Inside Iraq
Peter Galbraith
We discuss what role he may have played in Iraqi political affairs.
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2009 16:53 GMT

It was only a few weeks ago that Peter Galbraith, the former US diplomat, was discharged from his role as the UN's second highest-ranking official in Afghanistan.

The dismissal was issued after Galbraith claimed that his boss had covered up fraud in the country's recent elections - allegations that were vehemently denied.

On the 10th October, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Noeringsliv printed allegations that Peter Galbraith's company, Porcupine LP, had business dealings with Norwegian oil company DNO.

And, as a consultant for the Kurdistan regional government during discussions over the Iraqi constitution in 2005, he claims he advised Kurdish leaders seeking to secure ownership and control of the region's oil resources.

Yet he now stands accused of having had a vested interest in Kurdish independence.

So, what is more devastating for Iraq is the role Mr. Galbraith played as a political consultant to the KRG in writing Iraq's constitution in a way that can only be described as a potential ticking bomb.

Joining Jasim Azzawi to discuss this are Terje Erikstad, the financial news Editor at Dagens Naeringsliv Norwegian Newspaper, and Sabah Al-Mukhtar, the president of Arab Lawyers Association, UK.

This episode of Inside Iraq can be seen from Friday, October 23, at the following times GMT: Friday: 1730, 2230; Saturday: 0300, 0830; Sunday: 0600, 1230 and Monday: 0130.

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