Thursday, May 19, 2011

URGENT: Al-Iraqiya Coalition says agreement with State of Law to activate Arbil Agreement

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Al-Iraqiya Coalition, led by Iyad Allawi, has reached an agreement with the State of Law Coalition, led by Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to settle their suspended issues, reiterating that the agreement included the activation of the Arbil Agreement and the National Council for Strategic Policies (NCSP), al-Iraqiya Spokesman, Shakir Kattab said on Thursday. “A meeting was held two days ago in the residence of Deputy Prime Minister, Roz Nouri Shawes, attended by al-Iraqiya and the State of Law Coalitions, in which it was agreed to activate the Arbil Agreement and the NCSP,” Kattab told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that “The NCSP would be discussed by the Parliament for voting to appoint Iyad Allawi as its Chairman.” The President of North Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, had announced an initiative on 16/9/2010 to settle the political crisis, including the formation of an 8-12 member committee, representing different political blocs, to begin talks to settle their suspended differences and the discussion of the formation of the government of national-partnership, as well as the issue of the Three Presidencies. “We consider this agreement as a great success and a new beginning for other agreements between both sides,” Kattab said, adding that “al-Iraqiya Coalition is optimistic towards the agreement and does not fear further delays by the State of Law Coalition,” pointing out that “any closer relations and understanding between al-Iraqiya and the State of Law, does not mean the margining or the isolation of the Sadrist Trend or an other active force in the political process.” Differences have taken place between al-Iraqiya and the National Coalition about some of the items of the Arbil Agreement, including the NCSP and the mechanism of selecting its Chairman by the Parliament, with al-Iraqiya demanding its formation and the personality of the man, who would lead it and his authorities. Please any Questions: send to I will get to your questions as soon as possible by personal e-mail, blog post or audio