Posted on 29 June 2011 .
There was more sabre rattling on the Iraqi political scene this week, as the Speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, hinted at the possibility of a break-away Sunni state.
His statements follow indications, finally, from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the effect that ministerial heads may metaphorically roll as a result of their poor performance.
These stories, against a background of increasing violence, have perhaps distracted attention from the fact that the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI), which was set up after the 2003 war to handle oil and other revenues, reverts to Iraqi control from tomorrow, 30th June.
The sums involved are immense, and it is essential that they are handled professionally. We can expect some clarification from the International Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB) on Thursday regarding the future management of the fund.
Dr. Mark A. DeWeaver
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