Kirkuk wants to be part of Kurdistan’s economic independence
Despite the expectations that Baghdad would pay some IQD 1 trillion to Kurdistan this month as per its oil deal with Erbil, but only half of this amount was sent.
Observers argue that continuing to depend on Baghdad, would endanger the economy of Kurdistan and is nothing more than waste of time, and hence they recommend that the Kurdish leadership needs to think of economic independence.
According to a journalist, defining Kurdistan Region’s borders and announcing economic independence is the best solution.
“In the near future this border will be defined, which will include Kirkuk, Khurmatoo and all other Kurdistani areas,” argues Hunar Ahmed, a local Kurdish journalist.
“When announcing in- dependence, Kurdistan should include Kirkuk as well, since Baghdad is not willing to spend this city’s budget and it is expected that in the near future Kirkuk’s budget would be cut as well. Hence it is better if KRG and Kirkuk authorities think about selling Kurdistan and Kirkuk oil together independent of Baghdad, which is com- pletely legal.”
Ahmed says Iraq has lost its statehood criteria and nothing can be expected from it; and any agreement is made. It is among political groups not with the state.
“What keeps Baghdad and Erbil together is only money and budget, and I don’t think continuing this dialogue would have any significant result.
This Kirkuki journalist believes that Baghdad agrees with Kurdistan’s economic independence without Kirkuk, but including Kirkuk in the equation needs international agreement.
“Without economic independence, we cannot announce political independence,” says Rebaz Noori, a university professor at the Salahaddin University’s Economic and Administration College. “Otherwise it will have the same destiny as the Republic of Kurdistan.”
Professor Noori says if the Kurdish government and political parties could reach a positive agreement with Baghdad in the interest of Kurds, it would be a good idea, “otherwise the other option for the Region should be economic independence to save Kurdish people from this dilemma and concerns.”
“Announcing economic independence should be through international relations, for which Kurdistan needs to work hard and get warrantees,” said Noori. “If not we will lose both Baghdad and the oil buyers, and if the buyers are not dependable, such a move would cost us a lot.”
The university professor argues that Baghdad is only wasting time otherwise does not want to respect its agreements with KRG.
“[Baghdad] reiterates its commitment with the agreement in the media, but the reality is completely different.”