Border fields to be developed as diplomacy continues

Unilateral development of oil and gas fields near or crossing international borders have been the cause of war in Iraq. Officials are signing deals with foreign firms anyway, while they continue talks with Iran and Kuwait.
A worker of Iraq's Missan Oil Company at the Fakka oil field well number 13 on Dec. 25, 2009. On Dec. 18, Iranian forces briefly took over oil well number 4, causing a minor row between Baghdad and Tehran. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraq plans to hire an international consultant to help validate its claims to oil and gas resources near its neighbors, top oil ministry officials said Thursday, the same day Iraq announced it will auction a field that stretches between the borders with Iran and Kuwait.

"We shall not hesitate or wait in developing the shared oil fields," Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani told reporters.

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