Mübarek Ramazan Bayramınızı yürekten Kutlar Tüm islam alemine ve Türk Türkmen milletine hayırlı olmasını dileriz
Tags: Francis Ricciardone, PKK in Syria
- Published:15 Ağustos 2012, Çarşamba
- “In trying to save himself, Assad is playing a bad game against Turkey,” states Ricciardone, who inferred that the weapons entering Syria have made their way to the PKK.
The U.S. Ambassador to Ankara, Francis Ricciardone announced that the U.S. and Turkey are working on ‘Precautionary Plans” in connection to Syria‘s future. Stating that they have not reached a decision on setting up a “buffer zone or a no-fly zone,” Ricciardone emphasizes “the military option should be the last choice”.
Meeting with Ankara correspondents, U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone delivered the following messages:
Tags: Nepotism in Iraq's Kurdistan Region
Two families in Iraqi Kurdistan seem to reserve all the top political jobs for relatives. Recently the ‘crown princes’ both got new, high level jobs. The question: is this a democracy or a monarchy?
A month ago, the President of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan appointed his son to head a newly formed Security Council for the region.
The new Iraqi Kurdish Security Council takes responsibility for internal security and for the local military and intelligence services in the region, which has its own government, legislature and economy, independent of the rest of Iraq. And because all of the various security apparatuses in Iraqi Kurdistan are represented on this new body, decisions regarding military matters in the area can be made swiftly – which makes the job of heading it an important one.
So when President Massoud al-Barzani appointed his son, Masrour, to head the Council, local observers quickly pointed out that this seemed to be yet another indication of al-Barzani’s intention to continue to dominate politics in the area, by continuing to appoint family members in high places.
Tags: Devlet Bahçeli
BAGHDAD DENIES VISA TO MHP LEADER FOR KIRKUK VISIT
The Iraqi central government has refused to issue a visa to Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli for his scheduled visit to Kirkuk.
Mr. Bahçeli was planning to celebrate the Ramadan Festival with the Turkmens living in the region.
For the visit, MHP officials applied for a visa to the central Iraqi government after they had planned the Bahçeli travel.
However, the Iraqi government approached the demand of Bahçeli negatively and has denied to issue a visa for his travel to Mousul and Kirkuk
.Previously, Turkey had issued a diplomatic note to Baghdad and Irbil to request the administrations provide the leader’s safety during his visit.
Devlet Bahçeli is expected to make a statement regarding the development.
Tags: Bahçeli visit to Kirkuk, Develet Bahçeli
Nationalist Leader Expects Visa for Kirkuk Visit
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli is planning to pay a visit to Iraq’s ethnically mixed and oil-rich city of Kirkuk and meet with Iraqi Turkmens during the Şeker Bayram holiday. The nationalist leader is still awaiting an answer about his visa application from the Iraqi Embassy.
Bahçeli, who opposes the term “Kurdistan,” will follow a relatively risky route to get to Kirkuk in order to avoid a possible “Kurdistan” stamp in his passport. Bahçeli will first fly to Iraq’s Mosul, which is controlled by the central government, and then travel to Kirkuk via Mahmour instead of flying to Kurdistan Regional Government-controlled Arbil and getting to Kirkuk in a shorter way.
MHP deputy chair Tuğrul Türkeş told the Hürriyet Daily News that they had applied to the Iraqi Embassy in Ankara for a visa and their detailed schedule will be set after the official formalities are completed. “As far as I know, there’s no need for any other permission to take other than visa procedures. Our chairman Devlet Bahçeli had previously met with our Baghdad Ambassador over the issue. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has been also informed,” Türkeş said. Bahçeli and the MHP delegation will arrive in Mousul on Aug. 18, on the eve of the bayram, and travel to Kirkuk via a land route, an official from Turkey’s Mosul consulate told the Daily News.
It’s uncertain whether the MHP delegation will stay in Mosul or not. MHP’s Kirkuk visit will last until Aug. 21. Bahçeli is planning to perform his bayram prayer in Kirkuk’s historical Nur El-Kebr Mosque. Türkeş criticized Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu over his Aug. 2 visit to Kirkuk, implying that Bahçeli’s visit plans had triggered the minister’s surprise visit.
