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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Monday, March 21, 2005

 
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IRAQI NEWS, 20 MARCH 05

·         US troops accused of "indiscriminate" shooting after blast
·         Paper says Kurds seek Israeli nuclear reactor
·         Talebani said to plan Israel visit
·         Reuters plans information exchange
·         Policeman killed in Samarra city
·         Soldiers' bodies found in Babil, Ba'qubah
·         Two civilians wounded in Baghdad car blast
·         Funeral held for headteacher killed by US gunfire in school
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 20 MARCH 2005
·         Al-Sharqiyah TV news 20 Mar 05
·         Al-Iraqiyah TV news 20 March 05
KURDISH NEWS, 20 MARCH 2005
·         Talabani slams criticism of Kurdish demands
·         Kirkuk law to be implemented one month after new government formed
·         Pershmerga forces to assume different role - Barzani
·         KurdSat TV news 1400 gmt 20 Mar 05
·         Kurdistan Satellite TV news 1630 gmt 20 Mar 05

IRAQI NEWS, 20 March 05
US troops accused of "indiscriminate" shooting after blast
A source in Abu Ghurayb hospital told Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV that a civilian called Abdallah al-Abdali was killed and another wounded when US troops opened "indiscriminate fire" after a bomb blast. The US forces have not commented. (Al-Sharqiyah 20 Mar)
Paper says Kurds seek Israeli nuclear reactor
The Iraqi newspaper Al-Furat quoted "well-informed Kurdish sources" as saying a senior Israeli delegation of scientists travelling on European passports recently visited Kurdistan for talks with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leader and Iraqi presidential hopeful Jalal Talabani. It said they discussed a Kurdish request for a nuclear reactor in Al-Sulaymaniyah Governorate, with the aim of supplying Iraq and its neighbours with surplus electricity. "Work on the reactor is expected to begin mid-year," the newspaper said. (Al-Furat 15 Mar)
Talebani said to plan Israel visit
Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani has been invited to visit Israel, according to sources quoted by the Iraqi newspaper Al-Furat. They said he told an alleged Israeli delegation that he would pay a private visit soon after being inaugurated president. The sources said Kurdish leaders sought Israeli technical and scientific expertise. "Talabani explicitly noted that most Arab countries have established relationships with Israel and he wondered why the Kurds are required to be more monarchist than the king himself," the paper said. (Al-Furat 17 Mar)
Reuters plans information exchange
Al-Bayan publishes on the front page a 70-word report stating that in coordination with the UN Development Programme, Reuters plans to establish a news network to exchange news and information among the various Iraqi media outlets. The report cites the director of the UN Development Programme as saying that the new media project, which will be based in Egypt, aims at boosting democracy in Iraq.
Policeman killed in Samarra city
A policeman was killed by gunmen on Al-Jubayriyah junction in Samarra city north of Baghdad, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 20 March. The incident took place two days after a religious fatwa was issued by the Association of Muslim Scholars in Samarra prohibiting attacks on Iraqi policemen. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 20 Mar 05)
Soldiers' bodies found in Babil, Ba'qubah
Four bodies, including three bodies belonging to Iraqi army servicemen, were found in the Babil and Diyala governorates, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 20 March. The bodies of two Iraqi soldiers were found in the Jurf al-Sakhar area south of Baghdad. They had been kidnapped 10 days ago. Ba'qubah Hospital said one of two other bodies found in Ba'qubah with shrapnel wounds, was that of an Iraqi army member. The other body was of a guard working at an embassy in Baghdad. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 20 Mar 05)
Two civilians wounded in Baghdad car blast
Two civilians were wounded when a booby-trapped car exploded on 20 March in Al-Wahdah district in Baghdad, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The booby-trapped car was parked on a side road near buildings housing the Interior Ministry's Forensic Evidence Office. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 20 Mar 05)
Funeral held for headteacher killed by US gunfire in school
US forces employed tight security measures during the funeral of the principal of Al-Ramadi's Al-Ahrar Secondary School, who was killed by US gunfire at the school on 19th, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Principal Ziyad Mahdi Sa'ud was killed while he was trying to evacuate students, as US bullets hit the school during clashes with gunmen, the TV said. Al-Anbar governorate's educational staff have asked US forces to stay away from areas close to educational facilities, and to remove the fixed and mobile checkpoints. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 20 Mar 05)


IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 20 March 2005
Al-Sharqiyah TV news 20 Mar 05
·         Disagreement remains between the United Iraqi Alliance and the Kurdish list over distribution of ministerial posts ...
·         Car bomb explodes in Baghdad this morning injuring two civilians ...
·         One civilian killed, policeman injured in bomb explosion in Basra ...
·         US soldier killed, three injured in bomb explosion near Kirkuk ...
·         Suicide bomber kills many in fraud department in Mosul ...
·         Four bodies found, three of them Iraqi soldiers in Babil and Diyala Provinces ...
·         Education Ministry appoints 2,000 graduates in Al-Sadr City schools ...
·         One Iraqi killed, another injured by random US gunfire in Abu-Ghurayb town ...
·         Australian prime minister admits situation in Iraq not as well as promised ...
·         Demonstrations continue in US cities demanding withdrawal of US forces from Iraq ...
·         Malaysian forces use tear gas to disperse crowds demonstrating outside US embassy against the invasion of Iraq ...
·         Explosion near Al-Fallujah targets a convoy of foreign nationals causing casualities ...
·         Unknown armed men kill policeman in Samarra ...
·         Iraqi police arrest nine people in Al-Kut for drugs related crimes ...
·         US forces take strict measures during the funeral of school headmaster in Al-Ramadi, killed by US soldiers ...
·         Jordanian government denies Al-Hillah suicide bombing was perpetrated by a Jordanian citizen ... Qatari security experts begin investigating bomb explosion in Doha which killed a British national
Al-Iraqiyah TV news 20 March 05
·         Political parties agree on national unity government--members of National Assembly; Report covers comments by Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih saying talks with all other parties should start, member of United Iraqi Alliance stressing importance of having one Iraqi army ...
·         Jalal Talabani, candidate to be president, discusses government talks with leader of Kurdistan Democratic Party Mas'ud Barzani ...
·         Member of Transitional National Assembly Fuad Ma'sum says meeting of assembly not legitimate unless speaker is named ...
·         Assembly member, Jawad al-Pulani demands made by Kurds covered by the State Administration Law ...
·         Prime Minister Iyad Allawi congratulates Kurds on Nawruz New Year ...
·         Suicide bombing kills several in Mosul; Terror suspects arrested in city ...
·         Jordan calls back its Baghdad envoy for consultations over Al-Hilla crisis ...
·         Al-Iraqiyah TV surveys Iraqis on war anniversary; report highlights comments; one man pointing to drastic changes in Iraq, another hoping for better future ...
·         Catholics mark Palm Sunday; Report covers church service in Baghdad ...
·         Celebrations marking anniversary of death of Imam Al-Husayn


KURDISH NEWS, 20 MARCH 2005
Talabani slams criticism of Kurdish demands
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader Jalal Talabani has criticized reports that the Kurdish Coalition List's "impossible demands" are an obstacle to the announcement of the new government, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan satellite TV reported on 20 March. In a news conference on 19th following talks with Kurdish Democratic Party leader (KDP) Mas'ud Barzani, Talabani said that given Iraq's history, it was expected that detailed discussions would take place on the formation of a new government. "A ruined state is being re-established here, a new government is being formed all over again - it is a destiny-shaping issue for the Kurds," he said. Talabani added that it was therefore "essential for us to hold detailed discussions with our brothers on how the government will be formed and what programme it will have". He denounced reports that Kurds were demanding more than they deserve saying their requests were not impossible to achieve. "We have only, and only, demanded the implementation of the decisions made by the Iraqi oppositions in London, Salah-al-Din and elsewhere; and the implementation of Article 58 of the interim Iraqi State Administration Law. We have not demanded any further than that, and nothing new or impossible,". (KurdSat TV, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 1400 gmt 20 Mar 05)
Kirkuk law to be implemented one month after new government formed
Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani has said that Article 58 of the interim state law regarding the status of Kirkuk is to be implemented a month after the formation of the government, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan satellite TV reported. The Kurdish List has agreed with the Shi'i List to "implement anything pertaining to this law and to respect the decisions of the opposition in this regard," he said. (KurdSat TV, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 20 Mar 05)
Pershmerga forces to assume different role - Barzani
Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Mas'ud Barzani said on 19 March that the Kurdistan peshmerga forces will remain as Kurdish forces but will assume different duties, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan satellite TV reported the following day. "Previously, the duty of the peshmergas was to topple dictatorship and bring about democracy and federalism ... now, however, their duty is to safeguard this," Barzani said. (KurdSat TV, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 20 Mar 05)
KurdSat TV news 1400 gmt 20 Mar 05
·         KurdSat TV congratulates the nation on the Kurdish New Year, Nawroz, on 21 March ...
·         Kurdish leaders Barzani and Talabani discuss developments in talks with Shi'is ...
·         The Kurdistani Nuwe Newspaper says agreement on new government between Kurds and Shi'is has been reached ...
·         The British ambassador to Baghdad says lucky to be in Sulaymaniyah in Nawroz ...
·         Special report on 1991 Kurdish uprising, and this year's Nawroz in Kirkuk
Kurdistan Satellite TV news 1630 gmt 20 Mar 05
·         Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP, leader Mas'ud Barzani greets the Kurdish people on Nawroz, the Kurdish New Year ...
·         The head of the KDP-led Kurdistan regional government Nechirvan Barzani greets he Kurdish people on Nawroz ...
·         Kurdistan regional government issues amnesty for a number of prisoners on the occasion of Nawroz ...
·         Roundup of recent insurgency attacks in Iraq

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