by Staff Writers
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 1, 2012
Iraqi Kurdistan will export oil via federal pipelines until September 15, an official said on Saturday, extending a one-month confidence-building measure amid a row with the central government in Baghdad.
The northern autonomous three-province region had halted exports for several months on April 1 over $1.5 billion it said was owed to foreign oil companies working in the region that Baghdad had allegedly withheld.
"Kurdistan will continue exporting oil until September 15," an official in the Kurdish natural resources ministry said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Oil exports were originally resumed on August 7, after a four-month suspension.
The central government and the Kurdish authorities in Arbil are at odds over issues including Kurdistan's refusal to seek approval from Baghdad for oil contracts it has awarded to foreign firms, and over a swathe of disputed territory in northern Iraq.
Baghdad says all oil deals must go through the federal oil ministry, and it regards any that do not as illegal.
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U.S. diplomat claims he was misquoted
Khartoum, Sudan (UPI) Aug 30, 2012
U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Sudan Joseph Stafford says he was misquoted by a Sudanese newspaper regarding "regime change" in Sudan. Stafford says that the Al-Sudani newspaper misquoted his remarks, with the newspaper claiming Stafford said that "regime change" would simplify the normalization of U.S.-Somali relations. "My response to this question was and remains that the Sudanese ... read more
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