Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Iraqi oil ministry warns oil companies against contracts with Kurdistan

Senator James Inhofe criticizes Kirkuk attack as 'counterproductive,' warns against Iran influence US Senator and US Army Veteran James Inhofe criticizes Iraqi hostility
Howard Terry | 20 October, 2017, 00:27

The United Nations on Thursday expressed concern about reports of the forced displacement of Kurds from Kirkuk, which was recently taken over by Iraqi forces following a Kurdish indepedence referundum.

Baghdad's recovery of Kirkuk, situated just outside the KRG's official boundaries on disputed land claimed by Kurds, ethnic Turkmen and Arabs, put the city's Kurds in fear of attack by Shi'ite Muslim paramilitaries, known as Popular Mobilisation, assisting government forces' operations in the region.

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Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al Luaibi has asked BP "to quickly make plans to develop the Kirkuk oilfields, " an oil ministry statement said on Wednesday.

In the statement, Mr Rasul, who is also vice president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish parties, criticised his own group for not having resisted the entry of Iraqi federal forces into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Monday.

Baghdad moved to reclaim control of Kirkuk following the September 25 independence referendum in Kurdistan.

In a statement, the KRG cabinet said, "It will not be possible to resolve the issues through military operations".

Abadi had asked that the KRG cancel the outcome of the referendum as a precondition for negotiations to begin.

On the other hand, the Iraqi oil ministry reacted angrily on Thursday after Russian energy giant Rosneft signed a production sharing deal with the authorities in the autonomous Kurdish region without its approval.

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