Kurds agree --- Erbil, Baghdad, 19 April (AKI) - The regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan has reached a definitive accord with the central government in Baghdad on the law on oil according to the Kurdish regional prime minister Neghervan Barzani, quoted by Kurdish language newspaper Aso. Barzani said that the bill "was about to be handed over to parliament" for approval. "
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Erbil, Baghdad, 19 April (AKI) - The regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan has reached a definitive accord with the central government in Baghdad on the law on oil according to the Kurdish regional prime minister Neghervan Barzani, quoted by Kurdish language newspaper Aso. Barzani said that the bill "was about to be handed over to parliament" for approval. However the same newspaper also carried comments by the regional minister for natural resources Ashti Horami, that "the law on oil is Baathist and chauvinist and reiterates the centrality of power through the creation of a state oil company."
Horami said this law should be thrown in the rubbish as it was in contrast with the constitution. The government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region continues to work according to the contracts signed with the foreign investment companies in the oil sector.
The minister explained that "the differences are mainly over the volume of foreign investment in the oil sector."
"The new project concentrates 82 percent of the extraction of crude oil in the hands of the State Oil Company, leaving only 18 percent for foreign firms," he said.
The current Iraqi constitution is vague on control over oil, stating only existing oil is within the central government's purview and leaving all new or future oil in limbo.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), interprets this to mean everything not explicitly detailed for the federal government implicitly falls under regional control.
For his part the deputy of the Sunni Iraqi Concord Front, Husayn al-Falluji refused to comment on the description of the law as "baathist" but told Adnkronos International (AKI) that the time was not right for proposing such a law in that it was the subject of wide debate and said "the government should delay approving it".
At a moment of such gravity for Iraq, Falluki said, there was no need to "add another motive for divergences increasing the current abyss between the people and the government."
Kurds agree --- Erbil, Baghdad, 19 April (AKI) - The regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan has reached a DEFINITIVE accord with the central government in Baghdad on the law on oil according to the Kurdish regional prime minister Neghervan Barzani, quoted by Kurdish language newspaper Aso. Barzani said that the bill "was about to be handed over to parliament" for approval. "
Maybe this is the FINAL approval needed for passing the HCL!?
To bad we didn't know about it being "approved" one section at a time!
The Government has the final say concerning the dinar
From what I am reading is that this version worked out over the past couple of days, went to the center point of the Iraqi Oil Lobby (yes they do have), the Oil Workers Union and the Nationalists who were very concerned with the rates of profit that the foreign oil companies were to get (70% was a number given) and the length of contracts (up to 30-40 years) the new law seems to have been rewritten to make it more acceptable with profits in the 20-30% range and only 4 year contracts or a four year review on contracts - depending upon how you read the reports.
The Kurds main problem was/is with the section of the law the spells out (or doesn't) the contract process and more importantly, local control over the contract process to include regional oversight to approve or reject oil deal(s) within their region.
The Central Government gave the Kurds a verbal agreement on the last draft to get their approval...Maybe, this time they got more...more importantly, as they are near a shoot war with Turkey and Turkey Generals announcing timetables for military strikes within Iraqi Kurdastan...it may be that they now feel a need for a strong central government to ride to their aid if Turkey does attack...
In my opinion the Iraqi Government has been told the realitiy that unless they are going into the 1-4 May Meetings with all their ducks in a row...they are out! We will have to explore other political options to include disolving the current government or turn a blind eye to a coupe...
Look and see at the media attention and spin this event is generating...even the US Treasury issued a press release on the event...this is being spinned as the Mother of all political/economic meetings of our generation...Do you think we will have or would take the political chance of having Dear Connie left standing at the alter by the Iraqis...This thing is being spun too greatly that we have not already made sure that all the deals are signed, seal and only need to be signed in front of the World's Media...If so, Connie's President will win the victory he proclaimed years ago and his real victory will be the political destruction of the Democratic Party...and may well insure him a place in the history books as having been right....
So in crunch time...painting into a hopeless corner...the Iraqis usually do come through...or go on vacation...but, this time I think that they will...because if they don't, the current leadership has no tomorrow...and, thus, saddly no more paid vacations...only a quick retirement...Thank God they did get the Pention Law passed...
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