Iraq's Maliki warns Kurds of funding cuts if they pipe oil exports to Turkey

BAGHDAD Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:37am EST

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BAGHDAD Jan 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki threatened on Sunday to cut central government funding for Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region if the Kurds pursued a drive to pipe oil exports to Turkey without Baghdad's approval.

"This is a constitutional violation which we will never allow, not for the (Kurdistan) region nor for the Turkish government," Maliki told Reuters in an interview.

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