Rice visited the region's powerful president, Massoud Barzani, less than two weeks after the regional government threatened to break away from Iraq in a dispute over oil.
... Barzani, speaking in Kurdish through an interpreter, said Kurdistan, ''like any other nation, has the right to self-determination.'' However, he said he is committed to a ''federal democratic and pluralistic Iraq.''
For her part, Rice thanked Barzani for the Kurds' long cooperation with the United States .... When he was asked about the future distribution of oil wealth, Barzani did not repeat recent assertions that Kurdistan alone should control new contracts and business arrangements for oil pumped in the region. But at the same time, he gave no endorsement of proposed national legislation on dividing up income from oil.
Friday, October 06, 2006
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