Iraqi and KRG Prime Ministers
Kurdish MP Shirin Husni has told BasNews that whilst there was initial hope surrounding the Erbil-Baghdad agreement, Baghdad now appears to be moving the goalposts. “In a meeting with Kurdish blocs, Haider al-Abadi has clearly announced that Kurdistan will receive funds that reflect the amount of oil exported through SOMO.”
“However our agreement on oil exportation and the budget bill differed from this,” said Husni. “It is like exchanging oil for money, whereas the original agreement was for the 17% share of the budget and 1.2 billion ID (per month) for the Peshmerga forces.”
Linked to the agreement signed by Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi oil minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on 13th November 2014, the budget bill passed with a majority of votes in the Iraqi Parliament on 30th January 2015.
Husni, a member of the parliamentarian finance committee, said, “The Kurdistan PM has told us that we can reach a solution if Baghdad sends Kurdistan’s share of budget, otherwise we will sell our oil independently.”
Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament and member of the financial committee, Sarhan Slivani declared that Baghdad is not treating Kurdistan legally, “Kurdistan is offering a new mechanism in which it exports 375,000 barrels of oil per day until March, when it will increase to 600,000 bpd in April.”
“Baghdad wants its previous oil and budget agreement with Kurdistan to fail. Al-Abadi says that Baghdad will send a representative budget to Kurdistan linked to oil exports.”
He added, “Kurdistan has exported 350,000 barrels of oil daily but Baghdad has not sent the agreed amount of budget. The violation of the agreement by the central government concerns us.”
Kurdish federal MP Zana Rustayi told BasNews, “Baghdad is violating the agreement and it is unacceptable. The KRG has been committed but Baghdad has shown no respect to even 1% of the agreement. Yet, Kurdistan is continuing the negotiations and a KRG delegation is to visit Baghdad again.”
A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official commented on the agreement, “The negotiations are affected by the current political, economical and security situation which obliges both sides to continue with an agreement. But disputes will rise again in the future because Erbil and Baghdad have different strategic views on the future of Iraq.”
A number of Shiite members of the Iraqi parliament claim that the KRG has not been committed to the oil exportation agreement and Baghdad blocked the Kurdistan budget as a result.
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