Author: The future of Iraq

09/19/2012 12:00 am

The future of Iraq / special
A senior diplomatic source said that the delegation of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, who visited America recently held extensive meetings to push for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki concessions to the demands of the region.

A delegation from the Kurdistan region has paid a visit to Washington for talks with U.S. officials on the current political crisis in Iraq, and the relationship between the central government in Baghdad and the territorial Government, delegation included President of the Presidium Kurdistan Fouad Hussein and official Department of Foreign Relations of the Government of the Territory Falah Mustafa.

The source added that "the delegation highlighted the injustice by central government's policy and specifically the Prime Minister towards the region," stressing that "head of the delegation, Fouad Hussein, face charges for the central government to block progress of the Territory and it disrupted dues oil companies, mostly American working in Kurdistan." However, the source said that "officials Americans told the delegation the region that Washington does not follow the affairs of private companies and the U.S. ", stressing that" there are laws and conditions in accordance with legal contracts that protect these companies. "

The source pointed out that "the U.S. administration will not intervene in the issue of relations between the center and the region," adding that "the delegation of the region made many offers for pressure the U.S. administration to Maliki for leniency in some things, including the mandate of the Kurdistan Regional Government for oil in the region," noting that the delegation sought "Cancel the idea Operations Command Tigris and not sent to the common areas, as well as to keep the region's budget and put it." The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani has called in a press statement to reduce the financial share of the Kurdistan region of the budget in 2013 to 13% after statistics showed a Central Bureau of Statistics that the ratio of the number of provinces of the region's population does not exceed 13%