Releasing a statement on the presidency website, Barzani denied Maliki accusations and said the region has prepared documents about the allegations and would release them soon.
The region’s president challenged Maliki by saying “Anyone who has documents about illegal oil exportation is better to disclose them.”
“We will punish those who breach and violate the law,” Barzani said.
The Kurdish president added a joint investigation committee comprised of Iraqi parliament, Kurdistan Region’s parliament, oil Minister and Finance Minister representatives of Iraq and Kurdistan was due to be made after Maliki’s accusation in 4/4/2012, but it was to no avail.
He further criticized Maliki’s speech that Kurdistan opposition Change Movement has been deprived of ministry posts in Baghdad and said: “we asked Change leaders to attend in the Kurdistan Alliance but they rejected. “After Maliki’s call we said you can grant yor party’s posts to the movement,” the statement quoted Barzani as saying.
Maliki and some Iraqi senior officials have accused Kurdistan Region of smuggling crude oil out of Iraq.
In an early May interview to NRT, Maliki also criticized Barzani for depriving Change Movement officials from ministry posts.