Friday, September 10, 2010

Interesting footnote to the preceding, Number 1

According to Monday Morning (Lebanon) for the week of September 6, Falah Mustafa, head of foreign relations on the Kurdistan Ministers Council, has rejected a statement from the Iraqi Oil Ministry,
which described as illegal an agreement recently signed between the regional government and a German energy firm.

“We will not wait on orders from a ministry that has no production and is as unsuccessful as the Oil Ministry of Iraq, which wasted billions of dollars without providing any electricity and energy services during all the past years”,
Mustafa said.
Talks on the allocation of Iraq’s natural resources are deadlocked, and Baghdad refuses to recognize contracts which the Kurdish regional government, based in the northern city of Arbil, has signed with foreign oil companies.
A lack of recognition which the regional government appears determined to ignore. It continues to amaze me how much of the mainstream coverage of events in Iraq refers to the Sunni-Shiite divide without even mentioning the Kurds and their always-fragile relations with the central government.

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