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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Tuesday, 1 March 2005

 
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IRAQI NEWS, 28 FEB 05

·         Three Iraqi soldiers, interpreter killed in Samarra region
·         Doctors claim US forces using toxic gas in Al-Fallujah
·         Iraqi TV says Al-Hillah death toll rises to 115
·         Police kill two Sudanese gunmen in Baghdad
·         Al-Zarqawi's group claims Ninawa suicide attack
·         TV report says Iraqis "regaining trust in local media"
·         Interior minister says Iraq using foreign expertise to improve security
·         Al-Yawar says he refused to play second fiddle to Allawi
·         Al-Yawar wants presidency, suggests Talabani should be parliament Speaker
·         Minister refuses to give details on arrest of Saddam's half-brother
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 28 FEB 05
·         Al-Adalah [Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)]
·         Baghdad [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement]
·         Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]
·         Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress]
·         Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned]
·         Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman]
·         IRAQI PRESS COMMENTARY, 28 FEB 05
IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA PROG. SUMMARIES, 28 FEB 05
·         Al-Sharqiyah TV 28 February
·         Al-Iraqiyah TV 28 February
UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PRESS, 28 FEB 05
·         Khabat daily issued in Erbil by the KDP
·         Kurdistani Nwe daily issued in Sulaymanya by PUK
·         www.peyamner.com
KURD NEWS, 28 FEB 05
·         Kurdish leader, Islamic party leader in talks
·         Iraqi Kurdish leader, Iranian officials discuss trade
·         Sunni leader supports Kurdish leader Talabani for presidency
·         UK envoy in Kirkuk visits Kurdish towns of Duhok, Zakho

IRAQI NEWS, 28 Feb 05
Three Iraqi soldiers, interpreter killed in Samarra region

Two Iraqi troops were killed when soldiers clashed with gunmen in the Al-Jubayriyah area near Samarra, north of Baghdad, on 28 Feb, Al-Sharqiyah Television reported. Meanwhile, a third soldier and an interpreter working with the US forces were killed when seven mortar shells fell on a military HQ in Al-Dulu'iyah, south of Samarra. Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05

Doctors claim US forces using toxic gas in Al-Fallujah

Iraqi doctors have accused US forces of using poison gas against residents of Al-Fallujah city over the past two days. Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV said on 28 Feb. The doctors told the Association of Muslim Scholars' delegation visiting Al-Fallujah that US forces bombarded a number of areas with shells containing poison gases diffusing an apple odour. They said when the gases, including mustard gas and nerve gas, are inhaled, they affect victims, who die suddenly, with their skin turning dark grey. The doctors said a number of skinned and scorched bodies were found, "thus proving that they were exposed to poisonous gases". Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05

Iraqi TV says Al-Hillah death toll rises to 115

Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 28 February that 115 civilians were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the city of Al-Hillah earlier that day. The TV quoted an eyewitness saying that the suicide attacker, driving at a high speed, rammed his car into civilians queuing up for medical tests. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05)

Police kill two Sudanese gunmen in Baghdad

Two Sudanese gunmen were killed in clashes with Iraqi police forces in central Baghdad on 28 February, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Police sources said that 22 "extremists" had been arrested in a raid carried out in the central Al-Battawin district, which has a large Sudanese population. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05)

Al-Zarqawi's group claims Ninawa suicide attack

Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's group, Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of Two Rivers, has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack carried out in Hamam al-Alil district in Ninawa Province on 27 February. In a statement posted Al-Khattab al-Iraqi" on the Al-Ikhlas forum on 28 February, the group urged Al-Qai'dah supporters to continue their jihad in Iraq. (Al-Ikhlas forum 28 February 05)

TV report says Iraqis "regaining trust in local media"

