(Voice of Iraq) - 12-10-2006
A new draft law gives the government the power to the distribution of oil revenues in Iraq
Drafted by a panel of politicians and ministers Iraqis and Americans recommended a census
BAGHDAD : Edward Wong *
Official sources said that the Iraqi officials and Americans on the verge of reaching agreement on a national law, whereby the central government to the Iraqi authority to distribute the proceeds of Iraqi oil, current and future, to the provinces and territories, depending on the number of inhabitants.
The Sunni Arabs had become allies in the Drafting Committee with the Shiites against the Kurds, who sought to buy control of the oil sector in the Kurdish self-rule areas. The region of Iraqi Kurdistan has been autonomous since the actual 1991 when the United States had established a no-fly zone there. He urged both General George Casey, commander of the American forces in Iraq, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador in Iraq, Iraqi politicians on a law of Iraqi oil at the top of their agenda, stressing the need to leave before the end of this year. An American official beginning, who requested anonymity, that the Drafting Committee was formed of ministers and politicians from the Sunni and Shiite bloc and the Kurds in the Iraqi government. The talks began a few months ago, however, the Commission has accelerated its steps in recent times. Officials said American and Iraqi Kurds have strongly favors, the start of the talks, stressed the need to give regional governments the authority to collect and distribute the proceeds of oil from the fields to the future, as also suggested revenue-sharing between the provinces, on the basis of population and the crimes committed against the people during the rule of Saddam Hussein. The aim of this proposal is to give the Shiites and the Kurds share of the oil wealth more.