Negotiating committees between Baghdad and Erbil complete its work and reports to owners
27/10/2011 14:16

Baghdad, October 27 / October (Rn) - A source familiar with the discussions between the governments in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region on Thursday, for the three committees joint was its composition between Baghdad and Erbil, to develop solutions for the files pending has completed its tasks and submitted their reports to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for consideration and issuance of official position.

The delegation arrived in the Kurdish negotiating team headed by the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region to Baghdad on 24 this month, and meetings with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi, and the delegation stressed the positive discussions held.

And the recently strained relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, after he refused the draft 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.

The source, who asked not to be named, told the Kurdish news agency (Rn), that "the three joint committees between Baghdad and Erbil, which was formed after the talks the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Barham Salih, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad has completed its tasks today."

He explained that "the three committees of the Commission of Article 140, the Committee on Financial Issues of the Peshmerga forces, and the Committee on the Law of oil and gas has raised its reports to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for consideration and issuance of official position."

The source indicated that "is not detected by the joint committees for the content of the reports," saying only that "the reports delivered to al-Maliki for the purpose of study and answer them as soon as possible."

He pointed out that "the Kurdish delegation headed by Prime Minister Barham Saleh still exist in Baghdad aimed at a final agreement on outstanding issues."

There are several pending issues between Baghdad and Erbil, most notably one of the disputed areas, the budget of the Regional Corps (Peshmerga), and the law of oil and gas.