Independent Kurdistan state never to appear in Iraq: vice-president

Politics Materials 11 June 2009 17:07 (UTC +04:00)

Independent Kurdistan state will never appear on Iraq, Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi said at the meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of his visit to Ankara, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.

"We will not allow establishment of independent Kurdistan state," al-Hashimi said.

Leader of the PKK Murat Karayilan said he is ready to negotiate with Ankara. He urged Turkey not to miss this opportunity. "If this chance is missed, such an opportunity will not appear any more," he said.

The Kurd Workers Party (PKK) was established with the support of the Soviet Union in 1970s. The party committed acts of terrorism against civilians and military targets in Turkey in late 1980s. The PKK is considered to be a terrorist organization in many countries. The organization's chief goal is to establish independent Kurd state in the South-Eastern Turkey and Northern Iraq.

Separatist ideas were spread amongst the Kurdish population in Iraq's Halabje city in 1988. Saddam Huseyn who was in power at that time used a chemical weapon against the population of this city. This weapon killed roughly millions of civilians.

PKK must cease armed resistance, otherwise it will be expelled from Iraq, al-Hashimi said.

"PKK is dangerous for both Iraq and Turkey," the Iraqi vice-president said.