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Iraq Participates .. Sixty of the Parliamentary Assembly of the NATO conference with the participation of Iraqi parliamentary delegation

Saturday 22/11/2014

Sixty of the Parliamentary Assembly of the NATO conference with the participation of Iraqi parliamentary delegation

BAGHDAD - held today in the city of The Hague Conference session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the center of the World Forum in The Hague, with the participation of Iraqi parliamentary delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Iaram Sheikh Mohammed.

The conference discussed ways of eliminating regulation Daash and limit the spread in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East, in light of concerns about the spread tentacles to the rest of the world, and discuss the roots of this organization and sources of political and security conditions that contributed to its inception, and the possibility of finding an effective contribution to NATO in combating and eradication. 

and saw the conference moderated by a group of researchers and international experts in the affairs of extremist groups interventions by the audience, most notably the intervention of Vice-President of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Iaram Sheikh Mohammed, about the importance of security solutions and air strikes that have contributed to stop along the Daash along with political solutions. 

The conference was attended by members of the Committee Security and Defense parliamentary Iskandar and berries and Hamid al-Mutlaq. 

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Local currency instead of the dollar in its dealings

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Calls for state departments to use local currency Dinar rather than in US Dollar - Iraqi Airways does not accept cut airline tickets for a sum Iraqi dinar, but requires that the amount in US dollars


Saturday 22/11/2014

Local currency instead of the dollar in its dealings

BAGHDAD -  MP for mass independent affiliated to the coalition of state law Mohammed al-Shammari, Saturday, some state institutions to local currency adoption of the US dollar rather than in their dealings to raise the value against the dollar to support the Iraqi economy, noting that some institutions and private Iraqi Airways does not accept cut airline tickets only to the US dollar.

Al-Shammari said in a statement news agency Baghdad International / WAP / received a copy of it, that "the global economic situation makes it imperative for everyone stand up and actively national Iraqi economy, and keep it from schemes aimed at wrecking" .. He added that "by some States to increase its oil exports to the market in order to reduce oil prices, aims to influence the economies of the countries that rely on oil Coward head of her, in order to pass a number of major countries of the projects. 

He noted that "unfortunately, some government departments and institutions to contribute in that attack, which seeks to weaken our national economy and destroy it, several methods, including, dealing the US process, rather than the local currency, "pointing out that" For example, Iraqi Airways does not accept cut airline tickets for an amount in Iraqi dinars, but require that the amount of the US dollar. " He stressed Shammari "the need to instruct the departments state and its institutions that deal in Iraqi dinars, to contribute to raise its value against the US dollar, which assigns the Iraqi national economy.

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Obama Administration Dispatches 100 FBI Agents to St. Louis, Missouri, Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 22, 2014

Police Killing of Teenager Michael Brown: Obama Administration Dispatches 100 FBI Agents to St. Louis, Missouri, Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has dispatched 100 agents to the St. Louis, Missouri area ahead of an expected grand jury decision over whether to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.

The move underscores the extent to which the Obama administration is taking a leading role in the police crackdown in Ferguson, coordinating behind the scenes with state and local officials.

On Friday evening, CBS News reported that two men had been arrested by FBI agents in a sting operation for allegedly “buying explosives to be used during protests.” The two men are allegedly members of the New Black Panther Party. These arrests and the dispatch of FBI agents to the area have the aim of intimidating and terrorizing the population into accepting the decision of the grand jury, which is broadly expected not to bring charges against Wilson.

An intelligence bulletin from the FBI to local police departments earlier this week warned that “extremists” are planning to carry out “attacks” against “critical infrastructure” in connection with the grand jury decision. ABC News has reported, based on undisclosed sources, that the FBI has set up a temporary field office to coordinate its activities.

As part of the nationally coordinated campaign, ABC News aired an excerpt of a television interview with President Barack Obama Friday evening in which he warned demonstrators to “keep protests peaceful.”

“This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” Obama said, “Allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust. But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law and contrary to who we are,” Obama told reporter George Stephanopoulos.

