Iraq warns Kurdish oil exports to Turkey harm ties

July 15, 2012 17:12

BAGHDAD - Iraq said on Sunday that oil exports from Kurdistan to Turkey by truck were "illegal," warning Ankara that such trade with the autonomous region could damage its relations with the central government in Baghdad.

Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, which borders Turkey, is locked in a dispute with the central Iraqi government over oil exports and energy policy has become a very sensitive topic.

Turkey said on Friday it had begun importing 5 to 10 road tankers of crude a day from the northern region of Iraq and the volume could rise to 100-200 tankers per day.

"Exporting oil from Kurdistan to Turkey is illegal and illegitimate," Iraq government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

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