Recalling that Bahçeli announced his plan to visit Kirkuk earlier in June, Türkeş said that Davutoğlu hastily flew to Kirkuk after Bahçeli revealed his visit plan. “Mr. Davutoğlu had never gone to Kirkuk till that day. However, after Bahçeli announced our [prospective] visit, he hastily went to Kirkuk” Türkeş said.
Tags: Iraqi politics, ORSAM report
|Change in Iraqi Politics: From Ethnic-Sectarian Lines to Centralization Question|
|Assos. Prof. Serhat Erkmen Middle East Advisor of ORSAM, Ahi Evran University|
|A process of silent and deep political change has been experienced since the general elections, which was held in Iraq on March 07, 2010. This process has been defined as a change in the structure of political order after the invasion of Iraq. As a result of the analysis of political dynamics which were introduced before in the study entitled “2010 Parliamentary Elections and Political Life in Iraq after the Occupation”, it has been alleged that the politics in Iraq has been rebuilt in accordance with ethnic and religious lines after the invasion of the country and the political alliances have been reshaped over these lines. However, in this article, it will be asserted that the phenomenon of shaping the politics of Iraq in accordance with ethnic and religious lines has experienced a great change as a consequence of the developments that took place in the last two years. In order to support this assumption, basic political developments which were seen in Iraq after the last election will be focused on and the contents of this change will be underlined.According to the author, there are two main reasons that explain the change in the political balances and policy making in Iraq. The first reason is that the United States have started to lose gradually their role both in military and political aspects in Iraq after 2010. Decrease in military power of the US in Iraq in a way that cannot be compared with previous years (even though all the combat troops have retreated, it will not be considered as a complete withdrawal since there are still American troops in Iraq under the name of military advisors) has created great impacts both in the fields of security and the fields of policy and this phenomenon has enlarged the maneuver room of the Iraqi political parties.|
Tags: Soner Cagaptay
Why Secretary Clinton Is Going to Istanbul
CNN Global Public Square
August 10, 2012
Clinton’s trip may be a way of conveying U.S. determination to prevent the Syria crisis from sucking the region into disaster.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Turkey on Saturday is loaded with symbolism — and she will have a packed agenda.
But first, there’s the setting to consider. Even though Clinton is visiting Turkey for official business, she is scheduled to bypass Ankara, the country’s capital, and will instead hold meetings in Istanbul, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire and the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) preferred choice for international meetings.
Anyone with any doubts over whether Turkey had been transformed under the AKP in the past decade should now be able to lay them to rest: Turkey has all but abandoned its secularist nation-state ethos, for which Ankara has served as a symbol, and embraced its pre-Kemalist Ottoman heritage, centered in Istanbul.
Tags: Iftar Brussels 2012
السفارة العراقية في بروكسل تقيم مأدبة إفطاررمضانية للجالية العراقية المقيمة في بلجيكا
بمناسبة شهر رمضان المبارك أقامت السفارة العراقية في بروكسل مأدبة إفطار كبرى وأحيت أمسية رمضانية شيقة تكريما للجالية العراقية المقيمة في بلجيكا و لممثليها ودعت إليها ممثلي الأحزاب السياسية العراقية و المنظمات الإنسانية المعتمدة في بروكسل والناشطة على المستويين الأوربي و البلجيكي كون بروكسل عاصمة الاتحاد الأوربي إضافة إلى كونها عاصمة بلجيكا وذلك مساء يوم الجمعة المصادف 10 آب 2012