Iraq's Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on 28 February that ordinary Iraqis were regaining trust in their local media which it said had served as the mouthpiece for the former regime. "Iraqis are now able to discern the nature of guided media whose objective is to control public opinion," the TV said. Two Iraqis interviewed by the TV said that Iraqi media were better placed to report on local events, adding that their coverage was more accurate that that of Arab TV channels. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05)


Interior minister says Iraq using foreign expertise to improve security

Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib has said that Iraq is using Iraqi and foreign expertise to improve the performance of the security agencies in a bid to have the strongest Interior Ministry in the region in five years, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 28 February. Al-Naqib told a news conference the ministry would be able to maintain security "in a good way" in Iraq in mid-2006. He expressed hope that the Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry personnel would not meddle in partisan issues, adding that "mixing politics with security would destroy the country". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05)

Al-Yawar says he refused to play second fiddle to Allawi

Iraqi President Ghazi Ajil al-Yawar has admitted to engaging in a power struggle with his prime minister in the outgoing interim government, Iyad Allawi, saying he could not reconcile himself to the principle of having to play second fiddle to his premier, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 28 February. In an interview with Al-Sharqiyah TV carried on 27th, Al-Yawar said: "There were differences over who is number one. I could not understand how the president of the republic could be number two while the prime minister is number one on the list although the two had the same period of service. That was my opinion and I continue to believe that my opinion was correct." Al-Yawar added: "The fact that I am president of the republic does not allow me to be second on any list even if this would cost me winning no votes at all. This is so because president of the republic is a symbol of sovereignty. He is head of the Iraqi state... If I agree to be number two at this stage, I will be viewing things from the perspective of narrow personal interests. I decided to represent the sovereignty of Iraq to the best of my ability. Therefore, I did not agree to be number two." He blamed the US-led coalition forces of vesting the prime minister with powers superior to those of president, saying: "Regrettably the friends in the coalition or multinational forces concentrated powers in the prime minister. They sometimes bypassed the president of the republic in making certain decisions. That was very annoying and unacceptable. It was dangerous to play with the fire. We all hope that the Iraqi security forces will be much better prepared during the next six months." (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 27 Feb 05)

Al-Yawar wants presidency, suggests Talabani should be parliament Speaker

Iraqi President Ghazi Ajil al-Yawar has indicated that he favours the post of president in the next government, while suggesting that Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, widely proposed for the Iraq presidency, should be given the post of parliament speaker, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 28 February. Asked by Al-Sharqiyah TV whether he would run for a second term, the outgoing president said: "If I had a parliamentary bloc of more than 50 or 60 seats, I would have preferred to be a parliament speaker. This is so because the parliament speaker will have stronger powers than the president of the republic. But in the absence of this bloc and appropriate parliamentary representation, the only place suitable for the Sunni Arabs will be the post of president of the republic with all due respect to all other nominations for the job." Al-Yawar further elaborated that the presidency should be allocated to Sunnis. "First, giving them the post of president will boost their morale. Second, the president of the republic has the right to revoke decisions while in parliament that person will have one out of 275 votes," he told the television in an interview carried on 27 February. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 27 Feb 05)

Minister refuses to give details on arrest of Saddam's half-brother

Iraqi State Minister Qasim Dawud has refused to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Saddam Husayn's half-brother Sab'awi Ibrahim al-Hasan, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Speaking at a news conference, Dawud said disclosing more details could hamper search for other officials on the wanted list. Al-Hasan was arrested after crossing into Iraq from Syria at the end of last week, a top Iraqi intelligence official said on 28 February, AFP reported. Hussein Ali Kamel, the interior ministry's intelligence head, refused to say if Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti had been expelled from Syria, which Washington accuses of sheltering former leaders of the ousted Saddam regime. Kamel said that his capture resulted from arrests in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and active patrols by Iraqi forces on the Syrian border, particularly in the restive province of Al-Anbar. "This is not our problem if the Syrians put pressure on him or not. But he was crossing the border in and out of Iraq regularly and we spotted him three days from today," Kamel said. (AFP 28 Feb 05) (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 28 Feb 05)


IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 28 Feb 05
Al-Adalah [Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)]
·         Sayyid Al-Sistani: Most important is a new government meeting people's demands, rather than people holding posts
·         Iraqi security forces capture [Saddam's half-brother] Sab'awi Ibrahim al-Tikriti
·         Defence Ministry invites special task forces' officers, military ranks to join new Iraqi army
·         Following talks with United Iraqi Alliance, Muslim Scholar Association needs time to think before it agrees (news agencies quoted)
·         Al-Zarqawi's network breached (news agencies quoted)
·         United Iraqi Alliance coordination committee approves other blocs joining in Schroeder expresses readiness to increase German civilian aid to Iraq (news agencies quoted)
·         Iraqi chief of staff makes inspection visit to Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry (news agencies quoted)
·         Turkish PM appeals to Iraqi parties to agree on common denominators (news agencies quoted)
·         Iraqi ambassador to Tehran praises the progress made in Kuwaiti-Iraqi relations (KUNA quoted)
·         Al-Najaf police chief assumes tasks of city governor; [Former governor]
·         Adnan al-Zurfi's role is over [Public works minister] Barwari requests 2bn US dollars to complete drinking water projects.
Baghdad [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement]
·         Sab'awi al-Tikriti captured (AFP quoted)
·         Iraq formally invited to attend Arab summit (AFP quoted)
·         Three Iraqi women, Turkish driver killed in attacks north of Baghdad
·         Bomb disposal experts defuse four explosive devices in Baghdad
·         Dangerous killing, looting gang captured in Al-Rashid military camp area
·         Security guard of Iraqi Central Bank assassinated
·         Private sector to establish three power stations with 600-megawatt capacity
·         Twelve ministries to take part in food security conference in Baghdad
·         Differing views on weekend days.
Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]
·         Ibrahim al-Ja'fari: Our momentum is derived from our people; Efficiency is the basis for selecting ministry portfolios
·         Interior Ministry opens new intelligence centre with direct satellite connection Saddam's half-brother arrested (news agencies quoted)
·         Eight killed in car bomb explosion in Mosul
·         Health Ministry asks World Bank to release frozen Iraqi assets at Jordanian Banks
·         Three commercial ships anchor at Al-Ma'qil port for first time in 35 years .
·         Trade Ministry registers 214 trading companies
·         Education Ministry forms drug control committee
·         Environment Ministry defines dumping sites for damaged, contaminated military vehicles
·         Labour Ministry opens employment centre for the physically impaired.
Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress]

