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Lawmaker blames absence of parliament watch for Kurdistan fuel cut

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Lawmaker blames absence of parliament watch for Kurdistan fuel cut

Post  Shilo on Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:54 pm

Lawmaker blames absence of parliament watch for Kurdistan fuel cut

Tuesday, September 7th 2010 10:50 AM

Dohuk, Sept. 7 (AKnews) – A Kurdish legislator to the Iraqi parliament argued on Tuesday that the decision by Iraqi oil ministry to cut half of the fuel share of the Kurdistan Region is one of the consequences of the delay in forming the new Iraqi government and the lack of monitoring by the parliament.

The Iraqi oil ministry recently decided to cut half of the fuel share of Kurdistan after the Kurdish government signed a deal with a German company to export natural gas to Europe.

The decision originally passed on Aug. 24 reduced by fifty percent Kurdistan’s share of natural gas and kerosene. However, no date has been set for the implementation of the decision.

Speaking to AKnews, Viyan Dakhil, a member of Iraqi parliament from the Kurdish factions criticized the Iraqi oil minister, Hussein Shahrestani, for passing an "unauthorized" order.

Oil is a public resource and Kurdistan Region as a part of Iraq can claim its share from this resource therefore, “constitutionally or legally Shahrestani does not have the right to withhold this right," she said.

Dakhil went on to say that "the cut is an outcome of the delay in forming the new cabinet as well as the absence of parliament supervision over the conduct of the caretaker ministries of Iraq."

She praised the role of the Kurdish officials for trying to settle the dispute over fuel cut quietly and through diplomatic means.

The disputes between Iraqi and Kurdish government over Kurdistan’s oil contracts as well as oil and gas law still continue. In June 2009, Kurdistan began exporting its crude oil through Turkey which was halted due to the disagreements with Baghdad.

As a result of the disagreements over the three top positions of the government, the Iraqi lawmakers have not been able yet to from the next government nearly seven months after the March parliamentary elections.

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