation Visit Kirkuk to Fullfil Iraqi guarantees to Kurds
·         Briefly from Kurdish newspapers and websites:

IRAQI NEWS

Eight killed in Bayji car bomb attack
Eight people were killed and an unknown number of policemen were killed when a booby-trapped car was driven in to the police headquarters in Bayji, north of Baghdad, on 17 January, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Iraqi police sources were reported to be expecting the casualty figures to rise further, as number of burnt bodies were seen inside the complex, where the main building was severely damaged. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 17 Jan)
AFP said seven Iraqi policemen were killed and 15 wounded in by the car bomb. "A Caprice-type vehicle managed to force past the first checkpoint and the suicide bomber slammed his car into an inner gate of the police station, causing a large explosion," Lt-Col Hasan Salah was quoted as saying. The agency's correspondent in the city said the blast, which occurred around 1030 (0730 gmt) was heard several kilometres away.
Thirteen Iraqi troops killed in clashes south of Baghdad
Thirteen Iraqi soldiers, including two officers, were killed and nine policemen wounded when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Al-Hafriyah area south of Baghdad on 17 January, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Dr Safa Husayn, the head of the forensic medicine at the Al-Kut Public Hospital, was quoted saying that 13 Iraqi Army personnel had been admitted to the clinic, including the bodies of two officers, who were named as Lt-Col Jasim Muhammad Isa and Capt Ammar Hasan Ali. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 17 Jan)
Deputy PM expects "large-scale" attacks on poll day
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih said on 17 January that information provided by detainees in recent past days indicated that large-scale coordinated attacks against polling stations were planned on election day, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 17 Jan)
Minister resigns over his arrest by US forces
Iraqi Minister of State Adnan Abd-al-Mun'im al-Janabi says he has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Dr Iyad Allawi in protest against his arrest by US forces in Baghdad's Green Zone, London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported on 17 January. Al-Janabi told the paper that US forces refused to recognize his Iraqi government identity card after stopping him on his way out of the office. He said he had been arrested and his hands tied. The paper quoted the minister's resignation letter as saying that his "humiliating" arrest had convinced him that the "occupation forces" did not respect the sovereignty promised Iraq in UN Security Council Resolution 1546. (Al-Sharq al-Awsat, 17 Jan)
Allawi promises to raise health care standards
Iraqi Prime Minister Dr Iyad Allawi on 17 January vowed to raise the standard of the country's medical and preventive services to that of developed countries, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of a public health laboratory in Baghdad, Allawi promised free health care in all parts of Iraq, saying that 45,000 doctors and health personnel are currently being trained to meet this pledge. He added that the reconstruction of 200 hospital and health centres had already begun, with 150 centres to be nearly completed by the end of the year. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad 17 Jan)

Al-Zarqawi's group claims attacks on Basra poll centres
Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers has claimed responsibility for attacks on three election centres in Basra, according to a message posted on the Internet on 17 January. (Jihadist web site 17 January 05)
Serving army personnel to receive pay rise
Monthly salaries are to be raised to 509,000 Iraqi dinars for serving soldiers of the Iraqi Army, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 17 January. Defence Minister Hazim al-Sha'lan told Al-Sharqiyah that this rise will be effective as of January. (Al-Sharqiyah 1500 gmt 17 Jan 05)
Saboteurs blow up oil pipeline; exports via Turkey remain 'frozen'
Saboteurs have blown up part of an oil pipeline in northern Iraq, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 17 January. The TV also pointed out that oil exports via Turkey are still frozen. The attack brought to a halt efforts to resume oil exports, which has stopped since 18 December, via Turkey, Al-Sharqiyah TV added. (Al-Sharqiyah 1700 gmt 17 Jan 05)
Demonstrators protest at fuel crisis
Hundreds of Iraqis have demonstrated in Baghdad in protest at the continuing fuel and power crisis, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 17 January. Demonstrators called for an end to power shortages and to the chronic fuel crisis. The TV said the Oil Ministry tried to contact demonstration organisers to confer with Oil Minister Thamir al-Ghadban but they turned down the ministry's request. Iraq and Baghdad in particular suffer an acute shortage of oil derivatives and power outages that last for a total of 12 hours a day. Officials at the ministries of oil and electricity attribute the crisis to attacks on power and oil installations, the TV said. (Al-Sharqiyah 1530 gmt 17 Jan 05)

