Kurdistan: Baghdad paid dues and oil companies objected to the export of Kurdistan
02-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Mohammad Sabah
Expressed the Kurdistan Alliance, on Sunday, was surprised at the opposition made by the federal government for the export of oil from the Kurdistan region, revealing a tacit agreement between the province and Baghdad, it confirmed that the last has to pay 60% of the dues of foreign companies amounting to 4.3 trillion dinars, saying that it " evidence "of acceptance of the export of oil.
To that, the Alliance for a planned visit will be conducted by the President of the Government of the region to Baghdad in order to solve this "intractable crisis," according to the Constitution and the law.
The Kurdistan region seeks to launch a new line of production for the export of oil through the Turkish territory, but the two sides have not yet to reach a final agreement on this matter, despite the recent visit of the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government to Ankara. In response, stressed Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani that "the Constitution is clear in that it is not permissible for any region or province to act what is the wealth of all Iraqis."
In this context, says Shwan Mohammed Taha, a member of the Kurdistan Alliance, in a statement to the "long" yesterday, said that "the accusations leveled by some of the Kurdistan region of Iraq on the export of oil and extending an oil pipeline to Turkey campaigning early," revealing "the existence of agreements between Baghdad and Erbil organized mechanism for the export of oil. "
Taha said "the Kurdistan Regional Government to deal with the export of oil in accordance with the constitutional and legal mechanisms to allow him to export oil as well as the ministries of the Federal Oil and natural resources in Erbil agreed a year ago on the export of oil to the region of 250 thousand barrels per day."
He said a member of the Kurdistan Alliance, saying that "there is a desire by the federal government to increase the amount of oil exports to more than this amount," but he also said, "but what he says some of the deputies, who were demanding in the last year off the budget of the Kurdistan region of 17%, are themselves direct statements against the region. "
He said Taha that "the federal government paid 60% of the dues of oil companies operating in Kurdistan," adding that "this explicit recognition by the federal government health contracts signed by the Erbil with international oil companies and the production and export of oil," and wondered, saying, "Why do we come out of the period and some other MPs and officials statements condemning the region to export oil? ".
He Xuan Taha said that "all oil revenues issued by the Kurdistan region dating back to the federal treasury," he said, adding that "some want through these statements return us back to the laws of the previous governments, forgetting that we are in a new political process was better for their enactment of the oil and gas forsaken in the drawers of the government. "
He noted a member of the Kurdistan Alliance that "all the sub-committees formed between the national and Kurdish coalitions have not been activated due to the lack of a genuine desire for patriotic resolve all outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad," he added, "when stopped Kurdistan region oil pumping accused us that we may we cause harm to the budget of Iraq and insisted We re-export of oil and today we are objecting to the export of oil, "adding that this" contradiction in the arguments of those responsible. "
For its part, saw Najiba Najib, a member of the Finance Committee for the Kurdistan Alliance, that "the Kurdistan Regional exercise their natural right to export oil produced because the constitution gives the right to the regions of oil production and exports and re-finance its revenues for the Treasury and the Federal Territory this is what he does."
It showed Najib, in an interview for the "long yesterday, that" the federal government commitment to implement the constitution, which will help to build a strong and developed dramatically, "pointing out that" the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government will pay a visit to Baghdad to resolve this crisis, according to the Constitution and the law. "
She said a member of the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives that "the amount of money demanded by the oil companies operating in Kurdistan is 4.3 trillion Iraqi dinars since 2008 and in 2012."
Government Basra: Maliki's visit has no coordination with us
02-12-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Basra - Ahmed Waheed
Monday, December 2, 2013
Preparing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to visit Iran this weekend to discuss «issues of the region» and relations between the two countries, according to a statement from Maliki's office. The statement added that the visit also aims to «offer congratulations receipt Iranian President Hassan Rohani office».
The “joint plan of action” agreed on by six world powers and Iran on Nov. 24 is in a short time proving to be a catalyst for a regional trend toward diplomacy and realism.
The mood is already shifting in the Gulf, where there had been resistance if not downright opposition at times to the negotiations with Iran. UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Tehran this week for meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, while the Kingdom of Bahrain invited Zarif to participate in the Manama Dialogue Regional Security Summit, organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, to be held Dec. 6-8, as reported by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor.
