KRG denies announcement Shahristani agreement on the export of oil through the region Somo

KRG denies announcement Shahristani agreement on the export of oil through the region Somo

Posted, February 21, 2014 18:07

KRG denies announcement Shahristani agreement on the export of oil through the region Somo[Baghdad – where]

Denied the Kurdistan Regional Government to announce Hussain al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister for energy affairs in the federal government in connection with the approval of the province on the export of oil through the company’s national Sumo.

A spokesman for the provincial government Sven Dzi in a statement received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it on Thursday that “the talks, which were held recently between the governments of the Kurdistan region and the federal government in Baghdad took place in a positive atmosphere, where he discussed where the parties at length the views and proposals between the two sides , also decide the answer to the proposals of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the coming days on this issue and the mechanism of oil exporting region, but we do not reach any form of agreement regarding the export of oil to the outside of the Kurdistan region by SOMO. ”

The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani has said yesterday that “the Kurds have agreed to export crude oil through the State Oil Marketing Organization Sumo”, stressing that “This step is important to walk forward, and resolve the problem of the export of oil in Iraq.”

The new round of talks had been held between the Governments of the center and the province last Monday in Baghdad without reaching a final conclusion, despite the description of the atmosphere was positive.

It is noteworthy that a severe crisis erupted between Baghdad and Erbil on the back to stop the Kurdistan region in April 2012 to pump oil until further notice because of disagreements with Baghdad on the financial dues to oil companies operating in it.

The origin of the dispute between the governments in Baghdad and Erbil to oil contracts concluded by the region without the approval of the Iraqi central government and Baghdad, which was considered illegal, while the region confirmed that they are based on the Iraqi constitution and the bilateral agreements with the central government.

The announcement triggered the establishment of an oil pipeline between Turkey and Kurdistan and Baghdad’s anger deemed export through “smuggling” as Ankara threatened to sue and to reduce the region’s share of the federal fiscal budget if exports flowed through the pipeline between Turkey and Kurdistan without its consent.

And the establishment of the line was completed late last year and began pumping oil in it since then to storage tanks at the Turkish port of Ceyhan, but exports did not depart from the port to provide an opportunity for diplomatic efforts. Ended