Iraq still re­fuses to send KRG’s fi­nan­cial bud­get share

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment and Par­lia­ment and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Coun­cil of Min­is­ters to­day met in Er­bil to dis­cuss the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment signed on 2 De­cem­ber 2014 be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion of data and in­for­ma­tion on the quan­tity of oil that Kur­dis­tan has ex­ported, the par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing agreed on the fol­low­ing:

1. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has abided by the terms of the agree­ment and the Iraqi bud­get law of 2015, as it has ex­ported the amount of oil stip­u­lated in the agree­ment. Re­gret­tably, the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, in re­turn, did not abide by its obligations of send­ing the fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­i­ties of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. This comes as Kur­dis­tan Re­gion en­dures heavy fi­nan­cial bur­den due to its 2014 bud­get be­ing with­held by the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, con­ducts a fierce strug­gle against ter­ror­ism and ac- com­mo­dates more than one and half mil­lion refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple. The im­pact of th­ese dif­fi­cul­ties on the Re­gion is not be­ing taken into con­sid­er­a­tion by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

2. The meet­ing stressed on con­tin­u­ing at­tempts to solve is­sues and prob­lems through dia­logue with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

3. The Kur­dis­tan Re- gional Gov­ern­ment will abide by the agree­ment with Bagh­dad and the Iraqi bud­get law of 2015. How­ever if dia­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment do not lead to any re­sult, and if the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to vi­o­late the Iraqi bud­get law of 2015 and with­hold Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­i­ties, the KRG will re­sort to other so­lu­tions to en­sure the nec­es­sary bud­get for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

4. The meet­ing called on the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to set­tle the is­sues be­tween KRG and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment based on its po­lit­i­cal pro­gramme, and abide by the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion and its laws.

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