These remarks parrot the standard line used by the political establishment to justify the police crackdown against demonstrators: While “peaceful” protests are acceptable, these protests are being co-opted by “violent” and “extremist” elements, sometimes denounced as “outside agitators,” who are intent on using the demonstrations as an excuse to break the law.

This creates the fraudulent justification for the state to respond to peaceful demonstrations with massive police repression, on the grounds that “violent” and “extremist” elements forced them into taking such actions. In reality, it is the government, not demonstrators, that is the instigator of violence. In August, police responded to peaceful protests against police violence with tear gas, rubber bullets and mass arrests of protestors and journalists.

Similar plans are in the works for responding to the grand jury announcement, which is expected within days. Hundreds of National Guard personnel are already being deployed to the region following the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Jay Nixon on Monday, and area police are switching to twelve-hour shifts beginning this weekend.

Police carried out arrests against protestors for the second night in a row Thursday evening, chasing demonstrators into a parking lot considered to be a “safe zone” and detaining individual protestors.

Also on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced he was issuing new guidelines for police, outlining rules on “How to Maintain Order During First Amendment-Protected Events.” The basic theme of Holder’s remarks was that there exist two types of political opposition, one legitimate and another illegitimate. Even the title of the announcement expresses the conception that some events are “First Amendment-protected” while others are not.

“Over the past few months,” Holder said, “we’ve seen demonstrations and protests that have sought to bring attention to real and significant underlying issues involving police practices, implicit bias, and pervasive community distrust. And in most cases, these demonstrations have been both meaningful and responsible, and have brought vital issues to the attention of the public at large.”

But what about concerns that are not aimed at overcoming “community distrust,” or do not advocate trivial changes in police practices, but rather contradict the fundamental interests of the state? What about the demand that killer cops be prosecuted, or that the government stop spying on the people, prosecute officials responsible for torture, and end the bloody and disastrous wars into which the US population has been dragged?

These, by implication, are not “meaningful and responsible.” They are therefore invalid and not under the purview of “First Amendment-protected” demands. Anyone making such demands, it is implied, falls under the FBI’s definition of a “violent extremist” and forfeits the rights enumerated in the US Constitution.

Holder, echoing Obama, also called on protesters to “adhere to non-aggression and non-violence.” It is worth noting that the US military-intelligence apparatus is the greatest purveyor of violence all over the world. Holder himself will go down in history as the attorney general who spelled out the doctrine that the US government has the right to assassinate American citizens, both abroad and within the borders of the United States, without due process.

What is becoming increasingly clear is that these extrajudicial powers are being asserted by the federal government for use not primarily against Islamic fundamentalists, but against any social movement that makes demands that the government does not accept as “meaningful and responsible.”

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Washington plans to arm the tribes in Anbar

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Document: Washington plans to arm the tribes Anbar

Revealed a document prepared by the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) to be submitted to Congress that Washington intends to buy weapons for the families of the men a year in Iraq, including Kalashnikov assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and mortar ammunition to support them in their fight against the state regulation in Anbar province.

Under the document, which was published content and the Reuters news agency, the US government is planning to spend $ 24 million on arming tribal fighters as part of a larger request to spend up to $ 1.6 billion to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

According to the agency, the document highlighted the importance given by the Pentagon to tribesmen within the overall strategy for the elimination of state regulation.

The document warned Congress not arming tribal fighters, saying it "will make the clans opposed to state regulation reluctant to address them effectively." 

A US official said the document filed to Congress last week. 

The document that American support for clans will be in coordination with the Iraqi government and through.

The United States hopes that published a limited number of military advisers in Anbar province that constitutes tribesmen year later part of the official of the Iraqi National Guard in the future.

She explained the details of the document that the amount of 1.24 billion will be spent on the Iraqi forces will be allocated in the amount of $ 354.8 million for the Kurdish forces.

The Iraqi tribes spearhead in the face of state regulation in Anbar and pay dearly for it.

And Saturday oldest militants "state regulation" tough to commit a new massacre against the Iraqi Sunni tribes , where they killed 25 people belonging to the clan Alibovhd near the city of Ramadi in Anbar province.

