The United States calls on oil companies to deal with the Iraqi government and not to sign contracts directly with the KRG
Tuesday, August 21 / August 2012 14:05




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The United States called the American oil companies today to deal with the Iraqi government and not to sign contracts directly with the KRG as done by Exxon Mobil and Chevron Alamirkatan and French company Total.


The spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department Victoria Nuland said in press statements that "should the oil companies have to deal with the Iraqi government and not to sign contracts directly with the Kurdistan region, as did Exxon Mobil and Chevron Alamirkatan and French company Total."


She said Noland, "In terms Bashrkatena we continue to say it to sign oil contracts for the production or extraction with state region was in Iraq without the approval of the federal authorities Iraqi is offered to legal difficulties," indicating that "these companies definitely take their own decisions, but as long as there is no legislation federal Iraqis in this area and this is what we demand they run the risk of that. "


This recently bought French oil company Total minority stake in the exploration area in the Kurdistan Region, ignoring threats made by the central government in Baghdad after the conclusion of a similar agreement last month.


The dispute is between Baghdad and Erbil on 41 oil contracts signed by the provincial government since 2007 until now and describes Baghdad in the absence of transparency in the signature.


The central government has threatened to cancel contracts Wi deal with companies that contract with the Kurdistan region in the field of exploration and extraction of oil without the approval of the Ministry of Oil, while the Prime Minister warned of the danger of Nuri al-Maliki decades Exxon Mobil oil with the Kurdistan region.


It is said that the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government said earlier this month that "the oil contracts concluded by the region more transparent contracts in many countries of the world in spite of pressure from the federal government," arguing that "Prompt recent export oil from through pipes Iraqi recognition of the results of such contracts. "ended.




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