ANKARA, July 16 (KUNA) -- Turkey Monday refused to be involved in the
conflict between the government in Baghdad and the administration in Iraq's
Kurdistan province over crude oil export to Turkish refineries.
Turkey was reacting to Iraqi government spokesman Ali Dabbagh who warned
Ankara against importing crude oil directly from the Kurdish administration.
Dabbagh accused Turkey of fueling tension between the central government in
Baghdad and the Kurds.
"The conflict is between the government in Baghdad and the Kurdish
administration and Turkey has no role in it," Turkish foreign ministry
spokesman Selcuk Unal said in a statement.
This issue is pure Iraqi affair, he added.
Unal said the administration in Iraq's Kurdistan province has sent a crude
oil shipment for Turkish refineries. He called on Baghdad and Irbil to resolve
their differences over oil sharing away from Turkey.
Dabbagh also warned that Turkey's import of oil from northern Iraq without
approval of Baghdad would harm trade relations between Turkey and Iraq.
Turkey announced last week that the administration in Iraq's Kurdistan
province began crude oil exports in accordance with an agreement both sides
reached last month. Ten tankers loaded with crude oil travel to Turkey each
Turkey also said crude oil was refined for the use of Kurdistan's
Reports suggest that Irbil began direct crude oil exports after the
government of Baghdad reduced quantities of oil derivatives sent to the
The Iraqi government aruges that oil revenues should be shared with Baghdad
and be controlled by the central government. (end)
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