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Khandan - issue concerns the media last week, the news of the conclusion of the KRG production sharing contracts with Exxon Mobil to drill on 6 disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil.
In an interview with "Report of Iraq's oil", a consulting firm international on the Iraqi economy, said Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources in the government of the province since 2006, he was "looking further than this" he "talks are continuing with Exxon Mobil in order to reach deals on the few remaining areas. " He expressed his concern with the coming of the big oil companies to work on projects currently operated by small companies.
He Hawrami talks with the large foreign oil companies to explore the rest of the regions of the province, which owns the wealth of oil, but he kept on the said companies, saying "I can not call, we contacted and still a number of them, and others who write to us and we have meetings, and sometimes offer them something, and discussions in the development, If not, we have the things we offer will depend discussions at a certain level. "
Hawrami and adds, "The area is very vital and where there is a lot, and I can not talk about the possibilities, but what happens happens transparently, and we declare everything, and all our work is available on the Internet."
On the sidelines of the conference "CWC oil and gas in Kurdistan," said Minister of Natural Resources in the region that "deals Exxon Mobil" just a standard protocol, the features which all other contracts. "Rejected the Federal Government of these deals when first floated last week, saying it is unconstitutional .
And understanding between the federal and provincial government on this transaction and the law of oil and gas deferred approval since 2007, said Hawrami "We look forward to the meeting in the next few days, perhaps this month, and there is good will on both sides and we need to solve the problem."
Remarkable that the "al-Maliki in particular is keen on holding the meeting out of this track, and we have a comprehensive agreement on the process, so we need only to start and we are ready for that." Since February 2007, the Council of Ministers and House of Representatives in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region 3 of the draft law of oil and gas, but disagree on what Tdmh each draft of material has prevented agreement on any copy and pass it.
He Hawrami to "sit down and consider the possibility in every article, and if we have the conviction to change some of the articles and re-formulated, it is likely that the changes taking place through a memorandum or an amendment to the document."
He continues, "anything we do not agree it will remain as is, but each party has the right by expressing his remarks, complements, or put what he wants to put him, and sent to the Council of Ministers or to Parliament."
The minister of natural resources in the provincial government to "end the importance of this process and move them to the Council of Ministers, with amendments and observations, and they can be passed to the parliament is subject to the committees discuss this, and we will be happy to hold our amendments on the basis of discussion."
He spoke Hawrami from the possible scenarios to deal with one of the draft law of oil and gas, saying "We admit that the draft of 2007 is outdated, and we go to the first of our meetings and say let's leave it unchanged and send it to parliament as it is, it represents all, and discussions in which health."
And express the hope "that placed federal law and solve problems that concern everyone, and then take the parliament amendments into account," noting that it "may be easier than to seek changes in ourselves," likely "but expands the discussion, because I do not expect the existence of committees to both sides or to the by Mr. and coffee sit down and do it. "
Hawrami refused to talk about disputed territories in the context of the forthcoming agreement on oil and gas law. And asked about the existence of issues need to be resolved before passing the federal law to parliament, responded Hawrami said, "No, I do not think so, there are various things in the law, for example, need to re-drafting, the law revenue sharing, which is much talk about it, and the law of the national oil company different pieces of legislation are located outside of the oil law, but they were in draft form, so it is natural that the chapter needs to be better to leave and parliamentarians see their work and put the building and go right to vote away from me and Mr. and coffee. "
Include transactions with Exxon Mobil 3 areas are exploratory Alqosh and Ba and northern fields of Kirkuk, which lies within the disputed areas.
However, Minister of Natural Resources denied categorically the existence of A_i_cavat in those areas, and suggested that what is described disputed areas located within the Department of Kurdistan, stressing "we do not have anything in the disputed territories, areas in which we operate within Kurdistan."
The minister affirmed the natural resources in the government of the province, "We manage these areas, and conduct the election, and everything which contracted by Kurdistan and run," he adds, "Remember that there are disputed territory; and I'm not an expert in this field, there is no particular line separating the territory, and it is located under the hands of responsible for it now or later, but it's too big to draw a dividing line because he needs to sort the fundamental process, so it is a different theme and the ministries do not want to interfere with it. "
Revealed Hawrami for vigorous efforts to develop the oil sector in Kurdistan, including the creation of a "Company of the Kurdistan Exploration and Production," noting, "We want this company to be completely separate from the ministry; should be between us and that company is just an organizational relationship."
He pointed out that "management is subject to the designation of parliament and the company will be responsible in front of him."
He continues, "we bring in parallel with the revenue sharing law in Baghdad, a law to regulate and monitor the policy and draw revenues that come from Baghdad, as we work on a mining law, and the first draft of the law of non-metal mines in the parliament."
According to the law the last "will be organized factories cement, marble and others. Either in the field of minerals we need to time a little longer to engage in mining minerals such as copper," adding "we look at the activities of other countries and how to get the most out of balance and mutual benefit. So we are busy this now. "
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