Ambassador Urges Turkey to Agree with Kurdish Citizens to Stop Terror
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 October / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ Agreement with citizens of Kurdish origin must be reached to solve terror which Turkey is facing, Iraqi Ambassador to Azerbaijan Arshad Omar Ismail said. " Turkey must come to agreement with its citizens of Kurdish origin, like Iraq did. Kurds have been offered certain rights in Iraq," Ambassador said to Trend on 10 October.
Separatist ambitions of the Kurds residing in northern Iraq and south-eastern Turkey have been increasing since 80s.
Separatist tendencies of Kurds in Iraq were roughly suppressed by Saddam Hussein administration. A chemical attack to Khelebcha, a Kurdish region in the north of Iraq, by Iraqi military aircraft on 16 March 1988, killed over 5,000 civilians.
The separatist tendencies of Kurds in Turkey were implemented by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorist organization, which was established through assistance of the Soviet Union.
PKK members settled in the mountains bordering on Turkey in the north of Iraq and since 1980 have been implementing terrorism acts against civilians and Turkish military forces.
Military operations of Turkish Armed Forces against PKK in the north of Iraq, for the first time held in 1986, periodically take place even now. Last time Turkish forces invaded northern Iraq and attacked PKK in February 2008.
Several days ago terrorists attacked a Turkish Army post in country's Shamdili region, leaving 17 Turkish servicemen dead. Official Ankara sent a note to Iraq on the occasion. Turkey believes Iraq must restore control over the territory and counteract terrorists.
Omar Ismail said Iraq controls its territory.
"It is difficult to control severe mountains in the north of Iraq. A year ago Turkey attempted to capture the mountains, but failed. There are mountainous areas in Turkey which official Ankara fails to control," said diplomat.
Ambassador said terrorists will not be able to create a Kurdish state in Iraq. "That is impossible. That is impossible to create a country within a country. Masud Barzani leads the Kurdish administration in the north of Iraq. However, that is not an independent state, but a territory of Iraq."
Iraq and Turkey should jointly struggle against PKK, said Omar Ismail, adding that terrorists mainly gather at the border of the two countries. "But it is obscure where hides a threat for Turkey - in Iraq or in Turkey."