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America welcomes Erbil - Baghdad oil agreement and supports extending a pipeline from Basra to Turkey

Saturday, 22 November 2014 

America welcomes Erbil - Baghdad oil agreement and supports extending a pipeline from Basra to Turkey

 U.S. vice-president , Joe Biden welcomed on Saturday the agreement between the central government in Iraq and Kurdistan Region in the north of Iraq on oil exports

management as a step forward in resolving the dispute threatened the unity of Iraq.

After years of disagreements ,the two sides reached an agreement last week to give the Kurds half of the total oil exports to the Federal Government and Baghdad would pay overdue salaries of public employees in Kurdish region.

Biden said at the Atlantic Council summit of energy and economy held in Istanbul that , "I was pleased of the interim agreement, which was reached recently between Baghdad and Erbil on export management and revenue-sharing."

Oil was the main disagreement between the government in Baghdad and Kurdistan region, which is managed by Kurds.

Biden also said that Washington supports the development of an oil pipeline from the Iraqi city of Basra to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean seafront.

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Washington announced its support for the development of an oil pipeline from Basra to the Turkish port of Ceyhan

Snip .."A source at the North Oil Company, on Friday, the start of oil exports from the fields of Kirkuk at a rate of 150 thousand barrels per day to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, pointing out that these volumes will rise to 250 thousand barrels per day in the coming days ..:-)

Saturday November 22, 2014

Washington announced its support for the development of an oil pipeline from Basra to the Turkish port of Ceyhan

Baghdad - Announced the United States on Saturday, expressed support for the development of an oil pipeline stretching from the province of Basra to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, while welcomed the agreement between the governments of oil Baghdad and Erbil. 

The news "agency Reuters "for US Vice President Joe Biden said during the Atlantic Council Summit in Istanbul that " Washington supports the development of an oil pipeline from Basra province to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean seafront. " 

Biden said that "the United States welcomes the agreement between the Government of Iraq in Baghdad and central region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq on oil exports management. " 

The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed, on Saturday (November 22, 2014), expressed the hope that Baghdad and Erbil to coordinate and reach an agreement on the energy file, as pointed out that his meetings with Kurdish officials have been successful. 

He stressed Iraq's Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, on Friday (November 21, 2014), that the Iraqi government is seeking a common solution to all outstanding problems with the Turkish counterpart, while pointing out the importance of expanding investment and trade between the two countries, with the participation in the International Energy Conference held in Istanbul . 

A source at the North Oil Company, on Friday, the start of oil exports from the fields of Kirkuk at a rate of 150 thousand barrels per day to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, pointing out that these volumes will rise to 250 thousand barrels per day in the coming days.

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Qubad Talabani: Money sent from Baghdad "not enough" territory salaries

11/22/2014 

Qubad Talabani: Money sent from Baghdad "not enough" territory salaries

Revealed the Kurdistan Regional Government, the first on Thursday, said that the money sent from Baghdad "do not cover" territory salaries in light of the current financial crisis, indicating that Kurdistan will seek to secure salaries by relying on the Kurdish oil sales.

The deputy head of the territorial Government, Qubad Talabani, in an interview with a number of media, including the (long-Presse) on the sidelines Clauaz Festival in Sulaimaniya, "The money sent from Baghdad do not cover the entire territory salaries, but it will help the Government of the region in the salaries of the month of October to secure the past.

Talabani said, "The Government of the Territory will seek to give advances to contractors in Kurdistan of money sent in order to resume work on the stalled project months ago," adding that "the Government of the Territory continues its efforts to secure the salaries of employees of the Kurdish sale of oil revenues, as well as the money sent from Baghdad to help cover salaries.

And on the upcoming visit of the delegation of Government of the Territory to Baghdad to continue talks to finalize solutions to outstanding disagreements, Talabani said, "The date of the visit has not yet been identified.

