UN criticizes Iraq for its delay in adopting HCL law and renewed calls for elections in disputed areas

Criticized by the United Nations, on Wednesday, Iraq’s delay in adoption of the law of oil and gas, while political parties demanded to pass this law as soon as possible, renewed its call for elections in the disputed areas.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, in a speech at the forum of Iraq’s oil in Baghdad, which was attended by (long-Presse), on Wednesday, “I call on politicians and Iraqi specialists to pass a law of oil and gas as soon as possible,” returned “the survival of this important law varies in its place is not good.”

The Kubler “I was ambassador to Germany in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 and when I left he told me Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister then Barham Salih said the draft oil and gas law is ready and will be approved soon,” noting that ”After five years this is still important law standstill.”

The business forum of Iraq’s oil, which is organized by the Iraq Institute for Energy sponsored the House of Representatives and the participation of international companies specialized in the affairs of oil and gas sector, has launched on Tuesday, with participants stressed that the forum will play in a thorough review of investment policies in the oil and gas sector, expecting not to Iraq’s success in reaching to the level of production, which was announced.

In another context, the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq Martin Kobler his call for the holding of elections in the disputed areas.

Kobler said, “The problems in the disputed areas and one of the problems in Iraq and these crises do not help to move forward to develop the country,” noting that “the holding of elections in the disputed areas it Waaqid address the political crisis.”

It is noteworthy that the United Nations Mission in Iraq, had urged in the (December 9, 2012), the Iraqi parliament to approve amendments to the electoral law without delay, to ensure conduct on time, and while some expressed “regret of not conducting the registration of voters in the province of Kirkuk, “announced its support for the upcoming elections.

The Presidency of the Council of Representatives, has decided in (13 September 2012), the formation of a sub-committee to study the points of contention on the law of oil and gas and the development of a new draft of the law, while stressing Speaker Osama Nujaifi that the government is serious in working on legislation law by combining two draft project law for two years (2007) and (2011), said First Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Qusay al-Suhail said the Cabinet called for the adoption of the 2011 draft only.

The implications of the draft law of oil and gas mixed reactions, most unit position of the Kurdistan Alliance and the Presidency Kurdistan region, while predicted the oil and energy parliamentary, to facilitate the new project, which was approved by the government, the flexibility to receive companies wishing to develop the oil industry.

confirmed the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary, in (6 September 2011), that the draft law of oil and gas provided by the Government to Parliament, involves “constitutional violation” of confiscated right provinces and territories, indicating that it is possible to amend the bill and enrichment to reach a suitable formula is agreed upon between the political blocs. Iraqi government announced, in (28 August 2011), for ratification of the draft law of oil and gas, and decided to submit them to Parliament for approval, while announced Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs, Hussein al-Shahristani, in the (July 2, 2011), that the government has introduced “some adjustments” on the draft oil law, which is long overdue and reviewed by the Committee on Energy Cabinet.

It is noteworthy that out of the dispute between the governments in Baghdad and Erbil due to the oil contracts concluded by the region, which Baghdad deems illegal, while he says the region they are based on the Iraqi constitution and bilateral agreements with the federal government, and fought a severe crisis on oil between Baghdad and Erbil on the back off the Kurdistan region in ( first April 2012) pumping oil until further notice because of differences with Baghdad on financial dues to oil companies operating in it.