Kirkuk wants to be part of Kur­dis­tan’s eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence

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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.”

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