UPDATE: Kurdish oil demands to Maliki revealed

According to previously undisclosed communiqué, Kurdish leaders want specific oil and revenue laws passed in 2011 and say KRG should decide constitutionality of its oil deals.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) speaks to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani during a congress of the latter's Kurdistan Democratic Party in the northern city of Erbil on December 11, 2010. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Following the publication of this article on Dec. 15, a source within the Kurdistan Regional Government confirmed additional oil-related demands. These include:

* An end to blacklisting companies who have signed deals with the KRG from receiving contracts from Baghdad, including to purchase Iraqi oil. Sinopec of China, SK Energy from South Korea, and the American giant Marathon have all been on the list.

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