Kurdistan Regional Government statement regarding English court decision

22 November 2015 – Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) refers to a decision of the English Commercial Court of 20 November 2015.  The Court’s decision does not relate to the substantive merits of the claims and counterclaims in the on-going arbitration between the KRG and Dana Gas PJSC, Crescent Petroleum Company International Limited and Pearl Petroleum Company Limited (collectively, “the Claimants”).

The order relates to an interim payment of $100 million decided by the Tribunal last year on a provisional and reversible basis,  because of the purportedly precarious financial condition of Dana.

Following this interim order in October 2014, the Claimants made an application to the Court in December 2014.  The Claimants’ application was set aside by the Court in January 2015 due to the Claimants’ failure to comply with provisions of the United Kingdom State Immunity Act 1978 applicable to the KRG.  The Court awarded indemnity costs to the KRG and against the Claimants.

After this, the Claimants re-issued their application to the Court.   The KRG feels that this further escalation was unnecessary and could have been avoided.  Dana was fully aware of KRG’s financial difficulties and its need to maintain its effective fight against ISIS terrorism and support for the more than 1.8 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region.  Regrettably, rather than working constructively with the KRG to find a way forward in the light of the prevailing circumstances as other International Oil Companies have done, Dana maintained its aggressive stance and pursued its application to the Court.

The KRG strongly resisted Dana’s application. Following a hearing on 28-30 October 2015, the Court made a further order based on the arbitral tribunal’s October 2014 interim order.  Further issues arising from the Court’s order, including any application for permission for appeal, will be addressed subsequently.  The Court emphasized that the arbitral tribunal’s interim order, which formed the basis for the Court’s order, did not contain a decision on the parties’ substantive rights.

In particular, the Court’s decision does not address the merits of, and has no effect on, the KRG’s substantial counterclaims against Dana and others in the on-going arbitral proceedings.  Those counterclaims have now been partially and provisionally quantified by the KRG’s experts at more than $3 billion.  Whereas the Claimants have previously sought to dismiss the KRG’s counterclaims as fabrications, the Claimants have now been forced to accept the plausibility of those counterclaims.

The KRG has incurred significant damages as a result of the failure of Dana and its affiliates and principals to honour their obligations.  The KRG will continue vigorously to pursue its claims for damages and other relief against the Claimants in all appropriate fora.


Prime Minister Barzani inaugurates Deralok hydropower project

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – In a ceremony attended by Japanese new Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Fumio Iwai, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani inaugurated the 36 megawatt hydropower project near Deralok town in Duhok Governorate.

The project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, within the framework of Japan’s loan to Iraq.

Earlier last week, Prime Minister Barzani met Ambassador Iwai in Erbil, where he reiterated that after the liberation of Iraq in 2003 the Government of Japan allocated seven billion dollars for reconstruction. He said the Kurdistan Region’s share had been preserved and

is being applied to Halabja water projects, an Erbil wastewater project, and the Deralok Dam project.

Prime Minister Barzani, in his inauguration speech, expressed his gratitude to JICA for funding and implementing the project. He mentioned that JICA provided $120 million in assistance to internally displaced persons, who sought refuge in the Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Barzani noted the importance of the Deralok project, saying it will produce clean energy and store water for irrigation purposes. He also said that during this time of severe financial constraints and intense security threats from the Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISIS, no dark and devil force, no matter how barbaric, can prevent the people of the Kurdistan Region from seeking progress and prosperity.

On the liberation of the town of Sinjar, Prime Minister Barzani said that, as a national duty, the Kurdistan Regional Government will prepare a comprehensive plan to rebuild Sinjar, although it will not be easy given the current financial situation.

He said the Kurdistan Region needs the assistance of the international community in general and the Government of Iraq in particular. He requested the Japanese Government to support the KRG in this important endeavour.


KRG Prime Minister expresses solidarity with the people of France and says terrorism will be defeated

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the horrific attacks on the people of Paris. I offer the deepest condolences, and the strongest solidarity, of the people of the Kurdistan Region.

