ReVbo: Here's your seven point agreement. I could be wrong, but by my understanding, items 2-7 deal with Article 140 and Item 1 deals with HCL. It seems, to me, 140 is done, with HCL being put to a committee. I would like to have seen HCL finalized, as well, but if it's good enough for the Barzani's to get their people back to Parliament and CoM, I'd say today was a pretty darn good day. Thanks to BlueEyesInLevis for the link.
Barzani: Our agreement with Baghdad was not at the expense of any party Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani held President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Wednesday 1/5/2013, press conference,
during which the results of the visit by the delegation of the Government of Kurdistan to Baghdad, and the agreement between Kurdistan and Baghdad, confirming that the meetings held and the agreement was not to the detriment of any party, explaining: we link us hawartna b 3 key principles (alignment, balance and partnership), the principles of the new Iraq.
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The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government that this agreement is a good start to address the problems, but this does not mean that all problems will be solved overnight, saying that unity between political attitude and Kurdistan.
Nechirvan Barzani stressed that the agreement between Kurdistan and the Federal Government has been concluded under any pressure or external threats, adding: that Al-Maliki was not obliged to conclude an agreement with the Kurdistan governorates under pressure, because if we look at in terms of strengths and weaknesses of meetings and agreements in Iraq, we can handle any problem.
On the orientation of the peshmerga forces into Kirkuk, said nechirvan Barzani: the peshmerga came lhaft the security of citizens in that region with all her creator and spectrum without discrimination.
The following points were agreed between the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation headed by nechirvan Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, who visited Baghdad recently, Federal Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki:
1. set up a joint Commission to resolve the oil and gas law based on the previous agreement signed in February 2007 between the two sides.
2. amend the budget for the year 2013.
3. addressing the problems of the Tigris, Ninewa Operations leaders and the island, which will manage the security file in the disputed areas by region and Baghdad.
4. the sides to ratify the draft law the administrative boundary for cities and regions that have been changed in the time of the former regime within the policies of Arabization and ethnic and sectarian conditions sabotage, this project presented by His Excellency President Jalal Talabani to the House.
5. File Manager visas and airport jointly between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government.
6. the Federal Government to compensate victims of the Anfal and chemical uprising and deported Kurds who fled to neighboring countries.
7. to promote cooperation and exchange of information will be the appointment of a representative of the Kurdistan region in Iraq and a representative of the Federal Government in the Kurdistan region.
I found this from a couple weeks ago, which is very telling about the Kurds coming back to CoM and Parliament. Just more confirmation that they got what they wanted or they wouldn't be coming back.
Kurds will not return to Parliament and Government unless demands achieved, Kurdish Bloc
Erbil: The Kurdish Alliance presumed that the talks with the National Alliance will be resumed, but did not expect the return to the Parliament and government before "gaining the fruits of these talks". Kurdish Alliance MP Mhama Khalil announced that his bloc will continue boycotting the Parliament and government till all promised matters by the National Alliance and Premier Nouri al-Maliki are fulfilled, particularly the governmental balance, implementation of the constitution and Erbil agreement.
In a statement to al-Hayat daily, he added that a new round of talk will commence following the provincial elections. The Kurdish negotiation delegation with Baghdad met Kurdish president Massoud Barzani and informed him on the talks held in Baghdad.
He added that two committees were formed, the first for military issues and the second on financial matters, particularly the differences on 2013 budget and payment of foreign oil companies working in the Kurdish region. aswataliraq.info