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November 11, 2001
Erbil and Duhok Football Clubs Post Wins
In the seventh game of the National Elite Club League, the Erbil
Football Club continued its winning streak, Friday, November
2 against the Student Club. Hosted by the Student team at the
Al Sha'ab Stadium, Erbil had an easy 2 - 0 victory this week.
Duhok also won their sixth game, 3 - 2 against Al-Karikh. Both
teams are enjoying excellent starts to the season.
Textile Plant Producing Fabric for Women
The Erbil Textile Factory has been producing hand-woven natural
fabrics since 1991. This year, for the first time, the factory
is weaving fabric especially for women. The Ministry of Industry
and Energy has overall responsibility for the factory that is
managed by General Director, Ass'ad Hassan. Although the equipment
is quite old, it is still producing good quality materials that
are available for sale at the factory showroom. Materials are
available in various colors at reasonable prices (40-45 Dinars
University of Duhok College of Medicine Recognition
The College of Medicine at the University of Duhok received
very good news in September. The General Medical Council (GMC)
of the UK has agreed to recognize the degrees issued by the
university to medical doctors. This means that the graduates
of the school can apply for post-graduate degrees at universities
in the United Kingdom. The University of Salahaddin in Erbil
has been registered with the GMC for a number of years, but
this is the first time that the graduates from the University
of Duhok will enjoy the same privileges.
November 10, 2001
PRESS RELEASE: Defence & Security Forum Gives Dinner
in Honour of Kurdish Prime Minister Find
November 8, 2001
PRESS RELEASE: A Banquet at the House of Lords in Honour
of Kurdish Prime Minister
Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, gave a banquet at the peers dining
room, House of Lords, last night, at 6.30 pm, in honour of KRG-Prime
Minister Mr Nechirvan Barzani, A number of Labour Party peers
and members of Parliament plus diplomats, academics and journalists
attended, In his opening speech, Lord Ahmed gave his impressions
on the development of the KRG administration, and the advances
made to establish a civil, democratic society based on the rule
In his speech Mr Barzani, emphasised the role of International
public opinion, and the support of sympathisers and friends
in helping to maintain, protect and develop the region.
Anne Clwyd, MP, chairman of the Parliamentary human rights
committee, spoke of her long association and support for the
Kurdish cause and her hope for a prosperous, democratic and
The event ended at 9.45 pm when Lord Ahmed presented the visiting
delegation with memorabilia from the House of Lords.
October 27, 2001
The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government Meets
Article on visit
October 26, 2001
PRESS RELEASE: A Delegation of KDP-International Relations
Bureau and KRG Hold Meetings with UN Authorities and Security
Council Members' Missions to the UN in New York. See
October 27, 2001
Erbil and Duhok Football Clubs at Top of Iraqi Elite Clubs League
The Erbil Football Club moved to the top of the Iraqi Elite
Clubs League after a 4-2 win against Mina Football Club on October
24 at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil. Erbil scored in the
first three minutes of play and at 25 minutes were ahead 3 -
0. During the second half Mina came alive and managed two goals
before Erbil scored its fourth goal of the game.
In an exciting play, the Erbil goalkeeper managed to deflect
an almost sure goal in a penalty kick. With the 4-2 win, Erbil
collected 16 points and the first place spot in the League standings.
On the same day, the Duhok Football Club played a home game
against the Rumadi Football Club and won a tight game with a
2 - 1 final score. Duhok now has 16 points as well but due to
goal differences, the team is now in second place in the League.
..October 2001 NEWS BRIEFS...
KRG Minister Meets Belgian Deputy Prime Minister
On October 10, 2001, the Minister of Reconstruction and Development
(MORAD), Nasreen Berwari, accompanied by the Kurdistan Regional
Government (KRG) European Union Representative, Burhan Jaff,
met with the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Labor Minister.
Their Western Europe official and government political advisor
also participated in the meeting. Ms. Berwari gave an overview
of the composition of the KRG and its work as well as the projects
being implemented by NGOs. During the one-hour meeting, opportunities
for development projects were discussed.
Mr. Jaff, talking in detail about the latest political developments
in the region, urged Belgium to participate in the reconstruction
and development of Kurdistan. The Deputy Prime Minister was
pleased to have another opportunity to discuss the situation
in Iraqi Kurdistan following the early summer successful visit
to Brussels by Ms. Berwari. The Belgian official stressed the
need to have deeper relations with the region and expressed
his readiness to visit Kurdistan.
