Mosul, northern Iraq to refine oil in disputed areas

Monday, April 14, 2014

Iraq's Mosul province and Kurdish Regional Administration will build oil refinery in disputes areas between the two territories

Iraq's Mosul province and Kurdish Regional Administration will build oil refinery in disputes areas between the two territories

MOSUL, Iraq - An oil refinery construction agreement between Iraq's Mosul province and the Kurdish Regional Administration was signed on Monday, says Mosul governor.

The agreement includes the sharing of oil extracted from the disputed areas between Mosul and the Kurdish Regional Administrationm (KRG) in support of the Mosul province, said Nujaifi and added, "This agreement will change Iraq's image, which is identified with war and incitement to war."

A refinery construction proposal caused controversy in the Mosul provincial assembly last spring, however the new assemby composed after June 2013 provincial elections approved the proposal.

The “disputed areas,” to which Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution relates, are defined as all areas in which Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, and Christians live. These areas were changed either demographically or administratively during Saddam Hussein’s reign, in the provinces of Kirkuk, Mosul, Salahaddin and Diyala, and are subject to KRG's annexation demand.

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