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Cablegate: Iraqi Kurdistan Region Media Summary--

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SUBJECT: IRAQI KURDISTAN REGION MEDIA SUMMARY--
MARCH 5, 2007


1. (U) This is a Regional Reconstruction Team (RRT) cable.

US Military Apologizes to Families of Fallen Peshmerga
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2. (U) The major Kurdish media covered a meeting between US Army
representative Colonel Smith and Kurdish representatives Mustafa
Chawrash (PUK Leadership) and Mahmoud Singari (representative of
Jalal Talabani) to apologize for the deaths of 8 Peshmerga who were
killed in a friendly fire incident outside of Mosul last month.
Colonel Smith promised that compensation payments would be made to
the families of the fallen Peshmerga.

Ministry of Social Affairs Delivers Assistance to Poor Families
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3. (U) The PUK-run Kurdistani Nwe newspaper covered a report by the
General Social Monitoring Office of the KRG Ministry of Social
Affairs which states that 12,699 poor families in the Kurdistan
Region are currently receiving social assistance payments from KRG.
The Ministry is sponsoring 118 orphan children who have no family to
live with.

Commentaries:
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4. (U) KDP-run Khabat newspaper covered discussion by Iraqi
National Assembly of the Article 140 process on Al Arabia TV's
program From Iraq. Hasan Al Shimmari (Al Shi'a bloc), discussed the
Iraqi constitution, describing federal systems as the most
successful political system in the world. Al Shimmari continued,
"according to Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, the referendum
should be implemented next summer." In the same show Hamid Majid
Musa, the head of Iraqi Communist Party from Al-Iraqia bloc, said
"the Communist party has been calling for a federal system for Iraq
for 17 years."

5. (U) This media summary is prepared by Public Diplomacy Assistant
Tawar Rasheed.

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