BAGHDAD, May 23 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government filed a request on Friday for arbitration against Turkey and pipeline firm BOTAS with the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce over the selling of oil from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
“The Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq announced today that it has filed a request for arbitration against the Republic of Turkey and its state-owned pipeline operator BOTAS,” the government said in a statement.
Iraq said it was seeking to stop the “unauthorized transportation, storage and loading of crude oil pumped into the Iraq-Turkey pipeline by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)”.
European markets bought the first load of oil to be carried by pipeline from Iraqi Kurdistan, the KRG said in a statement earlier on Friday, adding that the revenue will be deposited in Turkey’s Halkbank .
Reporting By Ned Parker; editing by Keiron Henderson