Iraq has petitioned a US court to enforce an arbitration award against Turkey related to Kurdish crude exports, Reuters reported on Monday, citing documents filed with the court.
Baghdad last month won a longstanding landmark legal case against Turkey over Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) exporting oil through a pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, fought at the International Court of Arbitration of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce. The court in Paris reportedly also asked Turkey to pay Iraq about $1.5 billion before interest for the term 2014-2018 as compensation for damages.
The petition, filed with the US District Court of the District of Columbia, requested from the court, “Recognising, Confirming, and Enforcing the Final Award issued by the Arbitral Tribunal,” Reuters said.
The Baghdad government last week reached a temporary deal with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government based in Erbil to restart oil exports to Turkey halted after Iraq won the arbitration case. However, flows to pipeline carrying crude to Turkey’s Ceyhan port has not started yet, Reuters said, citing shippers.