MilletPress March 9, 2016
According to a member of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament, Kurdistan’s oil flow through Turkey is still being blocked for no reason. He also claims that Turkey has not allowed any Kurdish committee to visit the area yet.
Goran Azad, an MP from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) faction wrote on his official Facebook account: “Kurdistan’s oil flow through Turkey has been stopped since 17 February 2016. The only source of income for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish people is oil proceeds. The Economic crisis has reached its zenith.”
According to the oil contracts between Iraq and Turkey, whenever and for whatever reason (except for natural disasters such as flood or earthquake) Iraq cannot export oil to Turkey, Turkey will be REQUIRED to compensate for all the financial losses Baghdad incurs.
MP Goran asks: “Is the same condition included in the 50-year-long, KRG-Turkish agreement? And if yes, is Turkey ready to compensate the KRG?” He also adds that, “based on the KRG-Turkish agreement, the KRG has a right to file a complaint against Turkey in a Swiss court if any disagreement appears. Have the KRG authorities thought of this option at all?”
It is worth mentioning that Turkey accused the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK ) of exploding the now-controversial pipeline in Urfa; an accusation which was harshly criticized and refuted by the PKK executive member Murat Karayilan who accused Ankara of trying to sow seeds of disunity among his party and the KRG.