Thomson ReutersJanuary 18, 2013 03:30
* KRG calls plan with BP for Kirkuk illegal
* Baghdad and Kurdistan locked in long oil dispute
* Kurdish region has begun to truck oil to Turkey
By Patrick Markey
BAGHDAD, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurdistan has defended its oil policy as constitutional, and rejected a deal between Baghdad and BP for an oilfield in the disputed city of Kirkuk as an "illegal" step in the autonomous region's feud with the central government.