INTERNATIONAL > Iraq slams Turkish FM Kirkuk visit

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and the governor of Kirkuk Najm al-Din Omar Karim (L), give a joint press conference following their meeting. AFP Photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and the governor of Kirkuk Najm al-Din Omar Karim (L), give a joint press conference following their meeting. AFP Photo

The Iraqi foreign ministry on Thursday sharply criticized a visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to Kirkuk, saying it had not been informed of or approved the trip.
It is a new low for already-chilly relations between Iraq and its neighbor to the north, which have been marred by disputes.

"It is not in the interest of Turkey or any other party to underestimate the national sovereignty and violate the rules of international relations and not comply with the most basic regulations in the relations of states and officials," a statement on the foreign ministry's website said.
"All of that was done without the knowledge or approval of the foreign ministry and without going to the official and diplomatic channels to organize this visit," it said.
The foreign ministry statement termed the visit "blatant interference in Iraq's internal affairs," and said that Turkey should be ready for "the results of this action" and its potential "negative effects on relations between the two countries."


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Turk Uzan

8/3/2012 8:50:58 AM

@ Mara McGlothin, If you believe the AKP will let Iraq splinter you should look again. The Turkish government wants the Iraqi government gone, It's a Shia government under Irans influence while Turkey has a LOT of influence on Kurdish Iraq, simply because we supply them with water, electricity, most of their trade etc. The AKP wants a regime it can influence like the Kurdish regional government, Turkey will be the first to say no to Iraqi Kurds splintering from Iraq.

mara mcglothin

8/2/2012 8:23:35 PM

RICH They are just hoping that all the Kurds in Turkey will want to move across the border and solve the problem. Yeah, SAM are you really surprised by yet another backward move by this man. People don't even obey traffic signals in Turkey, what problem would it be to go against protocol. They do it all the time...at the Olympics at the G20 summit and on and on. Rules were meant to be broken....by Turks! Nobody else should try this!

sam stevens

8/2/2012 7:12:34 PM

Another blunder by the professor ! This is like gate crashing someone's home, sheer bad manners for which there's no excuse.

Nuri Gotham

8/2/2012 7:02:32 PM

Finally, Turkey realizes the potantial of Kurdish-Turkish friendship that has roots back to the times of Zengi and Saladdin of medieval times. A genuinly democratic and EU candidateTurkey, needs a democratic, stable and oil rich Kurdistan as neighbor.

rich bind

8/2/2012 5:47:42 PM

Turkey is helping the Kurds in Iraq to splinter off into a seperate state. Just what the Kurds in Turkey want to do and just what the Turks will not allow. Maybe Turkey should decide if Kurds are entitled to independance if its okay in Iraq, why not okay in Turkey?
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