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Kurdish Iraqi MP boasts KRG sells oil independently

By RÛDAW 8/7/2015
The KRG ships crude oil to Ceyhan oil terminal in Turkey independently. Photo: Rudaw.
The KRG ships crude oil to Ceyhan oil terminal in Turkey independently. Photo: Rudaw.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdistan Regional Government sells Kurdistan region and Kirkuk crude oil shares independently and will receive the money without going through Baghdad, said a Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament on Wednesday.
 
Arez Abdullah, chairman of the Iraqi Parliament's Oil and Gas Committee, told Rudaw that the KRG started exporting oil directly to world markets in July.
 
“This is the beginning of the Iraq disintegration,” Abdullah said.   
 
KRG spokesperson Safin Dizayee told Rudaw that the decision was made to resolve the economic crisis that has stricken the Kurdistan region. He added that the decision was necessary to pay government employees’ salaries on time.
 
“The Turkish government has reassured the KRG that they would stick to the agreements with the KRG over Kurdistan’s independent oil sales,” Dizayee said.  
 
In the last oil sales report, the Kurdistan Ministry of Natural Resources said due to the long-standing budget impasse with Baghdad it was obliged to increase its independent crude oil sales in June.

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FAUthman | 8/7/2015
This is milestone breaking news and the best news from the KRG we have heard for a long time, just what the economy in Kurdistan needed and what everyone contributing to its growth needed to hear, well done KRG!!!
Kurdish Patriot | 8/7/2015
Good, Baghdad government better keep their mouth shut, who are they to talk? They have no power over us. Kurdistan the other Iraqi partner have as much right to sell its own oil as Baghdad. And why the hell should Baghdad remain a capital of Iraq? Screw that👎🏻 it's better to have Hewler as our capital.
Muraz Adzhoev | 8/7/2015
No new agreements and no negotiations with Baghdad, except political terms and legal conditions necessary to provide peaceful separation on the basis of international law, in accordance with historical justice and humanitarian moral norms, under the overwhelming supervisory control and support of the UN Security Council. Declaration of independence-Referendum on sovereign democratic and secular statehood-international recognition of Southern Kurdistan -Freadom-Development-Cooperation and Partnership. Independence is so near, that needs Kurdistan to have its door be open now immediately without any delay.
mike | 8/7/2015
Kurds already control a strip of land along the Syrian-Turkish border which will grant them access to the Mediterranean sea. this will grant Kurds the ability to ship oil independently to any country.
Carl | 8/7/2015
This is good IF 1) There are buyers and crude shiippers that are not intimidated by Baghdads threats of legal actions 2) KRG receives and is able to use the money from Halibank 3) The money recieved is transparantly used, not pocketed by beurocrats and politicians 4) KRG is able to pay their salaries 5) KRG starts to honor their contracts and bay back their debts.
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