400 Houses for Families Returning from Iran
The Kurdistan Regional Government and the Refugee Settlement
Commission work together to plan for the resettlement of families
returning from Iran. A new project is now underway to construct
400 houses along the Diana-Delzian Road in the Soran District
for families who returned two to three years ago but their villages
are not yet reconstructed. Plans for the project include primary
and secondary schools, health center, roads and water services.
Houses all have a living room, two bedrooms, kitchen and bath
as well as a private yard.
Other projects have been completed previously in the Soran
and Mergasor Districts for the thousands of returnee families
from Iran. Another 740-house project is scheduled to begin soon.
In addition, some families are building their own houses with
the building materials provided to them.
Erbil Tie Duhok Loss
The Erbil Football Club hosted the Samawa Club for the fifth
game of the national Elite League at the Franso Hariri Stadium
on October 24. The game ended in a tie.
Erbil is enjoying an excellent season so far holding their
second place position in the standings behind the Shurta (Police
Force) team. Their last big win was against the Samara Club
on October 19 with a final score of 5 to 2.
On the same day, Duhok lost its match against the Air Force
team 3 to 1 but they also had a win on the 19th against Sia'a.
15 Villages Working to Revive Their Forests
Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation staff is working with
15 villages along the dividing line between the Governorates
of Erbil and Duhok to revive their forests. These villages were
destroyed in the past decades and are now rebuilt. Plans to
reforest the area and plant orchards are being implemented along
with efforts to rebuild the agricultural economy to support
farming and animal husbandry. Some 25,000 square meters have
been earmarked for reforestation to be carried out in several
stages. During the first stage, five or six villages will be
involved. These efforts are designed to help people remain in
or return to their villages by providing assistance to develop
the rural economy.
One of the programs undertaken by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional
Government's Fourth Cabinet has been the improvement and modernization
of the capitol city, Erbil. Several ministries are working on
various projects around the city and noticeable progress has
been made in improving the overall appearance of Erbil.
One ongoing project is the renovation of 100 Meters Street.
The part currently under renovation is a 5 km long stretch between
the Koya and Kirkuk roads. Under the supervision of the Municipality
of Erbil, it is expected that the work will be completed in
about six months. This project will improve the road surface
and sidewalks, build a sewerage pipeline, and replant the median.
The top asphalt layer will be scraped off in preparation for
a new layer that will be applied. The old concrete sidewalk
will be completely removed and redone with brick that is more
attractive and easier to maintain. The sewerage project, now
80 per cent completed, will have around 1500 m of underground
cement pipes. Work has already started on planting trees and
grass in the median
Sports Medical Center
There is no doubt that organized sport has prospered under the
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government. There are now many teams
of all kinds of sports very active in cities and towns in the
region. When athletes were injured in the past, they had to
go to regular hospitals and health centers for treatment. The
Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Dr. Jamal Abdulhameed,
said it was always Franso Hariri's wish to have a health center
that would serve just the needs of athletes. On October 6, 2001,
the Minister opened a new sports health center named in honor
of Franso Hariri. It is a unique center in Kurdistan, which
will specialize in the treatment of athletes. The Ministry will
provide all the necessary equipment and supplies for the center
and staff it with specialists. The new Franso Hariri sports
medicine clinic is located within the Franso Hariri Stadium
Neurosurgery in Iraqi Kurdistan
Until recently patients had to go to Mosul or Baghdad if they
required brain surgery because there was no specialist in this
field in Kurdistan. Recently, Dr. Walat Ibrahim Yasin, a neurologist,
has been performing brain surgery at the Komari Jamhur Hospital
in Erbil. He performed nine operations over three weeks, the
latest for a 25-day old infant with a swollen brain.
Dasinya Bridge in Duhok
One of the biggest problems for traffic in Duhok is the shortage
of bridges in the city. Of the three existing bridges (Kawa,
Birayati and Gal), the Birayati and Gal are under renovation.
A fourth bridge, the Dasinya, started construction on May 1,
2000, and is nearly complete with just the last layer of asphalt
to add before it can officially open. The bridge is 24 m wide
by 44 m long and has sidewalks for pedestrians. It was funded
under SCR-986 at a cost of US $262,000.
Erbil Wins Duhok Ties
On October 1, the much-anticipated game between the Erbil and
Al-Zawra clubs took place at the Franso Hariri Stadium. Erbil
won 3-0 marking the first time in 30 years that the team beat
Al-Zawra. Al-Zawra is one of the best teams among the top Iraqi
soccer clubs as well as among the Asian and Arab soccer leagues.
