The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, threatened to cut funds to the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, from the Central Government, if the Kurds continue their plans for an oil pipeline crossing through Turkey without the approval of Baghdad. The Kurdistan Regional Government announced last week that it has begun the flow of crude oil to Turkey and exports are expected to commence at the end of this month and then increased in February and March.
This is unconstitutional and will never allow, nor for the area nor the Turkish government, said Maliki in an interview with Reuters. The Iraqi prime minister reiterated the position that persists Baghdad, that only the central government has the authority to manage Iraq’s energy resources. Turkey should not be mixed in a matter that harms the Iraqi sovereignty, also stressed Maliki.
The central government and the Kurds disagree on the way they interpret the references in the Constitution for the oil and for the way in which you have to share revenue from it. The Kurdish share set at 17% after the invasion led by the U.S. in 2003 in the country, although the Kurds complain that often receive less than this.
By Nicole P.