Baghdad does not believe in federalism: Mahmoud Osman tells Kurdpress
A former Iraqi parliament deputy Mahmoud Osman said disputes between Kurdistan Regional government and the central government in Baghdad too deep to be solved by recent agreements as Baghdad basically does not believe in federalism and an autonomous region in the north.

Speaking to Kurdpress the veteran politician said the rifts between the two governments are far deeper than what politicians and the media claim, adding that Article 140 has not been put into action and no agreement has been made on oil and gas law and “the recent agreements are temporal.”

He went on to say that Baghdad basically is not with the region to have its own forces of Peshmerga and export its oil.

Erbil and Baghdad agreed last year that the Kurdish region would export 250000 barrels of oil from oil wells in the enclave and 300000 barrels from northern province of Kirkuk, in the disputed region that is claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil and fell to the control of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces after the Islamic State (IS) insurgency in Iraq.

Paying the region’s share of the national budget is another issue that has deepened rifts between the two governments. The issue was discussed in recent Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani’s visit to Baghdad, but the central government said it suffers from enough money to pay the region.

News Code: 9786  |  Date: 2015/03/05  |  Time: 14 : 14

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