IRAQI PRESS ON ELECTIONS, 17 JAN 2005
"Al-Sayyid Husayn al-Sadr Blesses Formation of National Brotherhood Movement." Al-Manar al-Yawm
Al-Manar al-Yawm newspaper published a report entitled "Al-Sayyid Husayn al-Sadr Blesses Formation of National Brotherhood Movement." The report includes a brief letter from Al-Sadr's office greeting and blessing Shaykh Hatam al-Sultan, secretary general of the movement, in reply to his earlier letter.
``Reactions of Iraqis people to the recent tour of Al-Sharif Ali Bin-al-Husayn'' - Al-Manar al-Yawm
Al-Manar al-Yawm newspaper published the reactions of Iraqi people in the southern governorates to the recent tour of Al-Sharif Ali Bin-al-Husayn, leader of the Constitutional Monarchy Movement, to the region. The report cites Rida Jawad Taqi, official in charge of the Political Bureau of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, SCIRI, predicting that the second popular electoral list, following the Shi'i Iraqi Unified Coalition list blessed by Al-Sistani in the southern governorates, is the Constitutional Monarchy Movement's list. The report cites a number of citizens asserting that restoring a constitutional monarchy ruling system in Iraq would prevent the reoccurrence of political chaos in the country.
``Iraqi elections a positive step of democracy''- Al-Mu'tamar
Al-Mu'tamar carried an article by Salman al-Shammari saying that "not only are the Iraqi elections a positive step on the path leading to shortening the occupation's life and solving the political problem in Iraq and a positive and good initiative to boost and deepen the principles of democracy, plurality, and rule of law in the country, but they are also the key and main way to get rid of the security and economic crises that Iraq suffers from."
``Ruling No 12 concerning the election felonies''- Al-Ufuq
Al-Ufuq carried a report citing Dr Farid Ayar, spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, as saying that his commission issued Ruling No 12 concerning the election felonies, which contain 11 clauses dealing with possessing weapons inside or outside the polling stations, obstructing the voting process, bribes, forging, and other topics.
"Propaganda Without Funding,"- Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan carried an article by Salim Rasul entitled "Propaganda Without Funding," in which he comments on the "lack of official funding" for the political parties in their electoral campaigns. He says that the Iraqi Government did not present any financial support for the "poor and small parties," and this resulted in making these parties unable to "compete" with the "rich and big" ones in the electoral campaigns.
"Assuring the Voters,"- Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan published an article by Zaynab al-Khafaji, entitled "Assuring the Voters," in which the writer discusses the importance of the "security plan" prepared by the Iraqi Government to protect the voters on election day. She says that this plan will be successful only if "people and institutions cooperate with the security forces."
"Preliminary Results of the Iraqi Elections,"- Al-Adalah
Al-Adalah carried an article by Hamza al-Jawairi entitled "Preliminary Results of the Iraqi Elections," in which the writer comments on the results of a poll conducted on the internet regarding the upcoming Iraqi elections. Al-Jawahiri says that theses results, despite the defects of such polls, show that the "majority" of Iraqis are willing to have the elections held on schedule, and that those who call for their delay are the "minority."
"Elections are the Beginning of The New Way,"- Al-Adalah
Al-Adalah an article by Abd-al-Basit al-Juwari entitled "Elections are the Beginning of The New Way." The writer comments on the "decisiveness" of the upcoming Iraqi elections, saying that they will "pave the way for the rise of the rule of law, in which democracy, freedom, security, and sovereignty will prevail."
``Elections, the most important issue in Iraq''- Al-Mu'tamar
Al-Mu'tamar carried an article by Kazim Jawad saying that the most important issue in Iraq now is whether the upcoming elections will be held on schedule or not, and if they are held as scheduled later this month, whether they will be normal or whether they will be like other third world countries. The article wonders whether the threats accompanying the elections would turn out to be true and whether the government fulfils its obligations. The article says that despite their ideological differences, three various forces are united now in Iraq, which will maintain using all available means to obstruct the elections. The article says that the release of thousands of criminals by the former regime prior to its downfall was a well-studied step aimed at confusing the next government's work. These criminals' only concern is how to take advantage of the current security vacuum to make a profit. The second force is the foreign insurgents, who benefited from the former regime's resources to establish themselves as the leaders of Iraq. The third group is the Ba'thists who took advantage of Ambassador Bremer's erroneous policy to reorganize.

IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 17 JAN. 05
"Only With Love Will Iraqis Live,"- Al-Dustur
Al-Dustur carried an editorial by Chief Editor Basim al-Shaykh entitled "Only With Love Will Iraqis Live," criticizing the "violence and murders" that Iraq witnesses. The writer says that Iraqis kill each other for the "slightest and most trivial reasons," which is the cause of the current "confusion and loss of security." Al-Shaykh calls on Iraqis to "love each other, or they will die."
"The Country Is Built by Hands, Not Skulls,"- Al-Dustur
Al-Dustur published an article by Dr Abd-al-Rahman Jamil entitled "The Country Is Built by Hands, Not Skulls," in which the writer attacks the "terrorists," who are trying to destroy the country's infrastructures. Jamil says that the right way to build Iraq is democracy, not "slaughter and bloodshed."
"Protecting Iraq is the Responsibility of All People,"- Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan run an article by Inas Adil Shakir entitled "Protecting Iraq is the Responsibility of All People," in which the writer discusses the "need for unity and solidarity" to face the "terrorist acts" that aim at "killing Iraqis and aborting the political process." The writer praises the Iraqi police and security forces for their "extraordinary efforts" in providing security for the people.
"The Distance Between Deba'thification and Rehabilitating the Ba'thists,"- Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan published an article by Hamza al-Jawahiri entitled "The Distance Between Deba'thification and Rehabilitating the Ba'thists," commenting on "containing" the Ba'thists policy. The writer said that this "lenient" policy followed by the Iraqi Government was a "failure," and the Ba'thists "seized this to infiltrate the new government." He added that Iraq is now passing through a "crucial period," which requires that only the "honest and loyal people are given important posts and authority, while the Ba'thists can be rehabilitated gradually to return to official posts later."
"Organized Terrorism,"- Al-Adalah
Al-Adalah carried an article by Husayn Ali Ghalib entitled "Organized Terrorism," in which the writer comments on the targeting of the Iraqi Police and security members by the "terrorists." He said the Iraqi Police are "achieving success in fighting these terrorists and need to be aided by the government and people to gain victory by eliminating the terrorist groups."




IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 17 Jan. 05
Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news 17 Jan 04
·         Allawi opens health laboratory, promises free advanced health service for Iraqis. Video report.
·         Iraqi independent elections commission to look into complaints about candidates unfair use of religious figures in their campaigns.
·         Iraqi soldiers given salary rises effective end of this month. Video of Iraqi defence minister talking.
·         US forces announce car bomb attack in Al-Ramadi injures soldiers; three Iraqi civilians killed in suicide attack targeting US patrol in the city. Map of Iraq.
·         Iraqis in Australia, and other countries, begin to register for elections. Video of Iraqis registering.
·         Iraqis in Britain begin to register for elections. Video of registration.
·         Thirteen members of Iraqi forces including two officers killed, 9 police injured in attack south of Baghdad.
·         Armed men kill son of a representative of Al-Sistani.
·         Iraqi National Guards sources announce eight killed including seven soldiers in attack on check point south of Ba'qubah. Video of attack area.
·         Armed men destroy two lorries carrying military equipment to US base in Diyala, damage third.
·         Head of US forces in Iraq announces long time needed to end armed attacks.
·         Deputy Iraqi foreign minister reveals information obtained from detainees point to plans to attack election centres. Still of deputy minister.
·         Car bomb explodes inside Bayji police station killing eight, injuring many. Video of attack aftermath.
·         Iraqi musicians hold event celebrating the life of a passing colleague. Video of event.
·         US forces block a road east of Iraq following attack on US military vehicle. Video of attack area.
·         Polish forces legal consultant survives assassination attempt in grenade attack.
·         Armed men attack two election centres in Basra causing structural damage. Video of attack aftermath.
·         Kuwaiti authorities announce that interrogations with arrested armed men revealed intention to attack US military forces, Kuwaiti oil installations.
·         Two Islamic Jihad activists died in clash with Israeli forces south of Gaza. Video of funeral, armed activists.
·         Asian tsunami disaster death toll exceeds 175,000 with thousands still missing, as aid continues to arrive. Video of aid workers in Asia.
·         China announces death of former Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang after illness. Archive
Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Diyar TV news 17 Jan 05
·         The Iraqi interior minister says two plans for protecting the election have been devised: one for securing polling centres and one for liquidating armed groups in Iraq. He says the trouble in Iraq comes basically through the long Iranian border. (1 min)
·         Announcer-read report: The chairman of the electoral commission says a committee has been set up to supervise the polls in Kirkuk. (1 min)
·         Video interview: The Iraqi justice minister says the presence of thousands of Iraqis in the occupation jails without trial is a violation of the law. (3 min)
·         Announcer-read report: The leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party says the elections lack legitimacy because not all the Iraqis are participating in them. (1 min)
·         About 1.2 million Iraqi expatriates today begin registering for the polls and will cast their votes between 28 and 30 January. (1 min)
·         Announcer-read report: French political circles believe the US Administration should remove the mystery over the date of its pullout from Iraq. (und min)
·         Video report on a conference by the Fine Arts College at Karbala University to discuss the prospects of the elections. (3 min)
·         Announcer-read report: Three bombs explode in three schools in Basra. No one was hurt. (und min)
·         Announcer-read report: Eight Iraqis, including seven policemen, were killed today in an attack on a checkpoint near Ba'qubah. A car-bomb attack targets police base in Bayji. (und min)
·         Sallamah al-Khafaji, member of the interim council, escaped assassination attempt in Baghdad yesterday. (und min)
·         Announcer-read report: The multinational forces said in a statement that they arrested 11 armed men in separate raids in Mosul.
·         A Katyusha rocket fell near the Kurdish parliament in Arbil Saturday evening while Kurdish leaders Talabani and Barzani were holding a meeting.
·         Announcer-read report: Kirkuk police source said yesterday armed men killed the driver of a civilian car and wounded a passenger on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk.
·         Announcer-read report: Iraqi police in Karbala defuse car bomb behind a polling centre in the city. (und min)
·         Announcer-read report: The Iraqi Defence Ministry says it signed contracts with a number of European countries to supply the Iraqi Army with weapons. (und min)
·         Video report: The prime minister opens the Health Ministry's central laboratories.
·         Al-Diyar learned that the food ration cards for 2005 have been printed and will be distributed to Iraqi families soon. (und min)
·         Video report on cleaning up campaign in Al-Amiriyah neighbourhood of Baghdad.
·         The UN envoy to Iraq met in Damascus yesterday with the Syrian foreign minister.
·         Chinese doctors find serum against SARS.

