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Kurdish-Baghdad agreement 'temporary,' KRG official says

In extensive remarks to a Washington audience, Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said more negotiations are needed to turn a recent oil and budget agreement with Baghdad into a sustainable revenue-sharing law that could reunite Iraq.
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Qubad Talabani, Kurdish representative to the U.S. and son of Iraq President Jalal Talibani (R), and Iraq Ambassador to the U.S. Samir Sumaidaie (2nd R) listen as President Talabani delivers an address and answers questions at the Woodrow Wilson Centet for International Scholars September 26, 2006 in Washington, DC.   Talabani told the Washington Post newspaper that he wants to see a presence of 10,000 American troops and two American air bases in Iraq "long term."  (Photo by Chi

Qubad Talabani, the deputy prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said Dec. 10 that the oil and budget deal recently signed with Baghdad would provide the Kurds with only 10-11% of the Iraqi budget, not 17% as has been reported. The funds are needed by Erbil to combat Islamic extremists, pay other expenses and care for 1.5 million Iraqis displaced by the fighting.

“We’ve not getting 17%; we’ve never gotten 17%,” Talabani said in response to a question from Al-Monitor. First, he said, the Baghdad government subtracts so-called sovereign expenses, including military and oil company costs. He said the KRG then gets 17% of what is left.

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