The Festival (Clauaz) Forum culturally important for the sustainability of the relationship between the Kurds and Arab intellectuals, and combines the intellectuals of different orientations and nationalities and cultures, where they are eating for Humanitarian Dialogue which removes national differences and eliminates the "chauvinist ideology" between national components in Iraq, discusses the intellectuals Mmeltkiethm poetic and literary studies research and philosophical, as well as the establishment of the book shows, exhibitions of painting and other cultural events.

The Minister of Finance, announced on Wednesday, for the conversion of $ 500 million for the Kurdistan Regional Government, which is the first installment under the agreement signed between Arbil and Baghdad, and on handing over the territory government (150), thousand barrels per day to the central government, is likely to begin in the coming days round political and technical talks between the two parties to reach a practical and realistic solutions on entitlements and the center region.

Announced Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, in (November 13, 2014), agreed with the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the Federal Government to transfer $ 500 million for the region, and among the agreement to ensure that the Government of the Territory put 150 thousand barrels of crude oil per day at the disposal of the government Federal, regional president stressed that the government will visit Baghdad at the head of a delegation to develop a "comprehensive" and constitutional solutions to resolve outstanding issues.

It is noteworthy that the former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, instructed to cut the budget of the Kurdistan region since the beginning of the current year 2014, including staff salaries, against the backdrop of the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil.

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Iraq Banking Legislation In The Next Few Days.. Economists call for the restructuring of state-owned banks to provide performance equivalent to the opening of the Iraqi market

Snip .. A member of the committee MP Faleh Djiashi in a press statement, "The committee is working on legislation to restructure the banks and government Rafidain and Rasheed to free them from the domination of the Ministry of Finance and imbedded two major banks competitors for local and foreign banks law," adding that "this project will be submitted to the Presidency of the Parliament in the next few days for discussion and voting on it.

11/23/2014 

Economists call for the restructuring of state-owned banks to provide performance equivalent to the opening of the Iraqi market

BAGHDAD - Iraqi government economists called for "restructuring of banks in proportion to the global development of the global banks and keep up with economic openness with the countries of the world, and expressed their satisfaction over the decision of World Bank contribution to the restructuring of state-owned banks to raise the rate of the Iraqi development.

She said an economic expert Ikram Abdul Aziz in an interview for the "long", "The restructuring of the Rafidain and Rasheed is a holistic concept to secure the good performance of the financial, technical and administrative aspects so as to ensure a productive management of costs and this is done by the development and activation of the relevant job banks aspects.

"The World Bank allocated ten million dollars to re-structuring bank Rafidain and Rasheed in the coming years and to develop the electronic aspects and raise the level of financial transactions."

Abdul Aziz explained that "to go to the restructuring linked to resolving the bad debt problems for years as well as providing real opportunities for the development of banking staff skills to ensure the upgrading work of the two banks."

It showed that "the maid to the idea of ​​restructuring aspects is the need to train human resources and administrative and attract banking talent capable of securing revenue and provide banking services provide Maalikis rights of individuals and provide sufficient financial liquidity."

She pointed out that "there are external debts with great benefits pose burdens and obligations of the largest private capital Balmusrven addition to assets is a money orders issued to the Treasury finances the deficit in the public budget of the country."

She stressed that "the delay in the development of technological systems in which they can connect bank branches centralized information network management, due to lack of funding faced by the government banks."

It pointed out that "the government and private banks Rafidain and Rasheed possess a great history and a leading role in the field of development and development, covering important aspects of the financial needs of the country for the construction and establishment of major projects have contributed to the development of the country for the better."

Parliamentary Finance Committee and revealed its intention to restructure the legislation law Rafidain and Rasheed to free them from the domination of the Ministry of Finance, as pointed out that it continues to work on the development of the banking system in Iraq.

A member of the committee MP Faleh Djiashi in a press statement, "The committee is working on legislation to restructure the banks and government Rafidain and Rasheed to free them from the domination of the Ministry of Finance and imbedded two major banks competitors for local and foreign banks law," adding that "this project will be submitted to the Presidency of the Parliament in the next few days for discussion and voting on it.

He added that the members of the "House of Representatives, especially the parliamentary finance committee are working hard to upgrade the Iraqi banking system through the support of the banking sector legislation of laws," stressing "the importance of the Banking Act, legislation to support the banking sector in the country."

