Thursday, February 28, 2014 13:54 . Twilight News / A statement from the prime minister’s office Friday that Nuri al-Maliki agreed upon receipt of the salaries of the staff of the Kurdistan Region for the month of February, blaming the Kurds and the Presidency of the Council of Representatives responsible for the delay in adoption of the federal budget for the country for the current year and thus delayed the arrival of the employees’ salaries to the region.
According to the statement, posted on the al-Maliki and seen by “Twilight News” that the Prime Minister has agreed to deliver the salaries of the staff of the Kurdistan for the month of February in order to prevent their exposure to damage.
The statement did not come to mention the subsequent months in a hint on what appears from the federal government that it will cut salaries if you do not take the initiative of Kurdistan to pump oil from fields in favor of Baghdad.
According to the text of the statement, “To ensure that we do not experience that our fellow employees and workers of the Kurds harm and damage and skipping the opportunity to own agendas owners who do not care about the public interest of the Iraqi people, we will agree upon receipt of the salaries of employees in the region for the month of February.”
The statement added what looked like threatening to cut salaries for subsequent months, saying “that is pumped oil revenues and the entry in the general budget of the Iraqi state and that we can resolve this file you right severe damage interests of the Iraqi people.”
Baghdad and spent the salaries of the staff of Kurdistan for the month of January last late, which has already provoked resentment employees who staged protests in Sulaimaniya and threatened to go on strike.
And waved Baghdad later that it will not conduct the salaries of the subsequent months if not proceed with the Kurdistan to export 400 thousand barrels per day of oil through the police “Sumo” state-owned.
Before the three Kurdistan government said it had not yet received salaries of Baghdad and it will be spent, however, salaries starting from next Sunday.
A statement from Maliki’s office also said that “the federal government has not taken any decision to cut the salaries of employees in the province of Kurdistan Valmsthakat monthly staff in the region had acted over the past years from the provincial government’s share Among the 17 percent received by the province from the federal budget.”
He added that “the Kurdistan Regional Government, according to the law of the federal budget is that bears full responsibility for paying the salaries of the staff of the province and the federal government is not as some try filmed in an attempt to stir up nationalism among the components of the Iraqi people for political calculations and partisan and factional.”
He stated that “the federal budget law linking pay the share of the region, including staff salaries and the export of oil and the entry of revenues in the federal budget of the Iraqi state, a law that did not work by the province for more than three years.”
He continued by saying that “the region receives a share of the 17 percent complete from the general budget without that delivers oil revenues to the state treasury with the Iraqi budget bill may download the text of the region and to ensure that the responsibility to compensate the damage caused to the public budget.”
Kurdish oil was transported to world markets via the line is controlled by the federal government but stopped across the track late in 2012 as a result of disagreements over dues oil companies operating in the region.
And demanding payment of dues to the province of Baghdad, up to about 4 billion dollars to foreign companies that operate on the development of his fields, but the federal government refused to include the disbursement of these funds in the budget of 2013, which prompted the House of Representatives Kurds to boycott the session to pass the budget in the House of Representatives.
The Kurds have sought since then to export its oil directly to global markets, which angered Baghdad, which says it is the sole owner of the right in the management of oil wealth with the absence of a law regulating this matter.
The Kurds say that Baghdad is applied right economic policy of blockade and obscure their money to pressure them to abandon plans to export oil from fields.
The Kurdistan Region is seeking to export its oil directly to the world market via a new pipeline extending to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean, but Baghdad opposed to this trend.
The two sides did not reach a consensus in this file that negotiating about it months ago. Which is already the case without the approval of the country’s financial budget for the current year despite the passage of two months at the start of the financial year.
Maliki attacked the House of Representatives for not commencing in the budget discussion blaming the presidency of the parliament and the Kurdish bloc responsibility for it.
He said in his statement that “the House of Representatives and in particular bear the Presidency and the masses to boycott parliament sessions, particularly the Kurdistan Alliance bloc full responsibility for the non-delivery of the salaries of the staff of the region.”
Maliki said in a statement that “the presidency of the parliament did not bear the responsibility of constitutional and national and moral in the presentation of the General Budget Law even just the first reading, as well as debate and amendment, and what caused extensive damage is not the staff of the region but also to development in the country and the interests of the Iraqi people in general.”
The Kurds objected to the wording of the budget that was approved by the government on the grounds that it contains a clause required Kurdistan pumping 400 thousand barrels per day of oil in favor of the federal government and the province will be the only exhibition of cutting off part of its share of the budget.
The province wants to carve out its share of the proceeds from the sale of oil fields from the source directly or through the Central Bank of Iraq branch in Erbil directly without passing those funds in Baghdad.
And often complained about the Kurds that they do not get the full proportion of the financial budgets, including salaries of the Peshmerga forces.
The officials said the province after the last round of negotiations that Baghdad does not object to the export of the region’s oil, but stipulated that the supervision of the company “Sumo” government on the mechanism of export sales and revenues and deposited with the bank, “de FEA” American then send the Ministry of Finance of the Federal share of the region to Erbil.
But the Kurdish party were required to deposit the region’s share of the proceeds to the branch of Central Bank of Iraq in the region and that the Government of the Territory is free to dispose of its share of the revenue after the ratification of the general budget in the Parliament of the region.
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