Maliki, Barzani "Close to Solving Oil Dispute"

In parallel, Jamal Bahauddin, a member of Maliki’s State of Law Coalition, said, “Ongoing discussions and meetings on the oil and gas legislation between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government are taking place.”

Bahauddin, who is also a member of the Iraqi Parliamentary Oil Committee, said in a statement to Al-Monitor, “There has been a convergence of views, but nothing has been decided yet.”

Asked whether or the Iraqi parliament would pass the Oil and Gas Law before the current session expires, he contented himself with saying that “there are sub-committees, [including members from the various] political blocs, that were set up to negotiate this matter, and they continue to hold meetings.”

The Iraqi parliament formed in September last year a sub-committee to examine the controversial issues in the Oil and Gas Law and to develop a new draft.

Furat al-Shara, a member of the Oil Committee, said, “The heads of Iraq’s political blocs must take advantage of the political calm that followed the visit of the Kurdistan region’s president to Baghdad to pass the Oil and Gas Law.”

Speaking to Al-Monitor, Shara, a member of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq headed by Ammar al-Hakim, said, "The Oil and Gas Law is under discussion in all basic, strategic and high level sessions. For this reason, ad-hoc committees were formed to approve it.” He confirmed that “the members of the parliamentary Oil Committee will submit the recommendations of the ad-hoc committee to approve the law.” Yet, he refused to disclose these recommendations.

Shara added that “it seems that everyone objects to allowing this law to be transferred to the next parliamentary session.”

Omar al-Shaher is a contributor to Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including France’s LeMonde, the Iraqi Alesbuyia magazine, Egypt’s Al-Ahaly and the Elaph website.

2 Responses to Maliki, Barzani "Close to Solving Oil Dispute"

  1. Lorenzo 19th July 2013 at 23:17 #

    The Oil and Gas Law together with a Federal State in Iraq is the row out of poverty and tribulations. Think that today with 50C temperatures parts of Iraq do not have electricity and those parts are very rich in oil!

    What a shame and incompetence at government level! People are dying due to the existing heat both old and young people. This is killing as much people as terrorism

  2. wayne 21st July 2013 at 06:20 #

    close the deal and get the money on the market. Then they will have plenty of companies to get all of the things done they need right now, like water wells and electricity to all.. Just my opinion...