The economist said Mohammed Abdul Latif Al-Ani's "long", "The Banking Act despite repeated amendments do not keep pace with the great development witnessed in the Iraqi market since 2003 and is now opening up to the market at various levels."

He said. "Lack of experience of the development of State-owned banks in terms of size and nature of the activity and the type of services related to the weakness of the funds to contribute capital and non-banking services to keep pace with customer needs and limited activity, including not accommodate the needs of the local market."

Ani explained that "the Iraqi government and the duty to formulate development plans that advance the banking sector, the government, which represents 91% of the deposits, but was hit by helpless because of non-viable loans granted without adequate safeguards."

He said "there is a need for substantial restructuring of State-owned banks in proportion to the reality of the global economy, which has seen quantum leaps represented technological renaissance that facilitated and canceled a lot of routine obstacles experienced by customers."

He stressed that "the work on the restructuring of banks according to the suit and plans projects implemented by the government, so you must create an effective partnership between the state's economic institutions, most notably the official banks that would supplement the major projects of large liquidity-owned."

It is noteworthy that the Association of private banks in Iraq, said in (the fourth of January 2013), the number of private banks in Iraq reached 32 banks in two decades, in addition to the growing number of branches in Iraq to more than 500 branches and assets of these banks amounted to more than 12 trillion Iraqi dinars, as the volume of deposits in eight trillion dinars, cash credit and arrived in a total of three trillion and six billion dinars, while the capital of these banks and their reserves amounted to three trillion and three billion Iraqi dinars, and that the total profits of these banks exceeded Al477 billion dinars.

The study estimated that the local government banks' capital reached until October of 2012, the last end, a total of 754 billion dinars, compared with more than four billion dinars for private banks, and investment balances in banks operating in Iraq recorded up to 10/31/2012, a sum nearly six billion dinars (5.947), and the State-owned banks, including the share of 4.929 billion dinars, compared with 1.018 billion dinars for private banks.

The International Monetary Fund said in a report issued in (21 March 2013), after the end of the consultations held in Amman, Jordan, between a delegation from the Fund and the Iraqi delegation, headed by the former Minister of Planning Ali Shukri, and seen by the "long-Presse," that the improvement in the the financial sector, but stressed that it still needs a "greater than by the central bank in the revision of monetary policy and strengthen banking supervision tools efforts, and to accelerate the restructuring of the banking system."

He called on the International Monetary Fund and the Central Bank of Iraq to take measures towards the gradual liberalization of foreign exchange offer through auctions held by the Bank so as not to repeat disorders suffered by the financial market in the past year.

Fund and stressed that "the establishment of a national banking system requires abandoning the current model which controls state-owned weak banks that enjoy preferential treatment that distinguish them from private banks," calling on Iraq to do to strengthen public financial institutions to ensure efficiency and transparency in the use of oil revenues.

It is noteworthy that Iraq has seven banks owned by the state and 23 private banks and eight Islamic private banks, according to the central bank's website, while dominated by the banking sector, banks, Rafidain and Rasheed Aovernmaan, currently undergoing restructuring for debt accumulated after years of war and sanctions repay.

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Iraq's, Jubouri, in a visit to Jordan takes 3 days

11/23/2014

Jubouri in a visit to Jordan takes 3 days

Baghdad - The president of the parliament, Saleem al-Jubouri, on Saturday, to Amman on an official visit to Jordan for a three days during which he will hold talks with senior officials on the "challenges" facing the two countries, according to an official Jordanian source.

Jubouri said upon his arrival in Amman that "the visit will address a number of parliamentary issues and problems and challenges facing the two countries.

He praised al-Jubouri, the "Jordanian positive and pivotal role in the region", praising the role of the Kingdom in providing humanitarian aid to a number of areas on Iraqi soil.

And sent the Kingdom on the tenth of this month, a cargo plane loaded with humanitarian aid "big" to Anbar province in western Iraq.

