Kurds consider the threats of al-Shahristani, "demolition" to efforts to resolve disagreements between Baghdad and Erbil over oil

07/03/2012 08:58

Baghdad, March 7 / March (Rn) - The Kurdistan Alliance, Wednesday, the continuation of the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussein al-Shahristani, threatened by foreign oil companies operating in the region, "demolition" of efforts to resolve the dispute with Baghdad over one oil, at a time considered by the Committee on Oil parliamentary exploration outside the federal government aware that contrary to the Constitution, confirmed that Baghdad conjures contrast with the territory once in a while.

A spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussain al-Shahristani announced yesterday that Baghdad has given Exxon Mobil a few days to explain its position on oil deals with Kurdistan region of Iraq, which the federal government regards as illegal.

Exxon became the first major oil company to enter the Kurdistan region when it signed an agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government on 18 October / October last year to explore for oil and gas in the six regions, the first major oil company to deal with the Kurdistan directly.

A spokesman for the Kurdistan Alliance, a pro good for the Kurdistan News Agency (Rn), that "the threat of the Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, with foreign companies oil contracts with Kurdistan region before the issuance of oil and gas law is the demolition of all efforts aimed at ending the dispute between Baghdad and Arbil, about this file , "noting that" both parties are trying to reach an agreement, but Shahristani Btahedadath destroy the agreements. "

The good "We encourage foreign companies to invest in Iraq, and in this way is the threat of companies that show the world that there are differences and conflicting positions within the Iraqi state, which weakens investor confidence in the Iraqi side."

He added that "there is a consensus on legislation that oil and gas law and this case is even in the national conference to be held later and there are nearly 13 law will be to agree on legislation, including oil and gas law," noting that "discussions are still ongoing regarding the law of oil and gas."

He continued that "according to the constitution, al-Shahristani argues that he does not give the province of Kurdistan, the right of contract, oil, but we are our interpretation of the Constitution that allows the province to conclude contracts with foreign companies, and oil resources returned to the state budget of Iraq and there are financial benefits disbursed from the budget of the Iraqi state for foreign companies."

Asked a spokesman for the Kurdistan region of "how to export the Kurdistan region for 175 thousand barrels of oil per day has required the Iraqi state region in the budget, the export of such quantity in the light of the continued threat of al-Shahristani, the oil companies operating in the region."

The dispute is between Arbil and Baghdad on 41 oil contracts signed by the Government of the Territory since 2007 and now Baghdad says it has concluded in the absence of transparency and calls the "false"

And press the federal government to be the direction of all oil contracts signed by them by the Iraqi Oil Ministry, while demanding the region's largest powers in this regard so that it is has the right to sign contracts without reference to Baghdad.

A member of the Committee, Uday promises (Rn), that "the constitutional text indicates that the oil wealth should be managed in coordination between local governments and provinces and the federal government and there must be coordination and clarity in dealing with this issue to be considered a file regardless of when approving oil and gas law" .

He said Awad, a member of the Sadrist movement that "the central and the Ministry of Oil with great regret trying to instigate a crisis once in a while with the Kurdistan region on the file of oil and the better to help the Parliamentary Committee on the ratification of the oil and gas during the last period, rather than escalate situations."

According to a former minister for Iraqi oil that the dispute between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government on the management of oil wealth is the most prominent Almchaclat plaguing the Advancement of oil wealth.

Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, who took over management of the Iraqi Oil Ministry in 2005's (Rn), that "all political parties did not reach until now to reach a common vision to manage the oil sector (...) Kurdistan is still going on in production, this is disabled before the mature a unified vision on the management of this sector. "

He called the Sea of ​​Science "Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government to reach a consensus view of the way to find ways to approve the law of oil and gas."

And that "differences on the management of oil wealth, the most prominent obstacles facing the oil sector in Iraq."

He says the Kurds are one of the strongest criticism of the political components of the performance Shahristani said that the latter has become a source of contention between Baghdad and Erbil.

The controversy intensified recently on this file after he refused to draft Kurdistan Region Oil and Gas Law approved by the Iraqi government and sent to the House of Representatives for approval.