أقيمت المأدبة في إحدى الفنادق الكبيرة في بروكسل و حضرها ممثلي الأحزاب السياسية العراقية وممثلي المنظمات المعتمدة في بروكسل مع عدد كبير من العوائل العراقية المقيمة في بلجيكا حيث كان سعادة سفير العراق في بلجيكا السيد محمد الحميميدي والسيدة عقيلته في استقبال المدعوين
بعد وصول المدعوين إلى الفندق و قبل ساعة الإفطار ألقى سعادة السفير السيد محمد الحميميدي كلمة في المناسبة شكر فيها الحضور و الضيوف المدعوين باسمه و نيابة عن فخامة رئيس الجمهورية ودولة رئيس الوزراء و معالي وزير الخارجية لجمهورية العراق معبرا عن سروره وسعادته البالغتين بالتواصل و اللقاء مع ممثلي الجالية العراقية في بلجيكا على مأدبة إفطار في أمسية رمضانية بعيدا عن الأهل و الأقارب في العراق و حث الحضور على الاستمرار في التواصل معه و مع السفارة العراقية في بروكسل كونه أخا و صديقا لكل العراقيين و لكون السفارة في بروكسل بيتا لهم جميعا دون تمييز أو تفريق
وفي ختام كلمته ناشد سعادته العراقيين وممثليهم وحثهم أن يكونوا متعاونين بينهم ومتسامحين مع بعضهم وأن يبقوا بعيدين عن التعصب و التطرف كي يرفعوا سمعة العراق عاليا و لكي يعطوا صورة جميلة وحقيقية عن قيم الشعب العراقي الأصيل صاحب الحضارات العريقة و القيم الإنسانية المثلى
كانت ألامسيه ناجحة وجرت في جو هادئ وجميل وكانت فرصه لتبادل وجهات النظر و مناقشة آخر التطورات السياسية في العراق وبالأخص أسباب ونتائج زيارة السيد احمد داوود أغلو وزير الخارجية لجمهورية تركيا الصديقة إلى كركوك حيث أجاب الدكتور حسن آيدنلي ممثل الجبهة التركمانية العراقية لدى الاتحاد الأوربي إلى العديد من الأسئلة حول هذه الزيارة وقدم شرحا مفصلا عن الوضع السياسي و الأمني للتركمان في كركوك خاصة وفي العراق عامة وذلك منذ تأسيس الدولة العراقية في 1921 إلى يومنا هذا وطمئن بعض القلقين من أسباب و نتائج هذه الزيارة إلى كركوك مؤكدا بأنها كانت زيارة ودية لأهالي كركوك للتعرف على أوضاعهم المعاشية ميدانيا ومد يد العون من اجل تطوير المحافظة و المدينة وتحسين نوعية وكمية الخدمات لساكنيها الذين عانوا الكثير من فقدان الأمن وقلة الخدمات منذ احتلال كركوك في 10 نيسان 2003
وفي الختام قدم الدكتور حسن آيدنلي ممثل الجبهة التركمانية العراقية لدى الاتحاد الأوربي الشكر إلى السفير العراقي السيد محمد الحميميدي لدعوته له شخصيا و الجالية التركمانية إلى المأدبة في بروكسل
ممثلية الجبهة التركمانية العراقية لدى الاتحاد الأوربي
Tags: Foreign oil companies in Iraq, Genel Enerji, Iraqi Oil
The northern Iraqi oil fields have proven their potential, while the slow action in southern Iraq is pushing energy firms toward the north, according to Mehmet Sepil (inset) of Ankara-based Genel Energy. Hürriyet photos
Iraq ‘lost fight against Arbil’
ISTANBUL – Anatolia News Agency
The central government in Baghdad has lost its energy fight against the regional administration in Arbil, says Mehmet Sepil, the chief executive of Genel Energy, which is active in the lucrative northern Iraqi oil fields
The central Iraqi government in Baghdad has lost its energy struggle against the rapidly developing Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which controls the autonomous north, according to Mehmet Sepil, the chief executive of Genel Energy, one of the most influential companies operating there.
The lingering problems between Baghdad and Arbil over opening the northern oil and gas fields to international companies has been solved “de facto,” Sepil told Anatolia news agency in an interview.
“Baghdad has lost its oil and natural gas fight against northern Iraq,” Sepil said. “Let’s take a look at companies operating there currently: Exxon, Chevron, Total and Gazprom. These are some of the largest oil companies in the world. What’s more, Exxon, Total and Gazprom are also working in Baghdad [oilfields]. Baghdad says it will put those who operate in northern Iraq on a blacklist, but the largest companies in the world are working there. This issue is over. In addition, Baghdad operates too slowly, so the oil companies are escaping from there and moving to the north. The energy fight is over today. The important question is when Baghdad will admit this.”
Ankara-based Genel recently bought 21 percent of U.S.-based Hawler Energy’s share in the Bina Bawi field, raising its share there to 44 percent, Sepil saidd.