Programme summary for Al-Iraqiyah TV news 17 Jan 05
·         Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announces plan to set up more health service centres across Iraq. Video report covers his visit to Baghdad health laboratory, he praises Iraqi efforts to develop health service, Minister of Health announcing plan to improve health service.
·         Allawi telephones UN chief, requests UN team to monitor election, says political process open to all Iraqis.
·         Iraqis agree voting is strong answer to terrorism. Video report highlights comments by Iraqis, man saying he and his family will vote, another saying voting will help save Iraq, man saying voting to reflect will of people, another saying election is noble goal. Report says people are optimistic about outcome of polls.
·         Iraqis in Basra hope polls held on time to contribute to stability and reconstruction. Video report covers comments by members of public, man saying polls to help in stability, woman saying she wants security more than anything else, man saying he wants fair election.
·         Overseas Iraqis keen on voting, over million to vote in 14 countries. Video report shows voter registration centre in Australia, Iraqi woman saying she registered for vote for sake of freedom and human rights. Report shows registration under way in US.
·         Iraqis reject intervention of neighbouring countries in polls. Video report covers controversy over views of neighbouring countries on Iraq polls, Iraqi saying those countries should not intervene, another saying polls in Iraq internal affairs, man hoping those countries would help in success of election.
·         Political parties keep up election campaign with Democratic National Alliance announcing election list including 35 candidates. Video report covers presser held by Id Faysal al-Sahlani, the vice-president of the party announcing list covering Baghdad, Diyala, Basra, Tikrit and Kut, shows tribal chiefs attending presser, candidate pledging security against terror, woman candidate praising positive discrimination in favour of women candidates.
·         Muthana police tightens security in province in run up to election. Video report shows night police patrol, police chief speaking about security measures and search of all vehicles.
·         Women say their participation in polls to contribute to rebuilding of Iraq and success of election. Video report highlights role of women in politics, women stressing their positive role in society and politics.
·         Women want bigger role in politics. Video report covers comments by women calling for active political contribution, speak about media role in raising female consciousness.
·         Studio interview with member of interim National Assembly, Ahmad al-Baraq. He says legal and technical preparations for election completed; security preparations still cause for concern. Temporary State Administration Law to be replaced by permanent constitution after election, he says.
·         Seven die and 15 injured in suicide car bomb in Baiji; eight, seven of them soldiers, killed in terrorist attack on National Guard checkpoint in Al-Ba'qubah. Video report covers attacks, arrests in Al-Ba'qubah.
·         Army launches further operations against suspected terrorists; 13 terror suspects arrested in Mosul and two others held in Baghdad.
·         Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih says intelligence from former officers and detained foreign gunmen show terrorists still plotting to harm Iraqis; he says Abu-Musa'b al-Zarqawi working with former regime loyalists. Video report highlights his comments, he speaks about alliance between Al-Zarqawi loyalists and former regime officers.
·         Professors call for harshest penalty against criminals targeting intellectuals. Video report covers anniversary of killing of academic from Mustansiriyah university, academics comments, academic criticizing Arab media.
·         Ministry of Oil source denies rumours about cutting of fuel supplies to consumers in January, expresses commitment to supplying people with fuel until election day. Video report covers denial of rumours, efforts to defend oil fields and resume fuel supply.
·         Palestinian gunman killed in shoot-out with Israel army in Gaza. Video report
·         Croatian president elect vows to step up efforts to join EU. Video report
·         Business bulletin. Reconstruction projects announced in Al-Ramadi. Egypt unemployment rate increases. OPEC to defend prices if demand drops - Algeria Minister of Oil. Airbus to unveil biggest passenger aircraft.



UPDATES FROM THE IRAQI KURDISH PRESS, 16 - 17 JAN 05

Kirkuki IDPs anywhere Can Vote in Kirkuk Provincial Poll, PM Nechirvan Barzani says:
Khabat
daily 17 January: KRG-Erbil Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani chaired a cabinet meeting Sunday to brief the participants on eth outcomes of his joint visit with the PUK leader Jalal Talabani to Baghdad to find proper solutions for Kirkuk bottleneck. Other administrative issues were also on the cabinet meeting agenda. On kirkuk, Barzani valued the Baghdad visited outcomes that stuipulated the right of Kirkuki IDPs, including the turcomans and Chaldo-Assyrians whether living in Erbil, Dahuk, Sulaymanya or eleswhere, to vote for Kirkuk provinical election.
Kurdistan Parliament OK's KurdistanPeople Participation in Kirkuki Poll Provincial Kirkuk
:Khabat
At its 56 session satuday, Kurdistan Parliament endorsed a unanimous resolution urging Kurdistan people to participate in the Iraqi national asasembly and Kirkuk provincial elections. The decision was taken after he IECI recognized the right of Kirkuki IDPs regerdelss of their current residecy location, to vote for Kirkuk provinical elections and agreed to replace its Kirkuk Office composition with a new 4-member commsion that would represent all the ethnicities living in the city
Being united paid off, at last! Khabat
daily editorial 16 January: In the presence of [kdp] President [Massoud] Barzani and Mr Talabani [the PUK leader] and the representatives for various political factions enlisted on Kurdistan Alliance, the Kurdish Parliament gathered for its session in Irbil Saturday. President Barzani delivered an important speech on the upcoming elections to the Parliament touching upon the successes achieved by the Kurdish nation after the visit of the U.S. deputy secretary, Richard Armitage, to Kurdistan. The general attitude (outside Kurdistan) seemed to be in favour of a Kurdish entrance into the polls in Kirkuk without shifting anything. But state of matters changed and the Kurdish Parliament gave its approval to a Kurdish turnout for polls as Armitage came to Kurdistan and conferred with President Barzani, facing the resolution of Kurditsan's nation in implementing certain conditions, giving necessary assurances to the Kurds in eradicating the Arabization process. The decision made by the Parliament should be seen in line with many other assurances including the letters from Iraqi Cabinet and Iraqi National Assembly directed to the Kurdish leadership, in which they ask for a Kurdish participation in January elections in Kirkuk assuring the Kurdish leaders that what ever Kirkuk's poll outcomes turned to be, it would not affect Kirkuk's future. They also stress the implementation of the Iraqi interim constitution, article 58 in particular, and the rights of more than 170000 Kurdish refugees from Kirkuk to vote, previously being prevented from voting. The unified stance of the Kurdistani people regarding their resolution in gaining necessary assurances for entering elections turned to be beneficial. Particularly the reiterations shown in the two letters from Iraqi officials calling for a total end to the Arabization process, and the Kirkuki refugees right to vote, also stating that a general referendum must take place after the elections for the integration of Kirkuk into the Kurdish region. These assurances are all in line with the objectives of the Kurdish leadership in wiping out Arabization. The Kurdish aspiration was a just one, which now also gains achievement benefiting the Kurds. May the unified standpoint of Kurdistan's nation live evermore! (Unofficial translation provided by www.peyamner.com)
Iraqi President Al-Yawar Divorces Third Wifie Barwari:

