Independent daily Newspaper


 Old Archive RSS Feed    Advertise



 Kurdistan says Iraq must seek approval for Kirkuk oil field upgrade

  Kurd Net does not take credit for and is not responsible for the content of news information on this page


Kurdistan says Iraq must seek approval for Kirkuk oil field upgrade  27.3.2012  

Flames are seen at Babagurgur oil field in Kirkuk, Iraq's border with Kurdistan region, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad. Photo: Reuters
See Related Links
March 27, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— The Kurdistan Regional Government KRG in northern Iraq said Monday that Iraq's federal government needs to seek its approval before signing deals to develop the giant Kirkuk oil field.

Iraq's Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaiby and other senior officials had said that Baghdad was holding talks with U.K. energy giant BP PLC (BP), Baker Hughes inc. (BHI) and Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB), in order to double crude oil production from the Kirkuk field from the current 300,000 barrels a day.

"The KRG requires the federal oil ministry and the [state-run] North Oil Co. to respect the country's constitution and sit down with all relevant parties to determine how best to enhance and revitalize the present Kirkuk oil field," according to a statement emailed to Dow Jones Newswires.

The Kurds says that the oil hub province of Kirkuk is Kurdish and it should be annexed to their semi-autonomous territory. The central government argues that Kirkuk should be ruled jointly.

"In the meantime, the KRG expects that international oil companies restrain from any activities that may be in breach of the [Iraqi] constitution," the statement said.

The oil-rich province of Kirkuk is one of the most disputed areas by the regional government and the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

The Kurds are seeking to integrate the province into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region clamming it to be historically a Kurdish city, it lies just south border of the Kurdistan autonomous region, the population is a mix of majority Kurds and minority of Arabs, Christians and Turkmen, lies 250 km northeast of Baghdad. Kurds have a strong cultural and emotional attachment to Kirkuk, which they call "the Kurdish Jerusalem." Kurds see it as the rightful and perfect capital of an autonomous Kurdistan state.

Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the situation in Kirkuk city and other disputed areas through having back its Kurdish inhabitants and repatriating the Arabs relocated in the city during the former regime’s time to their original provinces in central and southern Iraq.

The article also calls for conducting a census to be followed by a referendum to let the inhabitants decide whether they would like Kirkuk to be annexed to the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region or having it as an independent province.

The former regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had forced over 250,000 Kurdish residents to give up their homes to Arabs in the 1970s, to "Arabize" the city and the region's oil industry.

The last ethnic-breakdown census in Iraq was conducted in 1957, well before Saddam began his program to move Arabs to Kirkuk. That count showed 178,000 Kurds, 48,000 Turkomen, 43,000 Arabs and 10,000 Assyrian-Chaldean Christians living in the city. 

Copyright ©, respective author or news agency, Dow Jones Newswires | | | Agencies 



  Kurd Net does not take credit for and is not responsible for the content of news information on this page


Copyright © 1998-2016 Kurd Net® . All rights reserved
All documents and images on this website are copyrighted and may not be used without the express
permission of the copyright holder.