World Bulletin/News Desk
Nachervan Barzani, prime minister of the regional administration of Northern Iraq, said on Saturday that they were about to finish the oil pipeline project to transport the oil in Iraqi Kurdish region to Turkey.
Speaking to the press following his meeting with the leaders of the Islamic Movement (Bizotnava) and Kurdistan Communist Party as part of the efforts to form a government, Barzani said they were at the last phase of the oil pipeline project to transport oil to Turkey.
Barzani reminded that they have accelarated related talks with Turkish authorities for the last month, saying "Our bilateral talks are continuing without problems. We've entered the final phase."
Noting that they were acting in accordance with the Iraqi constitution, Barzani said "Iraqi Constitution says 'All of the oil and natural gas in the country belongs to the Iraqi people.' In line with this constitution, a certain part of Iraq is under our rule. What we have done so far is all in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution, and we can confirm that with our documents."
He argued that the Iraqi government in Baghdad actually had to give us the 27 per cent of the total oil revenues, "however, they are giving only 17 per cent."
As soon as they start the oil flow to Turkey via the pipeline, said Barzani, they will pay the wage of the international companies working in the region.
Stating that they would reach an agreement with the Baghdad government as soon as possible on how to share the oil revenues of Iraq, Barzani concluded that there would be no problem if the central government of Iraq will act in line with the Iraqi Constitution. What matters for us is the share to be paid to the companies."
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