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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Sunday, 6 March 2005

 
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IRAQI NEWS, 5 MARCH 05

·         Four injured in explosion in Baghdad
·         Two US soldiers said wounded north of Baghdad
·         President Al-Yawir, US congressmen discuss future Iraqi government
·         Iraqi rights body says US used "internationally-banned weapons" in Al-Fallujah
·         Electricity minister complains 2005 budget not enough
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES (05 MARCH 2005)
·         Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper published by the Iraqi National Congress]:
·         Al-Zaman [Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:
IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTARY (05 MARCH 2005)
·         Iraqi press commentary
·         Iraqi press qoutes
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 5 MARCH 2005
·         Programme summary of Al-Diyar TV 5 Mar 05
·         Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news
·         Programme summary of Al-Sharqiyah TV news
KURDISH NEWS UPDATE, 3 MARCH 05
·         Kurdistani Nwe daily issued in Sulaymanya by PUK
·         Khabat daily issued in Erbil by the KDP
·         www.peyamner.com

IRAQI NEWS, 5 March 05

Four injured in explosion in Baghdad
A booby-trapped "steam bicycle" (AFP reports this was a motorcycle) blew up in the Al-A'zamiyah district in north Baghdad on 5 March morning, wounding four civilians, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Eyewitnesses told the Al-Sharqiyah correspondent that an unidentified person propped a booby-trapped bicycle near a bakery which is located among a group of restaurants on the main road in Al-A'zamiyah. Four people were wounded in the explosion which took place at 0445 gmt. (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Mar 05)
Two US soldiers said wounded north of Baghdad
An explosive device blew up on 5 March morning as a US military convoy was passing in the area of Al-Taji, north of Baghdad, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Eyewitnesses said two US soldiers were wounded. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Mar 05)
President Al-Yawir, US congressmen discuss future Iraqi government
Iraqi President Shaykh Ghazi Ajil al-Yawir on Saturday (5 March) received a US Congress delegation comprising five congressmen, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The meeting, which was attended by US Ambassador in Iraq John Negroponte, focused on political developments in Iraq and the contacts being held to form the new Iraqi government, it said. (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Mar 05)
Iraqi rights body says US used "internationally-banned weapons" in Al-Fallujah
Al-Mizan Organization for defending human rights has held a conference in Baghdad to discuss "the reconstruction of the city of Al-Fallujah and the use of internationally-banned weapons against it by the US forces", Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah television reported at 0907 gmt on 5 February 2005. Jum'ah Abdallah, head of Al-Mizan Organization, was quoted by Al-Sharqiyah TV as saying that the meeting was an "appeal to the conscience of the world, humanity and international organizations" to reveal the "humanitarian tragedy" in Al-Fallujah. Al-Sharqiyah TV reported that "the Association of Muslim Scholars [AMS] spokesman who attended this conference stressed that Iraqi doctors informed an AMS delegation visiting Al-Fallujah recently that US forces shelled a number of districts in the city with shells containing poisonous gases, which was denied by the US forces". Ibrahim al-Kubaysi, a physician at Al-Fallujah hospital, was pictured by Al-Sharqiyah TV showing some pictures of disfigured bodies and saying: "Most of this took place in the Al-Shuhada area, Al-Julan and Al-Askari districts. These photographed bodies came from these three areas, where the US forces admitted in some way of using some materials. What are these materials? They are chemical materials." A parent of one of the victims is also shown saying: "They bomb us with internationally-banned weapons, and these photographs are proof of what they did in Al-Fallujah." (Al-Sharqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Mar 05)
Electricity minister complains 2005 budget not enough
Interim Electricity Minister Ayham al-Samarra'i has complained that the government allocation of 440bn dinars [about 300m dollars] for investment in electricity for 2005 is not enough, Al-Nahda newspaper reported on 1 March. The paper cited Al-Samarra'i saying that he had actually asked for a budget of 2bn dollars to cover the cost of improvements to electricity networks. He also said the minitry was planning to implement a number of strategic projects to boost electricity generation. (Al-Nahdah 01 Mar 05)

