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Kurds aren't waiting

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Jul 4, 2005
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If the Kurds insist on going ahead with this agreement, who's going to stop them? Not the Iraqi Army. Excerpts; link below; my emphasis.

"A controversial oil exploration deal between Iraq's autonomy-minded Kurds and a Norwegian company got under way this week without the approval of the central government here, raising a potentially explosive issue at a time of heightened ethnic and sectarian tensions."

"Drilling began after a ceremony Tuesday during which Nechirwan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdish northern region, vowed "there is no way Kurdistan would accept that the central government will control our resources," according to news agency reports.

In Baghdad, political leaders on Wednesday reacted to the deal with astonishment.

"We need to figure out if this is allowed in the constitution," said Adnan Ali Kadhimi, an adviser to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. "Nobody has mentioned it. It has not come up among the government ministers council. It has not been on their agenda."

"Iraq's neighbors also fear the possibility of Iraqi Kurds using revenue generated by oil to fund an independent state that might lead the 30 million Kurds in Turkey, Iran and Syria to revolt."


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