Refinery Plans Raise Arab-Kurdish Tensions

Arab clarified that those who “withdrew from the session are linking all matters to politics.” He noted, “Due to the lack of a quorum, the memorandum was not passed.”

Khadida Khalaf, a Yazidi member of the council, said that “the province has chosen to build the refinery in either Makhmur or Ainzala, both areas that are disputed with Erbil. The problem is that the project will be an investment for the region in which it was established. Its products will be sold according to local market prices.”

“The purpose of this project is political. The investor is the Kurdish oil company KAR, which established the gas and oil pipeline between Erbil and Duhok using the province’s land without authorization. Therefore, we question its legality,” he added.

Khalaf noted, “The province has given permission to a company to build 20,000 residential units. Some time has passed and not a single apartment has been built. Oil matters are related to the central government, if it issues a decision, we will not oppose it. The province lacks the necessary expertise to study the project.”

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