World Bulletin / News Desk
Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with 58 Kurdish lawmakers from the Iraqi parliament in Irbil on Monday.
The talks focused on the KRG’s oil exports to Turkey, which have caused tensions with the central government in Baghdad. Barzani is also expected to inform lawmakers about disagreements between the Kurdish regional government and the central government over the annual budget for 2014, the salaries for the regional armed forces, and efforts to form a government in the KRG, Anadolu Agency reported on Monday.
Although the KRG and Turkey signed an energy deal last year, the central government in Baghdad defined it as a unilateral move that would violate national laws.
Ankara says it would wait for Baghdad’s confirmation before it allowed Kurdish oil to cross its borders. In early January, Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced that crude oil from northern Iraq had started flowing to Turkey's Mediterranean export hub in Ceyhan.
The Iraqi central government and the KRG have yet to reach an agreement on an export medium for oil from Iraqi Kurdistan.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan also said in early January that Turkey will use state-owned lender Halkbank to deposit the revenues made from the oil exports.
The Kurdish lawmakers in the Iraqi parliament are concerned on not being informed properly about the issues creating disagreement between the KRG and central government, according to information Anadolu Agency obtained from diplomatic sources.
The meeting was made especially upon the request from Kurdish lawmakers from Goran party, demanding to be informed on the official contacts between KRG and the central government.Last Mod: 28 Ocak 2014, 09:46