Turkey says regional administration in north of Iraq cannot be impartial now
Turkey gave a message that regional administration in the north of Iraq could not be impartial now, diplomatic sources said on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting with Massoud Barzani, the head of regional administration in north of Iraq, in Istanbul.
Diplomatic officials quoted Davutoglu as telling Barzani that Turkey welcomed the regional administration's offering its condolences to Turkey after the latest attack in Cukurca town in southeastern province of Hakkari and sending its official to Ankara. Davutoglu said these steps were right and positive, stating that this positive process should continue.
Terrorist organization PKK prevented the positive process in the region, officials quoted Davutoglu as telling Barzani in the meeting, adding that terrorist organization was not only a threat for Turkey but also for the north of Iraq. Regional administration in the north of Iraq could not be impartial now, he said.
Barzani's visit to Turkey ahead of Feast of Sacrifice was a positive message for Turkish-Kurdish brotherhood, Davutoglu said.
Turkey asked for a more effective cooperation from the regional administration in fight against terrorism, he said.
Diplomatic officials quoted Barzani as saying that presence of terrorist organization in the north of Iraq was against Iraqi constitution.