Iraq votes to end Kurdish KAR operations in Kirkuk

<p style="text-align: left;">The Iraqi parliament on Monday voted to halt development operations by Kurdish company KAR Group in the contested oilfields of the Kirkuk region, local media reported.

According to the parliament&rsquo;s decision, all exports from the fields will now be undertaken by Iraqi state firm SOMO, The Oil and Gas Year reported.

The move triggered a protest from Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, who was cited by Iraqi News as saying, &ldquo;We reject the decision by the Iraqi parliament to halt the works of a Kurdish company in the oilfields of Kirkuk… The parliament has no right to that.&rdquo;

Addressing demands from the federal government for a clear &ldquo;delineation&rdquo; of the quantities and revenues of oil produced at Kirkuk, Barzani said, &ldquo;We have come up with a scrutiny formula for the sake of transparency.&rdquo;

Barzani also said an audit by global firm Deloitte had shown the Kurdistan Region&rsquo;s oil revenues were insufficient to cover the salaries of local public servants, a key question in the ongoing budget dispute between Baghdad and Erbil.

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