[Ahmad] al-Chalabi urges Muslim Scholars Association leaders to take part in writing the constitution; Political process requires involvement of all Iraqi people International delegation meets Tariq Aziz in jail over oil-for-food scandal Justice minister: 300 Arabs detained in Iraq Capture of 36th wanted former regime official deals deadly blow to terrorists [Colin] Powell: We did not provide enough troops to build post-war Iraq New 17,000-strong force formed to protect oil installations Army unit commander in Babil, Karbala: Modern equipment not possessed even by US forces seized with terrorists New media law to regulate newspaper publications Iraqi irrigation official: Security situation, fuel shortages delay implementation of irrigation projects Planning Ministry stresses need to encourage foreign investment in Iraq.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned]
·         Al-Ja'fari: Not all Iraqis are Shi'i and not all Shi'is are Islamists; Government priority will be security, services, economic recovery
·         Saddam's [half-]brother Sab'awi in Iraqi security hands;
·         Reports of Syrian information leading to his arrest in Beirut;
·         Government statement accuses him of active involvement in planned attacks Tariq Aziz's lawyer: Oil-for-food investigation committee interrogates former regime officials
·         Twelve Iraqis, two US soldiers killed; Five bodies of Iraqi army members, another of a woman found
·         Iraqi man, his son charged with crimes against humanity for alleged role in massacre against Shi'is
·         Struggle for police chief post threatens Al-Najaf security (Reuters quoted)
·         United Iraqi Alliance delegation visits Ayatollah Al-Sistani (AFP quoted)
·         Demonstration in Karbala in protest against government decision on Saturday holiday (AFP quoted)
·         Bulgarian medical sources: Serious disease outbreak among foreign soldiers in Iraq.
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman]
·         Consultations to test water between United Alliance, Iraqi list; SCIRI expects final understanding by week end, rules out forming new government soon
·         [Defence minister] Al-Sha'lan says noose tightened around Al-Zarqawi, reiterates accusations against Tehran, Damascus of backing gunmen Al-Sistani advises
·         [United] Alliance: Be first defenders of Sunni groups; Al-Shahristani: Kirkuk issue to be considered when discussing the constitution
·         US forces withdraw from central Samarra Well-informed sources:
·         Damascus turn over Sab'awi to US forces without Iraqi authorities' knowledge
·         Basra: Captured gunmen confess to links with neighbouring intelligence Talks in Arbil between Barzani,
·         [Iraqi Islamic Party leader] Muhsin Abd-al-Hamid Suspected leader of 40-gunman ring captured in Mosul
·         National guards take charge of security in four areas of Baghdad
·         One million square kilometres cleared of mines; 14 tonnes of explosives destroyed in, around Baghdad
·         Water Resources Ministry: One third of dry marshlands submerged
·         First military engineering regiment graduates
·         Interior minister: 500 suspects arrested; 200 of them lead organized rings, armed groups in Mosul; Ninawa governorate was closer to security collapse.

IRAQI PRESS COMMENTARY, 28 FEB 05

Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress]: [From opinion by Ali Sabir Muhammad] "Just as the Iraqis selected Iyad Allawi for the post of prime minister yesterday against the will of the UN envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, who was pressing in a different choice, they will freely choose one representative from the winner lists to head the new government, according to the rules of democracy However, the immense tasks awaiting the new government and national assembly require intensive efforts to put Iraq in order and invite all the political parties, whether they took part or boycotted the election, to become active partners when selecting the new government and to be a powerful voice when drafting Iraq's permanent constitution."
Al-Adalah [Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)]: [From commentary by Salim Rasul] "The achievements recently made by the Iraqi army and local police have far exceeded, both in their short duration and quality, all that has been achieved by the multinational forces over the past two years These Iraqi successes evidently support the notion that the security issue should be handed fully to the Iraqi forces, without denying the logistic role of the multinational forces which have much facilitated Iraqi forces' tasks This is a natural result. The sons of the country understand Iraq better and are more capable of dealing with any developments or breaches. They know the geography of the areas where terrorists gather, unlike the multinational troops that need more supplies and equipment to prepare for a single operation."



IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA PROG. SUMMARIES, 28 Feb 05

Al-Sharqiyah TV 28 February
·        

Huge suicide car bomb blast in Al-Hillah south of Baghdad leaves 115 Iraqis killed, tens wounded ...

·         Two Sudanese "militants" killed in clashes with Iraqi police in central Baghdad, 22 others arrested ...
·         Allawi criticizes US administration's decision to dissolve Iraqi army, other ministries, government departments ...
·         Iraqi oil exports through Turkey still not resumed ... Iraqi state minister refuses to reveal details on circumstances of arrest of Saddam's half-brother Sab'awi ...
·         Iraqi policeman seriously wounded in explosive charge blast in Baghdad ...
·         Iraqi interior minister says Iraq currently makes use of Iraqi, foreign experience to improve performance of Iraqi security services ...
·         Bus driver, two passengers wounded in crossfire between gunmen and Iraqi police in Ba'qubah ...
·         Kurdish leading figures expect Kurdish parliament to hold its first session within ten days ...
·         Iraqi doctors say US forces used poison gases in Al-Fallujah during past two days ...
·         Four Iraqis killed, two wounded by gunmen in Mosul, say US army ...
·         Crowded demonstration held in Al-Anbar university in protest against "practices of US forces against students and students" ...
·         Ninth regiment of Iraqi army rapid intervention force takes over part of the military base in Al-Habbaniyah from US force ...
·         Recorded interview over video with Iraqi army officer on assignment of Iraqi regiment ...
·         Iraqi Defence Ministry announces voluntary enrolment to recruit 4,000 additional members to Iraqi army ...
·         Iraqi rapid intervention forces, US forces carry out raid campaign in Samarra, arrest 12 "suspects".

