Despite U.S. Objections, Iraq Kurds Push Forward With Construction of an Oil Export Pipeline to Turkey

by Colonel on February 7, 2013

“Iraqi Kurdistan will press ahead with building its own oil export pipeline to Turkey, the region’s energy minister said on Thursday, despite U.S. objections due to fears the project could lead to the break-up of Iraq.

Baghdad says it alone has the authority to control exports of the world’s fourth largest oil reserves, while the Kurds say their right to do so is enshrined in Iraq’s federal constitution, drawn up following the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Crude from the Kurdistan region used to be shipped to world markets through a Baghdad-controlled pipeline to Turkey.

The United States says the solution lies in a national hydrocarbons law that has been delayed for years by a power struggle between Iraq’s Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish factions, which has intensified since U.S. troops withdrew a year ago.

” – (Reporting by Isabel Coles in Arbil and Nick Tattersall in Ankara; Editing by Anthony Barker), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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