ANKARA (AA) – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has ordered Iraq to pay compensation to Türkiye for several violations concerning a case which dealt with crude oil exports from Iraq’s Kurdish region, according to a statement issued by Türkiye’s Energy Ministry.
The statement came after reports claimed that Iraq halted crude oil exports Saturday from the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) northern Kirkuk fields after Iraq won an arbitration case against Türkiye.
“At this stage of the (arbitration) case, members of the Arbitral Tribunal have rejected four of the five claims Iraq has put forward,” the ministry said, adding that the majority of Türkiye’s demands were accepted.
“They ordered Iraq to pay compensation to Türkiye for these violations,” it said.
The ministry said the issue was “a reflection of a years-long dispute” between the Iraqi central government and KRG about sharing oil revenues.
“Türkiye has always respected the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq and has been working relentlessly for the political and economic stability of both Iraq and the KRG government,” it said.
Despite instability in the region, the ministry said, Türkiye has undertaken billions of dollars in expenditures to keep the Iraq-Türkiye Oil Pipeline System operational since 1973, which also helped maintain stability in global oil markets.
“It has conducted intensive diplomacy with both parties and relevant countries to arrive at an amicable settlement of the dispute,” it said.
The ministry expressed readiness to fulfill the requirements of international law and to make any contribution to the permanent settlement of the conflict between Iraq’s central government and the KRG.
With its proven oil reserves of approximately 145 billion barrels, Iraq is the fifth-largest producer in the world and the second-biggest OPEC producer with a daily production of more than 4.5 million barrels. The country has been in a deadlock for years due to the misuse of resources and the unfair distribution of oil revenues.