In perhaps the most substantial shift, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia released a statement on Nov. 25 welcoming the joint plan of action, saying, “Saudi Arabia views the agreement as a primary step toward a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue provided it leads to a Middle East and Gulf region free of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.”
In Israel, despite a skeptical public and statements of alarm by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there is also awareness among national security leaders that the deal with Iran may have its advantages, and that Israel is poorly served by putting itself at odds with the international coalition that forced Iran to negotiations.
Akiva Eldar captured the broader context of the Iran deal for Israel, writing, “The agreement with Iran was signed a short time after the agreement between the United States and Russia that brought about the removal of chemical weapons from Syria. Thus a much more concrete and immediate threat than the Iranian one was removed from the borders of Israel. The decision of the powers to wave a stick instead of landing a blow on the Iranian protectorate in Damascus should have signaled to Netanyahu that this would also be the route they chose to take in the talks with Tehran. It stands to reason that Iran will now be invited to contribute to a renewed effort to end the cruel civil war in Syria. We are witness to the beginning of Iran’s emergence from the international solitary confinement it entered following the revolution in 1979.”
Ben Caspit reports from Jerusalem, “There’s no panic at all among Israel’s professional military echelons. Nobody talks about a catastrophe or an imminent second Holocaust. People discuss the merits of the agreement with levelheadedness and discretion. After all, doomsday prophecies are not their thing. For this, we have Netanyahu.”
Dan Meridor, a member of the Likud Party and former deputy prime minister and minister of intelligence and atomic energy under Netanyahu, told Al-Monitor’s Mazal Mualem this week, “It’s a mistake to pick a fight with partners when we’re in the midst of a campaign against Iran, in which the Americans have the main role. Embarking on an offensive of attacks, criticism and scorekeeping harms the common struggle of large parts of the world, the United States, Europe and the Arab countries. The disputes do not help the struggle, but just give the Iranians a reason to gloat. Nothing is achieved by public disputes. The alliance between Israel and the United States is an important component of our powerful image. … Israel needs to be part of the world, to be a partner in this campaign.”
In the United States, there is popular support for the agreement with Iran. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week revealed that 44% of Americans support the interim agreement with Iran and only 22% oppose.
In Congress, while there is still skepticism about the deal, there also seems to be a trend toward legislation that emphasizes a congressional role in Iran’s compliance with the terms of the deal, rather than the introduction of new sanctions, during the six-month negotiation period. The Iran Nuclear Compliance Act of 2013, introduced Nov. 21 by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is now pending before the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which has Senate jurisdiction on sanctions bills.
As reported here last week, the man to watch is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who told NPR’s Diane Rehm that the interim agreement is an “important first step” and that he will look to both Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on whether the Senate should hold hearings and consider more sanctions.
The conversations that have begun about Iran’s nuclear program are already having consequences beyond the nuclear file, including the Gulf, Turkey and Syria. While Kadri Gursel writes that the Turkish “reset” from its failed sectarian policies may require even deeper political changes, Ankara’s shift, which is a work in progress, is already good news for a political solution in Syria, especially with the Geneva II conference to be held on Jan. 22. A real peace process in Syria would mean relief for Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, those countries most affected by the spillover of the war, the spike in terrorism and the flood of refugees.
A stable Syrian government, resulting from a successful Geneva II political process, perhaps following elections, would offer a chance for an Israel-Lebanon-Syria peace process. This would mean the eventual demilitarization of Hezbollah, whose raison d’etre is resistance to Israel’s occupation. The reintegration of Hezbollah forces into the Lebanese army and the normalization of Hezbollah solely as a Lebanese political party, and not an armed resistance force, would be a giant step toward solving Lebanon’s perpetual national crisis.
Any deal on Hezbollah would run through Damascus and Tehran, via Moscow’s good offices, en route to Jerusalem, as this column reported last week. While the United States cannot broker this deal, the future of Hezbollah is directly connected to the nuclear negotiations with Iran. For Iran to get relief from US oil and financial sanctions under the Iran Sanctions Act, the president must certify to Congress that Iran no longer seeks weapons of mass destruction, is no longer a state sponsor of terrorism and no longer represents a significant threat to US national security interests and allies. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist group by the United States. So questions about Iran’s nuclear program and its role in the region, including support for Hezbollah, are the endgame in any discussion of a comprehensive agreement.
