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Monday, November 06, 2006

Ankara warns the Kurds

See the part in Turkey

Turkish official warns Iraqi Kurds
Associated Press

Turkey's foreign minister warned Sunday that dividing Iraq along religious or ethnic lines would cause more chaos and would not help ease the bloodshed there.

"There are those who think that dividing Iraq might be better, that this chaos might end," Abdullah Gul told reporters. "This is what we say: Don't even think of such an alternative because that would lead Iraq toward new chaos."

Turkey, which shares a border with Iraq, has its own large and restive Kurdish population and is wary of any moves toward a separatist Kurdish state in Iraq for fears that would encourage Turkey's own Kurdish population to join their Iraqi counterparts to fight for an independent state.

Gul said Iraq's neighbors would not stand by and watch the country being carved up.

"It would become not only Iraq's problem but the world's problem," Gul said, without elaborating.

He also called on Kurds in Iraq to not support Turkish rebels from the autonomy-seeking Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, who have been launching attacks on Turkey from bases in northern Iraq.

To repeat: there is no deal which the Kurds can come up with which the Turks will be happy with.

posted by Steve @ 11:28:00 AM

11:28:00 AM

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