Friday 28 October 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief

PUK’s Bakhtiar: Massoud Barzani can resolve issues in Iraqi Kurdistan

Erbil: Massoud Barzani is able to resolve issues in the Kurdistan Region and Kurdish areas of Turkey, Iran and Syria, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said on Thursday. Speaking at the 2016 MERI Forum in Erbil, the head of the PUK Politburo, Mala Bakhtiar, said one of the main causes of issues facing the region is related to the August 19, 2015 meeting of parliament when a meeting was held for a vote on amending the presidency law. “The five major political parties along with representatives from the U.S. and the U.N. were in a meeting until the morning and they called on the parliament speaker to not hold parliament’s meeting but he did not listen and this is the result,” Bakhtiar said. “The political parties have made a big issue but Barzani can tackle the issues of the Kurdistan Region and other parts of [Greater] Kurdistan,” Bakhtiar said.

Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran exchange prisoners

Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iran have concluded the legal process of swapping 28 prisoners of both nationalities in the coming days, said a Kurdish official. “KRG’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has previously signed an MoU with the Iranian government that allowed the two sides to exchange prisoners if they are not arrested on charges related to national security,” said Minister Mohammed Hasnani. He revealed that the new group of prisoners include 26 Iranian nationals whom were placed behind the bars on drug-dealing charges. “Two Kurdish prisoners in Iran are yet to be ready for arriving back in Kurdistan Region,” the minister told BasNews. KRG and Iran previously exchanged 96 prisoners from both nationalities as part of their agreement to extradite each others’ citizens after they faced trial in the guest country.

Massoud Barzani says Kurdish forces will not enter Mosul

Erbil: Massoud Barzani said Peshmerga forces would not enter the Mosul in the effort to recapture the city from Islamic State (IS) and described the recent IS attack on Kirkuk as an act of desperation. Speaking at a news conference in Zartac Mountain on Thursday, near Nineveh, Barzani said: “The Peshmerga will not enter the city of Mosul. What Daesh [ISIS] did in Kirkuk was only to cover for its failures and defeat in this battle. We were able to control the situation quickly and kill the terrorists.” Reuters

Hedi, famous Kurdish poet, died in Erbil

Erbil: Khalid Hisami, a well-known Kurdish poet with a history of struggling for the rights of Kurds, died on Tuesday at the age of 89 in Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. Hedi, his pen name, started writing poems at a very young age and published most of his words during the Republic of Kurdistan in Mahabad back in 1946. His poetry was famous for the charm of words and glamour of ideas. Years later, Hedi moves to the Iraqi Kurdistan to take an active part in the Kurdish revolutionary movements led by the Kurdish nationalist leader Mustafa Barzani. During all these times, he was a close friend of other famous Kurdish poets such as Hemin and Hazhar, whom were also from the Iranian Kurdistan. Hedi died on October 27th after he suffered from a heart disease for years.


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