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Iraq’s Kurdistan Region: We Can Be Reliable Energy Source for Europe

By RÛDAW 23/3/2013
“But we need to think about finding a way to get that oil and gas to the world market,” Photo: AP
“But we need to think about finding a way to get that oil and gas to the world market,” Photo: AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Kurdistan Region can become a reliable source of energy for Europe, the autonomous enclave’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


“The Kurdish government and Iraq can play together an important part in providing energy for Turkey, Germany and other European countries,” said Barzani, who met with Merkel at the Global Conference for Energy Security in Berlin.


“Exploration for oil in Kurdistan is continuing,” Barzani said in a speech at the conference.  “But we need to think about finding a way to get that oil and gas to the world market,” he added.

The Kurds, who gained autonomy after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein, are locked in a serious row with the Arab-led central government in Baghdad over oil exploration and exports.


The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has signed several oil exploration deals with foreign companies, which Baghdad refuses to recognize, saying only the central government is empowered to enter such agreements.

On the same grounds, Baghdad also opposes oil export agreements signed by the enclave, which is keen to supply energy-hungry Turkey, and get to international markets through its northwestern neighbor.


In his speech, Barzani said that Iraqi oil and gas is also in need of a better way of reaching global markets.

“The amount of untapped oil and gas discovered since 2007 can become a future source of energy for Europe,” Barzani said.


“By finishing the construction of an oil pipeline in 2019, the region can export more than three million barrels of oil daily, which means an increase in Iraq’s oil revenue,” the premier noted, adding that an improvement in Iraq’s economy would contribute to national stability.
 

He also told German officials that his government is working to solve its disputes with Baghdad “through dialogue and adherence to Iraq’s constitution.”


Another one of the KRG’s disputes with Baghdad is over disputed energy-rich regions, such as Kirkuk, which is claimed by both sides.


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qasim | 30/3/2013
I hope in near future, your Kurdish brothers and sisters of the north and west will have a saying in your unconscious promotion of Tirkish interests in the region.
Dio | 31/3/2013
@qasim where are you kurd from, iraqi kurds have sacrificed lives to get where they are, if you want the same freedom kurds from other parts should fight then sitting on their ass and get oppressed, the only kurds who have done alot for kurdistan is iraqi kurds and turkish kurds who have fought for a long time for kurdstan, but iranian and syrian kurds have done nothing, maybe they like being part of iran and syria instead of kurd
Dewran Kurdistan
Dewran Kurdistan | 1/4/2013
@Dio That was a VERY ignorant comment. And I will tell you why it is an ignorant comment. Firstly, please refrain of calling us Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian, Turkish Kurds. We are Kurdistanis of Kurdistan. You can refer Kurds to their respective parts, like West, East, South or North Kurdistan. You can also say Bakur, Bashur, Rojava and Rojhelat. Secondly, West [Syrian] Kurdistanis have done A LOT. You have just not heard of them that too much, because they are what we call them, the "forgotten Kurds". May I remind you that, West Kurdistan does not have many mountains, as the other parts do? West Kurdistan is in fact, a huge long stripe of land. Also, doesn't 2004 Qamislo riots ring a bell? Moreover, what about the current revolution in West Kurdistan? They're protecting every bit of Kurdish land, from Kurdish land in Heleb to Serekaniye. Also, do not forget that many of the PKK fighters are also from West Kurdistan. Thirdly, East [Iranian] Kurdistanis have done actually much too. Many of the greatest Kurdish leaders are from East Kurdistan. A great republic like the Republic of Mahabad was created. Parties such as PDKI and Komala are right now training up in the mountains. Getting ready for something to happen in Iran, most likely a US-Iran war. Also, PJAK, a PKK branch, that fights for East Kurdistan, made the Iranian army get hundreds of casualties, like over 30 commanders, a general and hundreds of soldiers. The reason why every Kurdish party has stopped their activities is because of Iran's ruthlessness. Every time they got defeated in a battle, they went on and killing civilians. That is not the case with Turkey anymore. Turkey has Human rights organizations and EU watching over them, Iran does not, therefore they are ruthless. Every Kurdish part has done a lot. As I said, a very ignorant comment.
Dio | 6/4/2013
@dewran thats your opinion, but without sacrifice no freedom , you can't fight one day then Quit next day, sorry but west kurds and East give up to fast, south did not give up even though saddam killed civilians did they ?, we got gased and massacred thats what we sacrificed to get where we are, west kurdistan is now doing what they should long time ago yes, and East can Train all they want but you can't Wait for someone Else to free your land, pdki and komala have fled to south they are training there and west kurds are backed by pdk and puk in south kurdistan, im not hating but i want kurds to fight for kurdistan or it Will never be free, im happy that west kurds are not in control of their part but i wonder if they Will fight after assad when fsa and jihadist Will attack them because they Will not accept splitting syria, and East we Will se if they are loyal to kurdistan when Israel bombs iran
Dio | 6/4/2013
One more thing East only leaders who are famous are qhassemlou and qazi Muhammed , west ive have never heard of leaders, south has most of leaders who are most known, massoud barzani, Mustafa barzani, kosrat, mam jalal, barznji
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