Hawal
weekly: While the Iraqi President Ghazi Al-Yawar is in Paris, rumors in Baghdad said that he had divorced his third wife Nasren Barwari [Kurdish Minister of Muniapalities and Public Works at the Iraqi cabinet]. The weekly followed up the remors in [Barwari's hometown] Dahuk, where an informed source confirmed the news and added that the divorce was upon her demand. The observors considered the marrage as an initiaive towards rebuilding the new Iraq when Hawal weekly reported it first. Before waiting official announcement of the devorce, the observors considered it as an indicater of the first steps for disbanding the country, [which components] were forcibly linked together and named Iraq at the beginning of this cenry.
IECI Delegation Visit Kirkuk to Fullfil Iraqi guarantees to Kurds

: kurdistani Nwe
daily: A senior delegation of the Independent Electoral Commission in Iraqi (IECI) headed by Hussein al-Hindawi visited Kirkuk Sunday afternoon to hold talks with Kurdistan officials on Kirkuk issue. The talks focused on studying practical mechanisms and ways to implement the written promises that the Iraqi President, PM, Naional Assembly Speaker and both US and UK ambassadors in Baghdadd had presented to the Kurdish leadersip for quick implenmentation of Article 58 of the Iraqi Transisional Administrative Law (TAL). Before the joint visit of Talabani and the KDP's Nechirvan Barzani to Baghdad last week, the Kurdish leadership had warned the Kurds would boycott Kirkuk provinicail election unless the said Article 58 was fully implemented [i.e. Arabization reversed]. Representatives of Kurdistani political parties and all ethnicities in Kirkuk attended the meeting with Al-Hindawi's IECI delegation. The the talks focused on replacing the former IECI Kirkuk Office wiuth an independent and impartyical one that would represent all the ethnicities in the city, as well as seting up ballot boxes in the kurdish areas as well. In related news and the same day, Rizgar Ali and Kamal Kirkuki, who also attended the meeting as members of the Kurdish Block at Kirkuk Municipal Council announced during a press conference that registration for casting vots in Kirkuk poll was extended another 9 days and all the IDPs were entitled for that registration. They also valued the ``achivements'' of the joint Talaban-Barzani Baghdad visit, adding that the Iraqi government had already formed a 4-member committee to ensure implemenation of TAL Article 58. Iraqi Communist Party leader and Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Nationla Assembly Hameed Majeed Musa will head the Committee assited by two Kurdish members and a representative of Kirkuk Governorate.
Briefly from Kurdish newspapers and websites:
o        KDP leader Barzani, Politburo and Nechirvan Barzan separately congratulate Kurdiustan Satellite TV station for its 7th establihsment anniversary: Khabat
o        %94 of Kurdistan people will cast vote in the elections for the Iraqi National Assembly and %73 said they would participae in kurdistan elections: poll by www.peyamner.com <http://www.peyamner.com>

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