Baghdad, KRG Talks Stumble; Pipeline Still Out

Another round of talks between Iraqi federal officials and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to negotiate an end to the interminable dispute over oil exports and revenue ended without a deal this week.

With Iraq’s official northern oil pipeline still idle after more than a month, the KRG has gone back to Turkey to seek backing for the independent route.

Iraqi oil exports through the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) stopped in early March, resulting in revenue loss for the federal government and preventing the KRG from implementing its “goodwill gesture” to export 100,000 b/d from 1 April while a final agreement is thrashed out. (CONTINUED - 1285 WORDS)