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES (05 March 2005)
Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper published by the Iraqi National Congress]:
Al-Hakim denies rifts in United Iraqi Alliance, Al-Zarqawi expected to be US gift to new Iraqi government (Agencies- Quoted) Turkish organization battling US troops in Iraq People of Al-Hillah hold Allawi government responsible for last terror attack carnage Al-Chalabi demands government disclose details of contract to purchase 3,300 military vehicles from Indian firm (KUNA- Quoted) Heavy weaponry seized in Tikrit police station Basra women reap 30 per cent of provincial council seats Criminals involved in Al-Dujayl massacre in grip of Iraqi justice President of Iraqi Central Bank says Iraq will be rid of all debts in 2008
Al-Zaman [Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:
National Assembly alignments hit Kirkuk snag, Al-Naqib denies Allawi withdrawal from race for premiership, as withdrawals threaten to weaken United Iraqi Alliance Rice: Iraq elections have had a positive impact on Middle East Two car bombs detonate in Diyalah hours after state of emergency declared extended Amin: 100 Mujahiden-e-Khalq members have voluntarily left for Iran Pentagon: Our losses in Iraq in February the lowest in two years Thirty-three suspected killers, kidnappers arrested in Kut
IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTARY (05 MARCH 2005)
Iraqi press commentary

Al-Bayyinah publishes on page 4 a 200-word report citing Ashraf Qadi, the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's envoy to Iraq, informing the newspaper that the UN will strongly support the transitional government and supervise the drafting of the new constitution. (5 Mar 05)

Al-Bayyinah publishes on the front page a 350-word editorial by the chief editor comparing Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who refused to allow people to retaliate to those responsible for the Karbala and Al-Kazimiyah bombings last year and Dr Harith al-Dari, leader of the Association of Muslim Scholars, who informed Al-Hayat newspaper that if it chooses, his association will be capable of ending the suicide attacks and violence in Iraq. The editorial calls for tough measures against the terrorists and their supporters, and for reviewing the identity of the representatives of the Sunnis in the ongoing negotiations. Al-Bayyinah publishes on page 2 a 300-word report on the Al-Sistani's recommendations to the delegation of the Unified Iraqi Alliance. The report says that Al-Sistani emphasized the importance of maintaining the Sunnis' rights for the sake of Iraq's unity. (5 Mar 05)

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Commentary by Adnan Husayn]: Allawi has made some open and direct criticism of the bid to involve the Shi'i Marji'iyah in the political ploys going on in Iraq these days, describing it as harmful not only to the Marji'iyah, but to Islam as well. His criticism is not without justification, especially if we keep in mind that, though highly esteemed and widely respected, the Marji'iyah, being a human entity, is neither sacrosanct nor infallible. Iraqi history provides more than one example of how wrong it can be sometimes. A case in point is the well-known series of edicts issued by the Marji'iyah to boycott the first Iraqi state founded by king Faysal I at the beginning of the last century- a disastrous mistake for which the Iraqi people, particularly the Shi'i segment, have continued to pay dearly ever since, particularly in human life and human blood.
Al-Adalah [From commentary by Hamzah al-Shamkhi]: "How much longer are you going to keep silent about these appalling crimes, squabbling for new government positions while the tyrant continues gloating, well-tended in his prison cell? Are you aware that Saddam is reaching out from his custody to kill more and more Iraqis, including the judges who want to try him in court? Does it not defy all reason that human rights should apply only to the tyrant, to the exclusion of scores of innocent Iraqis who fall victim to his terror squads every day
Iraqi press qoutes
Al-Bayyinah
publishes on the front page a 120-word report citing Qatari officials as saying that Syrian President Bashar al-Asad expressed his readiness to make decisive changes in his country's foreign policies, especially establishing "good" diplomatic relations with Iraq, in preparation for his visit to Baghdad. (5 Mar 05)
Al-Bayan publishes on the front page a 100-word report on Vice President Ibrahim al-Ja'fari's meeting with the Turkish Ambassador in Baghdad to discuss the progress in the political process in Iraq. (5 Mar 05)
Al-Adalah runs on page 1 a 200-word report citing Iraqi Ports Director Mahmud Salih Abd-al-Nabi saying that there is a "scheme adopted by some sides inside and outside Iraq to frustrate the work of Iraqi ports, in order to make ships unload in other neighbouring countries." (5 Mar 05)
Al-Sabah al-Jadid carries on page 2 a 600-word article by Ibrahim Abd-al-Rahman, commenting on the "wise advice" given by the Saudi crown prince Abdallah Bin Sultan to Syria to "withdraw its forces from Lebanon." The author says that some Arabs are "putting oil on fire" instead of backing the Saudi "advice," adding that if Syria does not "listen to the voice of wisdom" the Lebanese might "ally with the devil to oblige Syria to withdraw." (5 Mar 05)
Al-Dustur publishes on page 6 a 1,600-word article by Dr Shakir al-Nabulsi, discussing Jordan's King Abdallah II "dissatisfaction" with the Jordanian media. The author says that the king "expressed his resentment and disappointment" with the way the Jordanian press tackles matters. Al-Nabulsi adds that the Jordanian media is "governed and financed by the powers of darkness, which are constituted of the demagogical Arab nationalists and religious fascists." (5 Mar 05)

IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 5 March 2005
Programme summary of Al-Diyar TV 5 Mar 05
§         Vice President Al-Ja'fari receives US ambassador Negroponte and calls for international support for Iraq ...
§         Lawyer Rim al-Rayis, member of the United Iraqi Alliance, says consultations with Kurdish leaders are stalling over Kirkuk obstacle .. otherwise talks fruitful and will continue ...
§         Jawad al-Maliki notes progress in talks with Kurds ...
§         In a Friday sermon, Al-Sistani's representative in Karbala criticizes delay in convening of National Assembly ...
§         Report sounds out views of ordinary Iraqis in Karbala on next prime minister and government priorities ...
§         American military officials admit that military prisons in Iraq cannot cope with large number of detainees ...
§         Defence minister said yesterday new Iraqi Army now has 10 divisions .. noted continuing efforts to equip and increase the army .. said relations with multinational forces based on trust and respect ...
§         Dhi Qar governor criticizes central authority in Baghdad and Higher Council on Reconstruction over poor services in governorate ...
§         American soldiers open fire on car carrying the freed Italian journalist .. journalist wounded, Italian intelligence officer killed ..
§         President Bush expresses regret ...
§         Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq official Hamid al-Bayyati says United Iraqi Alliance trying to obtain Interior Ministry portfolio ...
§         Ahmad Chalabi calls for dialogue with resistance leaders in Iraq ...
§         Turkish defence minister says Turkish Army deploying over 1,300 soldiers in northern Iraq to fight Turkish Kurdish rebels ...
§         Armed men open fire on Al-Budayr police chief near Al-Diwaniyah .. one woman wounded ...
§         Interview with minister of social affairs on plan to remove beggars from streets ... Report on complaints by shop owners for rising rents ...
§         Report on opening of AIDS centres in Baghdad
Programme summary of Al-Iraqiyah TV news
§         President Ghazi al-Yawar meets visiting US congressmen ...
§         Ali Hashim Yusha, leader of the Unified National Coalition says his withdrawal from United Iraqi Alliance came after public appeal for convening of National Assembly fell on deaf ears .. report includes interview with Yusha .. says withdrawal comes after failure of ongoing talks over formation of government to achieve result .. says ongoing talks to form government should be public, open ...
§         Member of National Assembly, Ali al-Adib, says withdrawal of two members from United Iraqi Alliance will not affect coalition .. says talks with Kurdish coalition have gone long way ...
§         Interview with member of interim National Assembly, Sami al-Askari .. says delayed convening of National Assembly is no cause for concern, talks over forming government is causing delay ...
§         Five Iraqi soldiers killed in mortar attack on their camp ...
§         Four American soldiers killed in Al-Anbar ...
§         Turkish truck comes under attack in Mosul ...
§         Freed Italian journalist says she has not been abused by Iraq kidnappers, angry at killing of Italian in American attack on her car ...
§         Babil police offer reward for information on Al-Hillah attack ...
§         Christians in Basra condemn Al-Hillah terror act ...
§         Improved security across country due to help of public ...
§         Iraqis agree on priorities of National Assembly .. report from Al-Samawah highlights views of Iraqis .. man saying creating jobs main task of government .. another saying security top priority .. man saying writing constitution very important ...
§         Ziqar province council meets for first time since election
Programme summary of Al-Sharqiyah TV news
§         Four hurt in booby-trapped car explosion in Baghdad. Old lady among those injured. Report over video with witnesses' accounts...
§         Lebanese troops deployed briefly around headquarters of Syrian intelligence in Beirut...
§         Bush calls for complete withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon...
§         Iraqi president received members of US Congress...
§         Italian journalist denied US statement that US forces fired on her vehicle in Baghdad because driver did not obey orders to stop...
§         Iraqi killed, three others injured by mortars in Al-Latifiyah...
§         Five Iraqi soldiers killed in attack on their barracks in Al-Dhulu'iyah...
§         Iraqi soldier killed, three injured in Tikrit...
§         Two US soldiers injured north of Baghdad...
§         Five US soldiers killed in Al-Anbar Governorate...
§         Tribes in southeast Iraq asked for cooperation from authorities to put an end to terrorist acts...
§         TV correspondent attended conference on massacre of Al-Fallujah...
§         US, Iraqi forces besiege Samarra...
§         Attack on Turkish tanker in Mosul...
§         Group of Iranian Khalq movement returns to Iran...
§         UN inspectors said 90 per cent of weapons sites in Iraq have been looted...
§         Iran threatens to stop negotiations with Europeans on nuclear issue if no progress is made
Kurdish News Update, 3 March 05


