Turkey must end 'illegal' Kurdish oil exports: Iraq
AFPBAGHDAD--Turkey must stop accepting “illegal” transfers of crude oil from the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said on Sunday.
July 16, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
“Turkey must stop the unauthorized export of oil through its land,” Dabbagh said in a statement. “Exporting oil from the Kurdistan region to Turkey is illegal.”
He warned that Turkey was contributing to the “smuggling of Iraqi oil” and said: “This matter will affect relations between the two countries, especially economic relations, which will be damaged.”
Dabbagh added: “This oil and gas is the property of all Iraqis and it must be exported by, and its revenues go to, the federal government, which represents all Iraqis.”