Al-Iraqiyah TV 28 February
·        

Tony Blair condemns terror attack in Al-Hillah ...

·         Germany calls on Iraq neighbouring countries to help it fight terrorism ...
·         Scores killed and hurt in car bomb near hospital in Al-Hillah...
·         Four killed, two injured in shooting in Mosul ...
·         Groups not taking part in polls want to participate in political process. Video report covers conference held by movements that did not take part in polls, participants calling for national consensus ...
·         Adnan al-Pachachi, leader of Iraqi Independent Democrats Grouping, tells Al-Iraqiyah participation of all forces in writing constitution important. He says new committee to coordinate with all groups, calls for national dialogue and understanding on basic issues ... UN chief defends UN role in Iraq ...
·         Jawad Bolani from the Shi'i Political Council says Shi'i marja Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani played positive role in polls, political groups that have not taken part in polls should contribute to writing of constitution ...
·         Prime Minister Iyad Allawi sends Egypt condolence message over death of former Egyptian premier ...
·         Court statement says investigation continues into 1982 Dijil events ...
·         Minister of Interior Falah al-Naqib says security to be tightened across Iraq. Video report highlights his comments at press conference, statement over capture of Saddam half brother, ministry achievements in area of security ...
·         Iraq intelligence official says Saddam half brother captured at Iraq-Syria border three days ago. His capture is greeted by Iraqis. Video report highlights comments by Iraqis saying they are pleased with arrest ...
·         Army and multinational force arrest four terror suspects west of Baghdad; police detain terror suspects in Diala. Video report shows arrested men...
·         Police free abducted child in Basra. Video report covers police operation, father of child, American national, speaking about kidnapping ...
·         Families of victims meet members of special force in Mosul, call for harshest punishment for terrorists. Video report shows parents giving account of how their children were killed ...
·         Arrest of terror suspects hailed by Iraqis. Video report highlights comments by Iraqis, reaction to Al-Iraqiyah TV coverage of confessions made by captured insurgents ...
·         Report on funeral of Shi'i cleric Shaykh Yasin al-Rumaithy.



UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PRESS, 28 FEB 05
Khabat daily issued in Erbil by the KDP
·        

The KDP leader Massoud Barzani received on Sunday an Iranian governmental delegation. KRG-Erbil PM Nechirvan Barzani also received the delegation and reiterated the need to promote bilateral economic ties.

·         Kirkuk did not vote for joining Iraq in the year 1924 referendum, journalist Zahir Rozhbayani said in a symposium held Sunday in Erbil.
·         KDP politburo executive Chief Fadhil Mirani received a Spanish delegation that expressed happiness for visiting Kurdistan and seeing the prevailing development.
·         (Summarized editorial) … Hawal weekly reported on 26 February that Barzani would not take [PUK politburo Chief] Kosrat Rassoul as Vice-President because of the numerous votes that the PUK received in Erbil elections. The report is not only groundless, but also provocative and ill intended. The vice-presidency issue has never been discussed between KDP and PUK. Moreover, the election results officially announced by the Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq (IECI) clearly showed that the KDP's Democratic Voice list for Erbil elections received 347,772 votes while the PUK's had only 244,343 votes… Hawal weekly needs to stop its provocative attitude and misinformation.

