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Mr Barzani, speaking in an interview with Kurdish news service Rudaw, says Erbil needs to generate revenues because the federal government has cut off funding needed to pay salaries. Baghdad has remitted only 500mn of the 850mn dinars needed to pay salaries in January and February but none in March and April, he says. The Iraqi government is using oil as a trump card, he adds, rejecting allegations that selling oil without going through Baghdad’s state marketer SOMO is unconstitutional. There is, he points out, no reference to SOMO in the constitution. An energy protocol signed with Turkey last year allows the KRG to sell oil to Turkey and beyond, he adds. (CONTINUED - 1498 WORDS)