For his part, welcomed the President of the Jordanian House of Representatives Atef Tarawneh, in remarks to the Jordan News Agency Paljbura accompanying delegation from the "Iraqi parliamentarians and parliamentarians representing all shades of the Iraqi people.

And meet with al-Jubouri, during his visit to the Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah eagles and a key House of Representatives and the Senate. The visit by al-Jubouri, the kingdom nearly a month after the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

He told Jordan Abadi, who controls the organization of the Islamic state on large areas of the country, that the kingdom "Iraq wants to be strong and not torn," all the components of the people involved in its construction.

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US, Canada & Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN

​November 22, 2014 

US, Canada & Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN

UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes. The US, Canada and Ukraine were the only countries to vote against it.

The resolution was passed on Friday by the committee, which is tasked with tackling social and humanitarian issues and human rights abuses, by 115 votes against three, with 55 nations abstaining, Tass news agency reported.

The document voiced concern over the rise of racism-driven crimes around the world and the influence that parties with extremist agendas are gaining.

It called for a universal adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Many nations including the US, the UK, China and India, signed the convention but did not recognize a mechanism resolving individual complaints it establishes, which makes the convention unenforceable in their jurisdictions.

The resolution also decried attempts to whitewash Nazi collaborators by depicting them as fighters of nationalist resistance movements and honoring them as such.

It condemned any form of denial of Nazi war crimes, including the Jewish Holocaust.
Russia, which submitted the draft resolution, said it regretted that it could not be adopted anonymously.

“The fact that the US, Canada and Ukraine voted against, while delegations from EU member states abstained in the vote on this draft resolution, which was supported by an overwhelming majority of the UN member states, is extremely regrettable,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Ukraine’s position is particularly dispiriting and alarming. One can hardly understand how a country, the people of which suffered their full share of the horrors of Nazism and contributed significantly to our common victory against it, can vote against a resolution condemning its glorification,” the ministry said.

Moscow proposes similar documents to the UN General Assembly annually, but the US and Canada have consistently voted against them. Ukraine is a new nation among the opponents, as in previous years it has abstained.

Kiev’s representative at the session, Andrey Tsymbalyuk, said that while Ukraine did condemn Nazism and neo-Nazism, it could not endorse the Russian resolution, because it suffered not only from Nazism, but also from Stalinism in the past.

“As long as Stalinism and neo-Stalinism are not condemned as strongly as Nazism, neo-Nazism and other forms of hatred, Ukraine would not be able to back this document,” the diplomat said.

The resolution is to be formally adopted by the UN General Assembly as a body in December

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Turkey a guarantor for energy peace in Iraq

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Biden .. Welcome oil agreement between Erbil and Baghdad


November 21,  2014

Turkey a guarantor for energy peace in Iraq

Turkey stands as a guarantor for energy peace between Baghdad and Erbil, head of an international energy company says

Turkey is a guarantor for energy peace between Baghdad and Erbil, according to the CEO of an international energy company operating in Iraq.

A dispute between Baghdad and Erbil over the sale of oil turned into an international legal wrangle as the Iraqi government brought a lawsuit against the Kurdish Regional Government, KRG, in foreign courts. 

However, the central government and the KRG signed a temporary agreement to settle the oil dispute last week, clearing the way for a permanent settlement to be enacted in a joint hydrocarbon law.

"Turkey is a natural guarantor for energy peace between Baghdad and Erbil," Mehmet Sepil, CEO of Genel Energy-- one of the biggest international energy companies operating in Iraq-- told The Anadolu Agency.

Biden .. Welcome oil agreement between Erbil and Baghdad

November 22, 2014

Welcome oil agreement between Arbil and Baghdad

Joe Biden, US vice-president on Saturday welcomed the agreement between the central government in Iraq and the Kurdistan region on the management of oil exports as a step forward in resolving the dispute threatened the unity of Iraq. 

Biden said at the top of the Atlantic Council of the energy and the economy, held in Istanbul, on Saturday, "the pleasure of the interim agreement, which was reached recently between Baghdad and Erbil on export management and revenue-sharing." 

Biden said that Washington supports the development of an oil pipeline from the Iraqi city of Basra to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean seafront. 

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