Kurdistani Nwe daily issued in Sulaymanya by PUK
·        

The new Iraqi cabinet should work for all Iraqi ethnic, religious and sectarian components, the PUK leader Jalal Talabani said during his reception to a senior delegation of the Iraqi Islamic Party on Sunday.

·         Shiite nominee for Iraqi premiership is to visit Sulaymaniya in few days to meet with Talabani.
·         A PUK delegation is invited to visit Turkey to be acquainted with the country's experience in governance, constitution drafting and parliamentary life, PUK representative in Ankara told the daily.
·         A new regional policy regarding Iraq is emerging through Turkey. (Editorial)
·         The monthly food ration will be distributed regularly effective March, the director of Trade Department in Sulaymanya announced.

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The Sunni [Arabs] will not accept the position of parliament speaker. Talabani is best suited for this post, the Iraqi interim president Ghazi al-Yawar said. He further said the Sunnis would not accept anything less than Iraqi presidency.

·         The members of Kirkuk's new Municipal Council were sworn in Monday morning. Most of the 41 members were from the Kurdish-sponsored fraternity List and swore in Kurdish language. The council elected Kurdish member Ali Salihi as Council Chief for a temporary 15-day term.


KURD NEWS, 28 FEB 05
Kurdish leader, Islamic party leader in talks

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK] Secretary-General Jalal Talabani held talks with a delegation from the Iraqi Islamic Party comprising party leader Muhsin Abd-al-Hamid, and Iyad al-Samarra'i and Muhamamd Fadil, and the two sides were in agreement on a number of issues, Kurdish TV reported on 28 Feb. They agreed on who should be the next premier; that the future government should be open to all, whether or not they took part in recent elections; and that Talabani should be nomimated for the post of president. (KurdSat TV, 28 Feb)

Iraqi Kurdish leader, Iranian officials discuss trade

Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Mas'ud Barzani met a group of Iranian officials to discuss boosting trade, Kurdish TV reported on 28 Feb. Attending the meeting in Salah-al-Din were the governor of Orumiyeh, Jamshid Ansari, and other Iranian officials connected with Orumiyeh, who were visiting for the opening of an Iranian trade and industry fair in Duhok. Both sides praised bilateral relations, welcoming the opportunity to increase trade ties, with Ansari saying Iranian companies were prepared to participate in the development and reconstruction of the Kurdistan region. Sixty Iranian companies are participating in the faie, which started on 27 Feb and will continue until 7 Mar. (Kurdistan Satellite TV, 28 Feb 05)

Sunni leader supports Kurdish leader Talabani for presidency

The leader of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party, Muhsin Abd-al-Hamid, has expressed his support for the nomination of the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK], Jalal Talabani, for the post of the president of Iraq, PUK-affiliated TV reported on 28 February. "We welcome him. Jalal Talabani is a well-heeled and experienced politician who understands very well the state of the Iraqi society, and he is a true Iraqi ... We welcome him, and pray to God Almighty to help him to succeed in serving Iraq and the unity of Iraq at this critical stage, together with the others who would take part in the establishment of the new Iraqi government. Abd-al-Hamid made the remarks in an interview with the TV due to be screened on 1 March. (KurdSat TV, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 28 Feb 05)

UK envoy in Kirkuk visits Kurdish towns of Duhok, Zakho

The British consul-general in Kirkuk, Noel Guckian, on 28 February visited the Kurdistan Democratic Party [KDP] branch in Duhok and discussed the election aftermath with a number of candidates of the Kurdistan Alliance list, Kurdish TV reported. During the meeting, Guckian stressed his commitment to the implementation of Article 58 of the interim Iraqi State Administration Law, concerning the return of displaced Kurds to Kirkuk, the TV said. Guckian also visited the border town of Zakho and discussed security and reconstruction issues with local KDP officials. (Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish 28 Feb 05)


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