Erbil, June 28 (AKnews) – Iraqi-Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani has pledged to boost the provision of services to the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other areas covered by the territorial disputes between the Kurdish capital and Baghdad.
Mr. Barzani’s statement, published on the presidential website today, follows a promise last week from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to supply Kirkuk with a100 mw power supply from the region, to be raised to 200 mw by next month.
Along with many other Iraqi cities, Kirkuk has long suffered from insufficient electricity supplies generated by the country’s run-down power plants – neglected during three decades of economic sanctions and damaged by successive wars and insurgent attacks.
The power shortages are most keenly felt during the summer months when temperatures soar as high as 50 degrees Celsius.
“We understand the suffering of the people of Kirkuk,” the president’s message reads, “whether their need is electricity or public services.”
“We are keen to link electricity from the Kurdistan Region to Kirkuk…we have called on the KRG to provide electricity to Kirkuk and other disputed areas as soon as possible.”