France has stood resolutely with the Kurdistan Region in our own struggle against terrorism, and we will stand with them in theirs. The challenge of defeating this threat unites so many nations and peoples around the world. It is a struggle between civilization and intolerance and barbarism.

Attacks like this are designed to spread fear, but the international community must instead respond with a strengthened resolve. Indeed, this tragedy came one day after a great defeat for Daesh in Sinjar. Terrorism can, and will, be defeated.”

Nechirvan Barzani
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister
14 November 2015


US Congressmen support recognising genocide of Yazidis and Christians

Erbil. Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a US congressional delegation led by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher and Steve King.

The US delegation expressed appreciation to the people, government, and Peshmerga forces in combating terrorism while facing severe budget constraints and accommodating an extraordinary number of refuge seekers.

The delegation said they would support in the United States continuing military assistance for the Peshmerga forces.

They said they submitted a draft resolution to the US Congress to officially recognise the crimes committed against Yazidi Kurds and Christians as genocide.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation to the delegation, the coalition forces in general and United State in particular, for assisting the Peshmerga forces since the start of the war against ISIS. As the Peshmerga forces have demonstrated their effectiveness, he said, additional training and weaponry are needed for the Peshmerga forces to defeat ISIS.

He thanked the delegation for submitting a draft resolution calling for recognising genocide of Yezidis and Christians, saying it was one of the most important efforts of the KRG.

Prime Minister Barzani emphasized the need for continuing support to protect and assist refuge seekers. He said that due to the severe financial situation, much more support from the international community was needed.

Relations between Kurdistan Region and Baghdad, as well as with regional countries were also discussed.


Prime Minister Barzani receives Mayor of Paris

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, yesterday received Paris Mayor, Ms. Anne Hidalgo and her accompanying delegation.

The Mayor of Paris expressed her happiness with the visit noting that France has been supporting the Kurdistan Region at all stages of its development, and will continue its support, particularly at this time when the Region faces severe threats.

Praising the role of Prime Minister Barzani, Ms. Hidalgo said the Kurdistan Region has achieved considerable development within a relatively short period. She hailed the efforts of the people and government of Kurdistan Region in accommodating and offering essential services to a large number of refuge seekers, despite severe financial constraints.

Ms. Hidalgo said the international community must offer more assistance to the Region in order to improve the situation of refuge seekers.

Ms. Hidalgo proposed establishing relations between Erbil and Paris, offering full cooperation and coordination.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation with Ms. Hidalgo’s visit and her observations, recalling France’s assistance to the people of Kurdistan during difficult times.  He welcomed establishing relations between Erbil and Paris.

Prime Minister Barzani welcomed French enterprises to participate in the development of the Region’s economy and proposed to offer all assistance.

He valued French educational institutions and the progress they are making to strengthen the capabilities of students.


Prime Minister Barzani meets President Obama’s new Special Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani yesterday received Mr. Brent McGurk, the new United States Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and his accompanying military and diplomatic delegation.

The battlefront situation and effectiveness of Peshmerga forces were discussed. Praising last week’s successful joint operation by Peshmerga and US forces in ISIS-controlled Hawija that liberated 69 prisoners, Mr. McGurk affirmed the United States continuing military support. He noted the operation showed Peshmerga forces protecting all Iraqi citizens without discrimination.

Mr. McGurk expressed his hope that political issues, both within the Region and with Baghdad, will be resolved through dialogue and negotiation.

Prime Minster Barzani congratulated Mr. McGurk on his new position and expressed his appreciation for his visit, and for the United States’ assistance to Peshmerga forces. He offered his and the people of Kurdistan Region’s condolences for the American soldier who died in the Hawija operation.

Regarding internal political difficulties and those with Baghdad, Prime Minister Barzani offered assurance the Kurdistan Regional Government will do everything to resolve issues through dialogue and negotiation.

Recent developments in Iraq in general and the Kurdistan Region in particular were also discussed along with ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and the Kurdistan Region.