Many of the Iraqi national team players have come from this
club. Their coach is considered the best in Iraq and led the
Iraqi youth team to the world finals. He is currently coaching
the national team for the World Cup qualification games.
On the same date, Duhok played the Air Force team, another
top team in Iraq, and played to a draw. A tie game against such
a good team is a major accomplishment for the Duhok team. Air
Force players are now on teams in Lebanon, Qatar, UAE, as well
as the Iraqi national team.
The Erbil and Duhok teams are playing in the Iraqi Elite Clubs
league. In the third week of the season, Erbil is in second
place and Duhok in fifth.
Reviving Tourism in Iraqi Kurdistan
In an effort to revive tourism in Kurdistan, the General Directorate
of Tourism has renovated many hotels and tourist sites in the
region. Sarkawt Rawanduzi, head of the Tourism Committee, said,
"Kurdistan is a natural tourist area, but successive governments
have not paid enough attention to this sector." He said
that the KRG has now started a program to renovate old tourist
sites and to develop new modern sites. The Committee has hired
many experts in the field of tourism and is working on a renovation
program. One of the projects is the creation of a tourist village
in Shaqlawa with forty modern cabinets, restaurants, casinos,
and parks. According to Rawanduzi, the old Sheraton Hotel in
Erbil is due to be renovated soon as a part of the program.
The private sector is also involved in the renovation and development
of tourism in the area with many Kurds from abroad actively
investing in projects.
September 20, 2001
Speech of President Barzani to Kurdistan National Assembly
Kurdish leader condemns attacks on USA, vows to combat fundamentalists.
July 9, 2001
Mustafa Barzani Graduate Peace Fellowship
The Center for Global Peace at American University in Washington,
DC is now accepting applications for the Mustafa Barzani Graduate
Peace Fellowship. See more
June 4, 2001
KRG Delegation visit to the EU
From 5 7 June 2001, A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation
headed by H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister will meet and
discuss with Belgium and Netherlands governments issues pertaining
to the present status and future of the Iraqi-Kurdistan following
10 years de facto existence. See
June 4, 2001
Kurdistan Communist Party Praises Elections
The Politburo of the Kurdistan Communist Party expressed "satisfaction
with the organization and running of the recent municipal elections"
and extended congratulations to the winners. They view the elections
as a "positive experience and a step forward in the efforts
to create a democratic system in the region." See
June 3, 2001
Election Observation Report
A report on the municipal elections in Iraqi Kurdistan Region
for Erbil and Duhok Governorates. See
Municipalities in Erbil Governorate
Municipalities in Duhok Governorate
June 3, 2001
Statement of the Higher Commission for Municipal Elections
Comments on the results of the Municipal Elections conducted
in Iraqi Kurdistan on 26 May, 2001. See
June 3, 2001
Election Results Are In
In Erbil and Duhok Governorates, 79 percent of all eligible
voters answered the call to choose from more than 1,000 candidates
that stood for election either representing one of the 15 political
parties that participated in the elections or as independents.
June 3, 2001
Municipal Elections Held In Iraqi Kurdistan
As called for by the Kurdistan Regional Government, municipal
elections were held on May 26, 2001, in 86 communities located
in communities with more than 3,000 citizens in the Governorates
of Duhok and Erbil. Read
May 15, 2001
KNA Appointed Committee Holds Meetings on Migration
At the request of Masoud Barzani, President of the KDP, the
Kurdistan National Assembly formed a temporary committee for
the purpose of making a thorough study of the migration issue.
May 12, 2001
KNA to Study Women's Committee Recommendations
On May 10, 2001, the Committee for the Protection of Women’s
Rights made a presentation to the Members of the Kurdistan National
Assembly about changes or amendments to legislation that are
needed to improve women’s rights in Iraqi Kurdistan. Read
April 7, 2001
Conference on Kirkuk
From April 3 – 5, 2001, an academic conference was held in Erbil
to discuss the situation in Kirkuk. Read
KRG on Deportation: an official statement from the Deputy
Prime Minister. See statement
On February 2, 2001, The Mustafa Barzani Scholar in Residence
for Global Kurdish Studies, in conjunction with American University's
Center for Global Peace held a Capitol Hill Briefing entitled
"BEYOND THE BOX: PROSPECTS FOR A POST-SADDAM IRAQ." Dr.
Shafiq Qazzaz, Minister for Humanitarian Aid and Cooperation
was one of the speakers. Following is his presentation.
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