Parliamentary committee calls for the disclosure of details of the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil over oil
14/11/2011 14:42

Baghdad, November 14 (Rn) - called the Commission on oil and energy in the Iraqi Council of Representatives on Monday, revealed details of what it said was an agreement between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government on the law of oil and gas and management of oil wealth in the country.

But there seems to be a final agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, in the light of the recent intensification of the differences between the two sides, especially on a contract to explore oil entered the Kurdistan Regional Government with Exxon Mobil in the U.S. 18 of the October / October.

Geert and the Iraqi government, Exxon Mobil, between work in the West Qurna field, and fields of the southern province of Kurdistan, confirmed refusal to contract with the region, said in a statement that "The oil ministry has informed the company Exxon Mobil this position."

A member of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary Furat al-Shara told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) "We reject the agreements entered into and behind the scenes and we demand to be a deal between the governments of the region and center around the oil and gas law on the basis of transparency."

He continued by saying "It is not reasonable that the conclusion of agreements on the most important detail of the joints of the resources of the Iraqi state, without revealing the details of the parliamentary Energy Committee, whose function it controls, legislation and belong to the highest legislative authority in the country."

And ended the three committees negotiating a joint between Baghdad and Arbil, the end of last month's negotiations in Baghdad on the outstanding issues and raised the three reports to the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and addressed the reports highlighted the outstanding issues between the two sides is one of the disputed areas, the budget of the Regional Corps (Peshmerga), and the law of oil and gas.

Said Adel Berwari adviser to the prime minister for the Kurdistan region, said (Rn) a week ago that reports to Maliki of joint committees between Baghdad and Arbil, "confidential" and would not reveal to the media at the moment, with the expectation that the response of al-Maliki on them soon .

The relationship has been strained recently between Baghdad and Erbil, after rejecting a draft of the Kurdistan Region Oil and Gas Law approved by the Iraqi government.

He says the region that the draft law, however, focus the powers of the Federal Government in the management of oil wealth at the expense of the provincial territory, as he passed by the Council of Ministers, without due process of law.

Under the terms of a Erbil agreements, provided that he agrees on the law of oil and gas, but the region accuse the National Alliance circumvent the conventions and pass the bill without taking the position of the Kurds.

The roots of the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil to oil contracts had been entered into the region with international oil companies without the consent of the Federal Oil Ministry contracts that were considered "invalid" and contrary to the Constitution.

Shara said that "the Energy Commission representative was invited to host the oil minister, Abdul Karim and coffee to illustrate the normal handling and dealing in a file management fields, and the conclusion of contracts between the Governments of the region and the Centre to enable the Committee to see details and to be able to operate in the control of management of the country's wealth of oil and energy."

He said Islam is a member of the mass citizen's movement Shahid Mihrab headed by Ammar al-Hakim, "we fear that the agreement signed between the parties contrary to the law and if not, it may be contrary to the agreements the previous political as political forces agreed in Arbil, the national company in the management of the country's wealth and management state on the basis of transparency allows to bring the views and discussed the political blocs and non-uniqueness in the strategic decision-making related to security, economy and foreign policy. "