[size=30]Washington calls for the mediation of a "third party" to resolve the oil dispute between Erbil and Baghdad with a "legal framework"
[/size]Implementation of the Federal Court's decision would result in "widespread economic repercussions" [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Erbil (Kurdistan 24) - The administration of US President Joe Biden called for the mediation of a "third party" to resolve oil and energy disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, noting that the implementation of the Federal Court's decision regarding Kurdistan Region's oil will exacerbate the situation in the country in general.
The dispute between Erbil and Baghdad centers on the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, which ruled in February that the oil and gas law in the Kurdistan Region was “unconstitutional,” which in turn rejected the “political decision,” saying that the court was not established in accordance with the constitution and its decisions are not binding.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf said in a briefing to reporters that she presented the "third party" proposal during her visit to Baghdad and Erbil earlier this month.
"What I have suggested is that Baghdad and Erbil discuss arrangements to take this matter to third party negotiations or some other such place so that they can provide a space for technical discussions," she added.
She added that the settlement "is long overdue, and very necessary."
Leaf expressed her belief that her message is "well understood in both Baghdad and Erbil," and said, "I am absolutely confident that Iraqi political leaders in both places can find a good mechanism to discuss this matter either through official mediation or directly by themselves."
"There is no doubt that there is a need for a legal framework to solve this problem, but Washington is very concerned that rushing to implement this decision risks expelling American companies from Iraq, and other companies from Iraq, which will undermine confidence in the business environment in Iraq," she said.
Leaf indicated that the implementation of the Federal Court's decision would result in "widespread economic repercussions that go far beyond the Kurdistan Region of Iraq."
The Kurdistan Regional Government has repeatedly rejected the Federal Court's decision, noting that it is not based on the constitution, and considered it politically motivated in the midst of the crisis of forming the federal government.
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, had said on many occasions that the passage of the Federal Oil and Gas Law would solve the problems with Baghdad.