The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani said the province is trying to be independent in the production of electricity and oil and it is ready to export 250 thousand barrels of crude oil per day.”
Barzani said, during being hosted by the Parliament of the Kurdistan region today, according to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) site: “The Kurds will not return back, and the era of issuing decisions from Baghdad has ended.”
He added:” Baghdad has not shown any step to address the crisis in spite of repeated attempts by the provincial government.”
He added : ” There are no constitutional text emphasizes the uniqueness of SOMO to export region’s oil,” noting : “The region expressed readiness to export 100 thousand barrels of crude oil a day, but Baghdad refused that ” , stressing region’s readiness to export 250 000 barrels per day , which would be monitored by the Parliament of Kurdistan.”
He concluded: “The decision to cut the salaries and entitlements of staff of the region was issued by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as well as delay sending the territorial budget before we export crude oil to Turkey ,” noting that there is no guarantee of sent the region’s budget again. Noting: “The salaries of the staff of the region amounting to 850 billion dinars a month did not reach them, and Baghdad has sent 10% of the budget of the region not 17%.