Kirkuk to participate in Cities in Transition conference in Ireland (Rudaw)

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A meeting of Kirkuk’s provincial council. Photo by Ayub Nuri.

Kirkuk to participate in Cities in Transition conference in Ireland
Wladimir Van Wilgenburg (Rudaw)
24 May 2011

SULAIMANI, Iraqi Kurdistan — The Forum for Cities in Transition will hold its third annual conference at the Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland from Monday-Thursday, 23-26 May 2011. Nine delegates from Kirkuk will participate in the conference.

“All these meetings are very useful,” Hasan Turan, chairman of Kirkuk’s Provincial Council told Rudaw. “We hope to make the next conference in Kirkuk next year.”

Turan himself has participated in the conference in the past.

The Kirkuk Provincial Council delegation consists of Abdullah Sami Assi, Dilshad P. Aziz, Bahauldden Saeed, Ibrahim Khalil Rasheed, Rizgar Ali Hama-Jan, Sweetlen Isttifan Yousif, Mohammed Amin, Mohammed Kudur Kharab, Tahseen Mohammed Ali Kahyah and Galawezh Abduljabbar Mahed. The council chairman, Hassan Torhan had to cancel his participation due to the bombings that occurred in Kirkuk last week in which at least 27 people were killed and around a hundred wounded when a bomb hidden in a car went off in a parking lot outside the city’s main police station.

It is written on the website of the forum that members of the forum chose Derry-Londonderry to host this year’s conference because of their desire to learn from the city’s experiences of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Local members in the Derry-Londonderry Forum will showcase the achievements of their own city and offer assistance to other cities’ efforts to build lasting peace.

The Forum brings together citizens from cities divided by conflict. The main goal is encouraging mutual learning, dialogue and the resolution of conflict through non-violent methods.

Participant cities in this year’s forum are Beirut, Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kaduna, Kirkuk, Mitrovica, Mitte, Mostar, Nicosia and Rammalah.

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