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Iraq parliament forms committee to investigate KRG oil sector

By Rudaw 12/1/2018
An oilfield in Kurdistan Region. Photo:Rudaw
An oilfield in Kurdistan Region. Photo:Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Iraqi parliament is going to form a committee to look into the matter of Kurdistan’s oil, said a Kurdish MP, adding it will start work in the coming days.

The committee will be tasked with investigating KRG’s oil sales from 2014 to 2018 and its revenues, Arez Abdullah, a Kurdish MP in Baghdad, told Rudaw.

“The committee will be comprised of members of the oil, integrity commission, and finance committees and will be starting in the next days,” he explained.

Another Iraqi government committee is reviewing payroll lists from the KRG’s ministries of health and education.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has challenged the Kurdish record on its oil exports and revenues, despite the KRG’s announcement it will soon publish figures and data audited by Deloitte in order to increase transparency in the oil sector.

“Publish the figures about how much you exported, at which price, and where the money went. It does not exist in the Kurdistan Region at all. It did not enter bank accounts of the Region. In which bank account is there the money? Where did it go, and how have the funds been used?” Abadi said on Tuesday.

The KRG shortly afterwards warned Abadi against depending on “false information” when it comes to the Regional government’s finances and said it is time for “serious talks,” in the latest round of back-and-forth in the media between the two governments.

Abadi’s figures are based on “completely false information” and he will realize that when the audit is published, said KRG spokesperson Safeen Dizayee on Wednesday.

Relations between Erbil and Baghdad are at their worst in the post-Saddam Hussein era following Iraq’s military takeover of the disputed areas in response to Kurdistan’s independence vote.

The two sides have yet to commit to political dialogue despite repeated calls from international allies. Abadi on Tuesday ordered resumption of security talks between the two sides and announced a delegation will discuss international borders with the KRG, another contentious issue.

Comments

 
FAUthman | 13/1/2018
Fair enough let a committee from Parliament do it. But this review should not hold up opening Kurdistan airports resuming flights and paying salaries nor progress on the KRG share of the 2018 budget!
| 13/1/2018
2014? what about all the years between 2003 and 2014? all the secret kickbacks in oil contracts? The Kurdish people deserve to know where all their interests went and to whom. ALL oil contracts signed by the KRG must be investigated and all cost recovery and oil sales must be investigated since 2003
| 13/1/2018
what about all the years between 2003 and 2014? all the secret kickbacks in oil contracts? The Kurdish and arab people deserve to know where all their interests went and to whom. Which politicians has been benefiting secretly from all these deals Most if not ALL oil contracts signed by the KRG must be investigated and all cost recovery and oil sales must be investigated since 2003, oil sales sold locally at local prices then exported at international prices, those who helped ISIS sell its oil. All local contracts need to be investigated, all transfers and bank accounts need to be disclosed and all kickbacks and payment to officials traced and recovered
Louise UK | 14/1/2018
23 hours you're absolutely right but will it happen? That happens in countries where no one is above the law. In Kurdistan many people seem to be 'above the law'.
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