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Severance Agreement - Harken Energy Corp. and Rich Cottle

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                            HARKEN ENERGY CORPORATION
                              SEVERANCE AGREEMENT

THIS SEVERANCE AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made and entered into this ____
day of June, 2002 by and between HARKEN ENERGY CORPORATION, a Delaware
corporation, whose principal office is 580 WestLake Park Blvd., Suite 600,
Houston, Texas 77079 ("the Company") and RICH COTTLE an individual employee of
the Company, whose home address is ____________________________________, (the

WHEREAS, the Employee is, as of the Date here of, in the employ of the Company
and is an executive officer of the Company on whom the Company relies and whom
the Company desires to retain in its employment; and

WHEREAS, the Company and Employee, on February 1, 2000 but effective as of
December 28, 2000, previously entered into the Amendment to Agreement Regarding
Compensation in Event of Change in Control (the "Change of Control Agreement")
pursuant to which the employee would become entitled to a certain payment in the
event a Change of Control, as defined in such agreement, occurred; and,

WHEREAS, the Change of Control Agreement is no longer in the best interests of
either the Company nor Employee and it is their common desire and intention to
terminate such Change of Control Agreement and partially replace it with this
Agreement; and,

WHEREAS, the Company and Employee are entering into this Agreement in order to
provide inducement to Employee to remain with the Company by providing to
Employee assurance of additional severance that would be paid by the Company to
Employee should the Company terminate Employee's employment during the term of
this Agreement.

NOW THEREFORE, for and in the mutual considerations recited and acknowledged by
both parties hereto, the Company and the Employee agree as follows:

1.     Severance Upon Involuntary Termination:


  In the event that Employee is Involuntarily terminated by the Company during
  the Term of this Agreement, then the Company will pay to Employee a sum of
  money, IN ADDITION TO any and all severance pay and related compensation such
  Employee is entitled to receive under the policies in effect by the Company on
  the date of this Agreement, the additional amount equal to nine (9) months

  The salary used to computer this Additional Severance will be the greater of
  either the Employee's salary at the time of the termination or Employee's
  salary as of the date of this Agreement.

  The payment of this Additional Severance will become due to Employee from the
  Company upon any event of involuntarily termination during the Term, whether
  it be with or without cause, or an event of individual involuntary termination
  or in connection with a layoff, plant closing or force reduction.

  2.     Voluntary Termination:

  In the event that Employee elects for any reason to voluntarily terminate
  his/her employment with the Company during the Term, then in such event
  Employee will not be entitled to receive the Additional Severance and will be
  only entitled to receive such severance and compensation benefits, if any,
  Employee may be entitled to receive pursuant to the policies of the Company in
  effect as of that date of voluntarily termination.

  3.     No Guaranty of Employment: This Agreement shall not constitute nor be
  construed nor interpreted as any guarantee nor contract for continued
  employment of Employee with the Company, any subsidiary or any successor
  company.  The parties stipulate that as to any rights of ongoing or future
  employment, that the Employee is an employee at will.

  4.     Term of Agreement:

  Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties hereto, this Agreement
  shall be in effect from the date first set forth above for one (1) calendar
  year. At the expiration of the Term this Agreement may be extended, modified
  or renegotiated only upon the mutual written agreement of both.

  5.     Cancellation of Change of Control Contract: As partial consideration
  for this Agreement Employee hereby cancels and releases the Change of Control
  Contract and agrees that the Company hereafter has no obligation nor liability
  to Employee pursuant to such Change of Control Contract.

  6.     Parties:   This Agreement shall be binding on the parties hereto and
  shall further be binding upon the successors, assigns, parent corporations or
  subsidiary corporations of the Company, and shall further inure to the benefit
  of the heirs and assigns of Employee.

  7.     Governing Law:  This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in
  accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to the
  principles of conflicts of law thereof.

  8.     Entire Agreement:  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
  between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and replaces,
  restates in full and supersedes all other prior agreements and understandings,
  both written and oral.



IN WITNESS whereof this Agreement has been executed the day and year first above


By: /s/ Bruce N. Huff
Name:  Bruce N. Huff
Its:   President and COO

Rich Cottle (the Employee)

/s/ Rich Cottle