ERBIL — The Iraqi federal government has blocked the funding of any strategic water project in the Kurdistan Region in hopes of preventing Kurds’ control over the water resources flowing into Iraq.
Akram Ahmed, Director of Kurdistan Dams, told BasNews that they have several times submitted proposals for the construction of dams in the Kurdistan Region, but Baghdad continues to neglect their demands.
He explained that the main excuse that Baghdad puts forward is lack of budget.
Earlier this week, Wafiq Samrrayi, an advisor of former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, warned of appointing a Kurdish figure to the position of Minister of Water Resources. He argued that Kurds who supported the independence of Kurdistan could exploit the water resources as a pressure card against Baghdad in the future.
Iraq itself is suffering from a water crisis as Turkey and Iran continue constructing dams over the rivers which flow into Iraq. Vast agricultural areas have been abandoned over the past few years due to the water crisis.