KRG Strongly con­demns at­tack on Turkey-KRG oil pipe­line

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Mil­i­tants have at­tacked the Kirkuk-Yu­mur­ta­lik oil pipe­line in the south­ern Turk­ish prov­ince of San­li­urfa, in­ter­rupt­ing oil ex­ports from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) in north­ern Iraq to Turkey.

The at­tack was blamed on the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK), which had ear­lier con­demned ef­forts be­tween the KRG and Turkey to strengthen oil and gas ex­port ties.

The KRG Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­istry strongly con­demned the at­tack, hop­ing to play on Kur­dish sen­ti­ments and the eco­nomic pres­sures on the KRG as its Pesh­merga forces bat­tle the Is­lamic State (ISIS) in north­ern Iraq.

The KRG has called on the Turk­ish govern­ment to adopt more se­cu­rity mea­sures to pro­tect the part of the pipe­line that runs through Turk­ish ter­ri­tory.

Ear­lier this week, a group founded by the PKK is­sued state­ments in di­rect op­po­si­tion to the KRG’s nat­u­ral gas plans with Turkey, which the group said would bol­ster Turkey eco­nom­i­cally and there­fore must be op­posed at a time when the Turk­ish govern­ment is at war with the PKK and “com­mit­ting mas­sacres in north­ern Kur­dis­tan [south­east­ern Turkey]”.

"They want to use the nat­u­ral re­sources of Kur­dis­tan as a source of life for the Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP)," lo­cal me­dia quoted Demhat Agid, a spokesper­son for the KCK, as say­ing in ref­er­ence to the KRG-Turkey nat­u­ral gas deal.

The KRG strongly con­demned what it called the PKK’s “threat­en­ing state­ments”.

The KRG plans to launch nat­u­ral gas sup­plies to Turkey by the end of this year.

It is not the first time the PKK has at­tacked oil pipe­lines in this area. In Au­gust last year, a sim­i­lar at­tack cost the KRG some $250 mil­lion when oil ex­ports were tem­po­rar­ily halted.

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