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Kurds offer to export 100,000 bpd of oil in Iraq row

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region pledged Thursday to export 100,000 barrels of oil per day through central government-controlled pipelines in a bid to resolve an impasse with Baghdad ahead of elections. The Kurds and the government are locked in a row over energy exports, in which Baghdad has choked off funds to the northern region, draining its reserves, as the two sides spar over a national budget that would penalise the Kurds for failing to meet export targets as well as other issues tied to energy sector regulation.

Kurds offer to export 100,000 bpd of oil in Iraq row

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region pledged on Thursday to export 100,000 barrels of oil per day through central government-controlled pipelines in a bid to resolve an impasse with Baghdad. The move comes with Kurdish authorities in Arbil and the central government locked in a row over energy exports in which Baghdad has choked off funds to the northern region, draining its reserves.

Iraq's Maliki warns Kurds of funding cuts if they pipe oil exports to Turkey

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki threatened on Sunday to cut central government funding for Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region if the Kurds pursued a drive to pipe oil exports to Turkey without Baghdad's approval. "This is a constitutional violation which we will never allow, not for the (Kurdistan) region nor for the Turkish government," Maliki told Reuters in an interview. (Writing by Alistair Lyon, editing by William Hardy)

Iraq slams Kurdish region over independent oil sale

Iraq's oil ministry sharply criticised the autonomous Kurdish region on Friday for its move to sell oil independently, saying it was a violation of the constitution and amounts to smuggling. The strongly-worded statement came after Kurdish authorities announced that its first shipment of crude oil exported directly to Turkey had gone on sale, with more expected to follow. It is just the latest chapter in a long-running tussle between the federal government and the Kurdistan region over natural resources.

Iraqi Kurds say they've started exporting oil through Turkey without Baghdad approval

BAGHDAD - The authorities in Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region say they've unilaterally started exporting crude oil through Turkey despite objections by the central government in Baghdad. The Kurds' regional Natural Resources Ministry said in a statement late Wednesday that pumping started in early January. The oil is being shipped north through a newly constructed pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, bypassing Baghdad.

Oil shipments from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey begin

Oil exports from Iraqi Kurdistan to the southern Turkish port of Ceyhan have started, the energy minister said on Thursday. "The flow of oil from Iraq to Ceyhan has started and being stored in tanks," Taner Yildiz told local media. But the minister said the Kurdish oil would not be shipped to international markets without the consent of Baghdad which insists that all energy sales should be via the central Iraqi government. His comments came amid long-running tensions between Ankara and Baghdad over oil exports from the Kurdish region.

4 kidnapped Turkish soldiers released

4 kidnapped Turkish soldiers released ANKARA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) released on Monday four Turkish soldiers who were kidnapped in southeastern Turkey on Sunday evening, private Dogan news agency reported. The freed four Turkish soldiers were sent to the headquarters of the Turkish security forces in the region, according to the report.

Turkish PM accuses PKK militants of kidnapping 4 soldiers

Turkish PM accuses PKK militants of kidnapping 4 soldiers ANKARA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday accused militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) of kidnapping four soldiers in southeastern Turkey, private Dogan news agency reported. Erdogan said the abduction aimed to harm the ongoing peace process between the government and the group. "These are actions perpetrated by those who want to hurt the process," said Erdogan, vowing to advance the process regardless of the incident.

Turkey says ball in Iraq's court over oil dispute

Turkey voiced hope on Tuesday that Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish north of Iraq would resolve a long-standing row over exports of oil to international markets. "The ball is now in the court of northern Iraq and the central Iraqi government and I hope they reach agreement and give us good news," Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said in a speech in Ankara. His comments came amid mounting tensions between Baghdad and Ankara over a mooted pipeline that could begin pumping oil exports to a Turkish port from the autonomous Kurdish region this month.

Turkey moots three-party talks over Iraq-Kurd oil row

Turkey's energy minister on Monday mooted three-party talks with Iraq's central government and the autonomous Kurdish region to resolve a long-running row over the export of oil to international markets. Taner Yildiz's remarks come amid tensions between Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in Arbil over a litany of disputes, ranging from territorial claims to revenue-sharing, which diplomats often point to as among the biggest long-term threats to Iraq's stability.
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