MP: Govt. not serious in inquiry into oil smuggling charges06/07/2012 14:22
BAGHDAD, July 6 (AKnews)- The Iraqi government is not serious in forming a committee to investigate the oil smuggling reports, a Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) MP said.
Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani had called on the Iraqi government to create a joint committee with Erbil administration in order to investigate the incriminations exchanged between Baghdad and Erbil over oil smuggling.
Deputy PM for energy affairs, Hussein al-Shahrestani had welcomed the idea, reports said.
The Iraqi government has ignored the oil smuggling accusations, said Farhad Atrushi.
Atrushi continued "this shows that the allegations against the Kurdistan Region were not right and now they [Baghdad officials] have withdrawn the accusations."
The same MP charged some senior officials in Baghdad of smuggling Iraqi crude oil to Israel through the Jordanian Aqaba Port.
By Raman Brusk