Currency Auctions Announcement No. (2543) The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the2-Dec-2013.The results were as follows: Details Notes Number of banks 20 Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166 Auction price buying dinar / US$ ----- Amount sold at auction price (US$) 216,693,000 Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) ----- Total offers for buying (US$) 216,693,000 Total offers for selling (US$) ----- Exchange rates
U.S. Dollar (USD) 1,161.8000 U.S. $ 1 = 1,161.8000 Iraqi dinars
1 Iraqi Dinar = U.S. $ 0.0009 1,160.8000 U.S. $ 1 = 1,160.8000 Iraqi dinars
1 Iraqi Dinar = U.S. $ 0.0009 0.09%
Kurdish MP rules out disputes between CG, KRG over oil transports to Turkey
Monday, 02 December 2013 08:41
Baghdad (AIN) –The leader within the Kurdistani Alliance, MP Mohsin al-Sadoun, ruled out possibility of creating political disputes over the agreement of transporting oil between Erbil and Ankara.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency, Sadoun said “I do not expect that things between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Central Government of Baghdad will turn into political disputes over transporting oil from Kurdistan region to Turkey since this agreement abide by the Iraqi Constitution and the recent procedures approved between Erbil and Ankara will be according to the consent of the Central Government.”
The leader within the KA denied presence of secret deal concluded by the President of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani and the Turkish Prime Minister.
He assured that “The KRG, few months ago, set all its capabilities at the hand of the CG to face the security breaches in the country,” stressing that “The Region is a part of Federal Iraq.”
Government denies receiving official statement from Turkey over exporting KR oil
Monday, 02 December 2013 15:51
Baghdad (AIN) –Ali al-Mousawi, the Media Advisor of the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, denied receiving an official statement from Turkey over holding an agreement with Kurdistan Region to export its oil and gas.
In his personal account on Facebook, he said "The Iraqi government was not informed by an official statement by Turkey over holding an agreement with KR over exporting its oil and gas."
Turkey announces forming committee to settle disputes with Iraq over exportation of KR oil
Monday, 02 December 2013 12:21
Baghdad (AIN) –Turkey announced forming a committee comprises Turkey, Iraq and Kurdistan Region to settle the disputes over the exportation of the oil of KR into Turkey.
The Energy Minister, Tatar Yaldiz, stated in a joint conference with the Iraqi Deputy Premier for the Energy Affairs, Hussein al-Shihristani "The three sides agreed upon forming a committee form the three sides to settle the pending issues over the oil file according to the Iraqi and Turkish constitutions."
SLC MP: Maliki’s expected visit to Iran to consolidate regional security
Monday, 02 December 2013 09:54
Baghdad (AIN) –MP Mufeed al-Baldawi of the State of Law Coalition pointed out that “the expected visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to Iran comes within Iraqi efforts to consolidate the regional security and achieve the mutual cooperation in confronting terrorism.”
In a statement to All Iraq News Agency, Baldawi said “Iraq and Iran have a major role in consolidating the security in the region through supporting peaceful solutions to end the Syrian Crisis as well as the essential role of Iraq within the negotiations between Iran and the (5+1) group.”
“Iraq is open towards all countries in the region, including Syria, KSA, Turkey and others, and the whole world to establish agreements for confronting armed groups and terrorism,” he added, noting that “The visit which will be conducted by the end of this week aim at consolidating cooperation in economic and tourism fields.”
MP demands the Council of Ministers to sent the budget of 2014
BAGHDAD / NINA / A member of the parliamentary Committee on services and reconstruction, Ahsan al-Awwadi demanded the Council of Ministers to send the budget of 2014 to the House of Representatives.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "We hope sending the budget of 2014 by the Council of Ministers after the legislative recess directly to the House of Representatives for the first reading."
Al-Awwadi, MP of the State of Law coalition added: "The delay in approving the budget of 2014 will delay a lot of projects and services that serve the Iraqi people."