A State­ment by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - Qubad Tal­a­bani Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov ern­ment

There have re­cently been some in­ac­cu­rate pub­lic state­ments re­gard­ing fuel pric­ing pol­icy in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. We there­fore wish to re­as­sure the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan that the fuel price in­crease, as de­cided on by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Oil and Gas Coun­cil, is re­lated to the cur­rent eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, and mil­i­tary sit­u­a­tion now fac­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

This in­crease comes as a ne­ces­sity given that we must man­age the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s bud­get and gov­ern­ment de­spite not re­ceiv­ing our share of the bud­get from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for eight months, while at the same time fight­ing against the ter­ror­ist mil­i­tants and try­ing to man­age the in­flux of more than 850,000 civil­ians from Iraq who have taken refuge in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Oil and Gas Coun­cil’s pri­or­ity is also to en­sure the pay­ment of salaries to civil ser­vants. Fuel pric­ing de­ci­sions are re­lated to the cur­rent cri­sis fac­ing the Re­gion. The KRG and all blocks and po­lit­i­cal par­ties to­gether, in con­sen­sus, de­cided on fuel prices, so there should not be ac­cu­sa­tions from any side against the oth­ers.

We hope that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, and non-gov­ern­men­tal in­sti­tu­tions un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion and re­spond to the cur­rent cir­cum­stances re­spon­si­bly and act ac­cord­ingly. Po­lit­i­cal grand­stand­ing and mis­lead­ing state­ments re­gard­ing this is­sue do not serve any­one’s in­ter­est. We re­as­sure ev­ery­one that we will re­view all such de­ci­sions as the sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion im­proves. We re­main com­mit­ted to work­ing for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and we will con­tinue to ex­ert ev­ery ef­fort to serve them.

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