“The region will see a large consolidation. The number of [oil]companies in northern Iraq, which is between 40 and 50 today, will fall to between 10 and 15 in two or three years,” Sepil said, adding that the region has already proved its potential. What is happening in northern Iraq is typical, according to Sepil. “First the small companies penetrate, they find the oil, and sell [the field] after benefiting from it. Now this is the process taking place in northern Iraq.”
Genel to transport Kurdish gas and oil to Turkey
The company’s goal is to bring Kurdish gas and oil to Turkey. Sepil estimates that northern Iraq’s oil production will be at 1 million barrels per day by 2015. “Turkey may be able to buy twice what it currently needs from northern Iraq soon. It may also buy some 10-15 billion cubic meters of natural gas from there.”
Turkey’s natural gas demand has increased by some 2 million cubic meters annually due to rapid growth. The only way for Turkey to cut costs will be to diversify its current supplies from Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.
Genel Energy was formed by the merger of Vallares and Genel Energy International in November 2011. Vallares was a fund founded by former BP CEO Hayward, British financier Nat Rothschild, banker Julian Metherell and investment manager Tom Daniel. Genel Energy International was owned by Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, a Turkish tycoon. The merged company trades on the London Stock Exchange.
After the merger, Genel had capital worth $3 billion, Sepil said, noting that the company is determined to take its place in the consolidation in northern Iraq with its current potential of $1.4 billion. The company’s investment plans also include Africa. Genel is the largest producer in northern Iraq currently, Sepil said.
The Bina Bawi field has great potential, as does the Taq Taq field, where Genel is also active, Sepil said. “Currently OVM runs operations there, but with the acquisition we became the holder of the majority shares. Bina Bawi’s potential is equivalent to half a billion barrels, we believe. The capacity might even be higher.”
The company is also willing to take part in other regional projects, as it is already working a shorter-term project to take Taq Taq oil to the Kirkuk-Ceyhan line, the major pipe between Iraq and Turkey.
Tags: Gök Kümbet, Kirkuk citadel, Kirkuk Kala'a, Yeşıl Kümbet
Gök (blue) Mausoleum is situated in Kerkuk Citadel (Kerkük Kala’a)
Note: it is also known as Yeşıl (green) Kümbet
Turkmen symbol will be added to the new Iraqi currency
At the request of Deputy Hasan Özmen Albayati the Iraqi Central Bank administrative council agreed to add a Turkmen symbol on one of the new notes that will be issued next year.
After meeting with Turkmen historians they agreed to nominate Khatoon Baghdi known as Gök Kumbet (blue dome) that is situated in Kirkuk Citadel (Kerkük Kala’a).
About Gök Kumbet :
Excerpt from Prof. Suphi Saatçi’s book :
THE URBAN FABRIC and TRADITIONAL HOUSES OF KIRKUK
published by Kerkük Vakfı
This building used to abut the courtyard wall of the Kemalzâdeler Mansion. The inscription on the mausoleum, which is conceived as a square planned space enclosed within an octagonal shell, bears the date 762 H. (1361 G.)
This important monument dating from the Celâyirli period depicts the plain but extremely fine workmanship masons achieved at that time. The building, the most significant feature of which is perhaps the decorated brick panels on its ornate façade, underwent intrusive repairs in 1980.
During my visit to Kirkuk in May 2003, I observed that the houses around the Yeşıl Kümbet had been demolished; the mausoleum, which now had become a freestanding structure, was then surrounded by arcades. Thus it had come to resemble a köşk mescidi ( a freestanding prayer chamber) that typically occupies the center of Seljuk caravanserai courtyards in Anatolia.
During my visit to Kirkuk in May 2003, I observed another peculiarity during my visit. Typically, in such mausolea, an aboveground sarcophagus marks the location of the real tomb, which is usually in a burial chamber below ground. in the Yeşıl Kümbet, however, the flight of stairs which take one to the level of the sarcophagus (roughly half a floor above ground) were missing. Hence, the sarcophagus was inaccessible, instead, the underground burial chamber was kept open for visitors to descend into. Another observation made during the visit was that the material used during the reapir work, including the tiles, was of poor quality and that there were already cracks in the walls.