Kurdistani Nwe daily issued in Sulaymanya by PUK                 
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Receiving Ibrahim Ja'afari in Sulaymanya, the PUK leader Jalal Talabani reiterated the importance of rebuilding on a federal basis and the Iraqi United Alliance headed by Ja'afari its understanding to the Kurdish demands. The two leaders had a joint press conference after the talks. Talabani said the Kurds respected the Shiite's nomination of Ja'afari for premiership and the latter expressed the same opinion on Talabani's nomination by the Kurdish leadership for Iraqi presidency.

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KRG-Sulaymanya Omer Fattah received Wednesday a Spanish Foreign Ministry delegation. The discussions focused on the post-election political status quo in Kurdistan and Iraq.
¾         In a meeting with Iraqi National Assembly Speaker Fuad Maasoum, the Association for Muslim Scholars OK'ed Talabani's nomination for Iraqi presidency.
¾         Iraqi Human Rights Minister Bakhtyar Ameen told Azzaman newspaper that 532 foreign terrorists from 23 countries have been captured in Iraq up to January 10, 2005.
¾         ``The Kurds form majority in Kirkuk,'' the Turkish PM's Special Envoy Osman Koroturk told a Turkish satellite TV after returning from a visit to Sulaymanya and meeting with Talabani.
¾         ``We slaughtered the Kurds in name of Arabism,'' Lebanese politician and leader of Progressive Socialist Party Waleed Janbolat said in an interview aired by Al-Jazeera satellite TV few days ago. He further recalled the suffering of the Kurds under the regional powers, as well as the latest political developments in the aftermath of the assassination of ex-PM Rafiq Al-Hariri.
¾         32 bodies unearthed from 6 mass graves were reburied in Saywan cemetery in Sulaymanya in the presence of a KRG-Sulaymanya official in charge of the mass graves dossier. The mass graves were discovered in Dabashan area outside the town during excavations for the construction of the 400-bed hospital [proposed under the phased out Oil-for-Food program].
¾         A special team headed by the Mayor of Shwan town (about 20 km northeast Kirkuk), started excavation in a mass grave discovered in the area for re-burial. As the traditional baggy pants indicate, the corpses seem to belong to a number of Kurds who escaped to the area in the aftermath of the year 1991 Uprising. Saddam's cousin nicknamed Chemical Ali ordered their summery firing.

 Khabat daily issued in Erbil by the KDP
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KRG-Erbil PM Nechirvan received in Erbil the new commander of the US troops in Kirkuk on Wednesday and reiterated the Kurdish persistent on the implementation of Article number 58 of eth Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law (TAL).

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KDP politburo executive chief Fadhil Mirani commented to Radio Sawa on Barzani-Ja'afari Tuesday talks in Erbil saying the discussions were transparent and fruitful.
¾         The KRG-Erbil Ministry of Reconstruction and Public Housing will construct a 250-house residential compound with a health center in Sarwaran quarter of Erbil city for the families of martyrs.
¾         The Iraqi Electricity Ministry will increase power generation up to 7,250 megawatts this summer, the minister said in a press conference on Wednesday.

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Heading a PUK politburo delegation, Talabani arrived in the KDP leader Barzani's HQ in Salahuddin for talks about a number of issues, including assembly of Kurdistan's new parliament and formation of the united KRG cabinet. Unofficial sources advise that the Kurdish leadership is very close to forming an alliance with the Shiite winning list and that the two leaders would finalize the issue and put dots on the I's. They are expected to hold a joint conference after the conclusion of their talks.



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