Turkey's security concerns, and the 50-year oil deal

1/9/2017 7:52:00 AM
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Sherko Hama Amin
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The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have signed a 50-year energy deal with Turkey, or more precisely with the Justice and Development Party. Though some PUK officials say they are not aware of the deal, they are.

Both the PUK and the KDP are opposed to disclosing the deal terms to any firms, even Deloitte, an international audit firm which they brought to the region and feel proud of for allegedly bringing transparency to oil revenue and production in the region.

Evidence predicts that the deal will include security terms which are likely to include: the deployment of Turkish troops, defending the KDP and its allies, and fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The remarks of the Turkish Prime Minister on Sunday (January 8) during a joint press conference with Masoud Barzani in Erbil and Barzani’s silence and formality with the Turkish delegation, reveals in my mind the existence of security terms to make the PKK fight a priority and one of the aspects of the 50-year-deal.

Despite having worries concerning the PKK’s method of procedure, especially towards the Kurdistan Region, I consider involvement of any force from south Kurdistan in the fight against the PKK within this deal a form of betrayal.

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Sherko Hama Amin is a member of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament's Education Committee