Iraqi President invites Turkish team to examine Kirkuk deed records
( Cihan ) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has invited a Turkish delegation to examine deed records in Kirkuk, said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on his way back to Turkey from Riyadh.
PM Erdogan on Wednesday came together with Talabani on the sidelines of the Arab League summit meeting held in Saudi Arabian capital.
The two leaders discussed many regional and bilateral issued including the terrorist attacks into Turkish territories from northern Iraq and the controversial issue of the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
Erdogan conveyed the discomfort that Turkey felt over events in Kirkuk, where thousands of Turkmen, or ethnic Turks, were living and demographic changes are obviously observed. The Iraqi leader, then, proposed Turkish premier to send a delegation to conduct studies and look into whether the records of deeds of Kirkuk have been erased, as local Turkmen claimed.
"Let Turkey's consulate in Mosul look into this and carry out demographic studies. The base for these deeds is in Baghdad," Talabani reportedly told Erdogan.
In response to the offer, Erdogan said they welcomed the suggestion and added that Ankara would make a decision very soon after assessments.
"We can solve some conflicts between us through dialogue", Erdogan told reporters following the meeting in Riyadh as Talabani said that they came to an agreement to solve issues through dialogue.