Deepening of differences between Erbil and Baghdad to weaken Kurdish administration
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 5 / Trend A.Taghieva /
The differences between the Kurdish autonomy and the central government of Iraq have recently deepened and this will weaken the Kurdish administration, Iraqi Al-Sharqiya TV channel employee Ahmed Hadi said.
"Erbil should not seek open conflict with Baghdad, as only the Kurdish autonomy will weaken economically and politically as a result," Hadi told Trend.
In his opinion, the Kurdish administration that is trying to establish an independent state plays a double game with Baghdad. Accusing Baghdad of unfairly distributing the budget, the Kurdish autonomy at the same time does not want to completely separate from the central government so as not to lose financial aid, Hadi said.
"The Kurdish administration gets its share of the Iraqi budget, while it doesn't make payments to the budget properly because the administration has stopped the oil supply and does not pay customs duty," Hadi said.
In early April, the Kurdish autonomy has announced the termination of oil supplies. Deputy prime minister of Iraq for energy Hussein Shahristani said that the autonomy illegally exports oil to Iran. Later, officials of the Kurdish administration accused Iraq of illegally exporting oil to Israel.
The relations between the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq and Baghdad deteriorated in October 2011 after a US-based Exxon Mobil received permission from the Kurdish authorities on exploration and production of oil in this Iraqi region. Baghdad considered the deal illegal and warned the company that if it did not abandon the agreement with the Kurds, it deals with the central Iraqi government may be revised.
Hadi also said that in addition to economic differences, there is also a problem of the army between Baghdad and Erbil. Thus, according to the constitution of Iraq, the administration and autonomy do not have their own army. As is known, Kurdish administration has its own army, "Peshmerga," which is being trained on their own, and not in the Iraqi army.
"As MPs from Kurdish autonomy are represented in the parliament of Iraq, in terms of the constitution establishment of a Kurdish state is illegal," he said.
As for the resolution of this conflict, Hadi said that the solution to the crisis can only be negotiated between the Kurdish administration and the central government without foreign interference.