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No moves on Iraq oil law in KRG-Baghdad talks

Iraq Oil Report

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*Iraq Oil Report update delays
*Get your copy of the Shell-Iraq gas Heads of Agreement
*PetroVietnam renegotiating Saddam-era oil deal
*Iraq Human Rights Commission awaits Presidency Council OK
*Iraq Oil Report Exclusive: Text of Human Rights Commission law
*What is the “Green Zone”?
*The Iraq Press Roundup

A source tells Iraq Oil Report a meeting Nov. 15 between Iraq’s central and Kurdistan region government leaders did not lead to any breakthrough on the standoff over Iraq’s oil law and the dispute over the central government and KRG’s oil deals. The meeting was overshadowed by the Status Of Forces Agreement as well as the consideration of making clarifications and other changes to the Constitution. The latter is considered necessary to clarify the broad, vague language in the Constitution, passed in 2005. That could settle many of the disputes over jurisdiction of the oil strategy, but is highly controversial as both sides have been invested in passing new legislation instead of amending the Constitution. However, the source says Parliament will take up the oil law regardless.

As Iraq’s Oil Ministry and Royal Dutch Shell continue their negotiations and cooperation on a joint gas venture, it’s time to follow up on the reporting done by UPI’s Ben Lando and Alaa Majeed (see below) by making public for the first time the entire Heads of Agreement.

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Here’s the Heads of Agreement: Click Here.

PetroVietnam and the Iraq Oil Ministry are nearing the final stage of revamping a deal to develop the Amara oil field in Iraq’s Maysan province. Hassan Hafidh reports for Dow Jones Newswires talks began earlier this year and will be concluded early next year. The state firm signed a deal with Saddam Hussein in 2002 but was prevented by U.N. sanctions and war from beginning work.

Iraq recently put the final ink on the new deal with the Chinese National Petroleum Corp., the revision of the Saddam-era contract, which Ruba Husari of International Oil Daily has the latest on.

As UPI’s Ben Lando has been reporting for more than a year, these are not new deals but a renegotiation of four Saddam-era deals that Iraq’s Oil Ministry still considers legal under international law. ONGC of India and Pertamina of Indonesia are also en route to a new text of an oil deal.

The Kirkuk coordinating committee has met for the first time. IraqSlogger.com reports it is the first of planned twice-weekly sessions to produce recommendations to Prime Minister Maliki as to how the northern oil hub and disputed territory should be governed, one of many disputes between the KRG and others in Iraq.

An assassination attempt of the general inspector of Iraq’s Electricity Ministry,Saadi al-Sudani, failed, Voices of Iraq reports, injuring his son.

Iraq’s Parliament has approved a new Human Rights Commission, and all that’s needed is Iraq’s President and two Vice Presidents to give it the green light. The Parliament’s Human Rights Committee, chaired by Sayyed Mohammed Al-Heidari, a member of an independent bloc within the United Iraqi Alliance, crafted the legislation, with the support of American University’s Center for Global Peace.

EXCLUSIVE ON IRAQ OIL REPORT: Read the text of the Law of High Commission for Human Rights approved by Parliament Nov. 16, 2008. CLICK HERE.

Take trip into the Green Zone, with Niqash’s Kholoud Ramzi.

For the first time in years Fuad Flaih is able to take a taxi all the way to his house in Kufa, one of Najaf province’s biggest districts, Faris Harram writes for Niqash. Until just one year ago, cars were unable to enter the area as a result of considerable road damage and swamps.

Iraq’s inspector generals face mass firings. Those getting the axe are not only those whose work has been sub-par, but Iraqis who have investigated active ministries, ministers and members of Parliament, James Glanz and Riyadh Mohammed report for The New York Times.

Read what Iraqis read: the Iraq Press Roundup by UPI’s Alaa Majeed.

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