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 Kurdish lawmaker slams U.S. over military assistance to Turkey

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Kurdish lawmaker slams U.S. over military assistance to Turkey  20.12.2007

December 20, 2007

Baghdad, -- A Kurdistan Alliance leader criticized on Thursday the U.S. policy of providing military assistance to Turkish troops in their bombing of Kurdistan 'northern Iraqi regions', describing the cooperation as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

While stressing the strength of U.S.-Kurdish relations, Kurdish leader and lawmaker Dr Mahmoud Othman said, "U.S.-Turkish cooperation in the bombing of regions in northern Iraq is a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and a breach of U.S. commitment to protect Iraq's sovereignty and borders."

"It also contradicts the declaration of intentions and principles signed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. President George W. Bush last month, which provides for U.S. protection of Iraqi borders and national government," the parliamentarian indicated.

Slashing the United States for providing "incorrect intelligence reports" to the Turks, Othman said, "The victims of the Turkish shelling were civilians," in referernce to a Turkish bombing of villages in Iraq's Kurdistan region a few days ago.       

Dr Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish legislator, member of the Kurdistan National Democratic Union
On Tuesday Turkish Ambassador to Washington Nabi Sensoy said that the U.S. administration provided his country with necessary intelligence that led to raids in Kurdistan region 'northern Iraq' on Turkey's Kurdish PKK militants on Sunday.

On Monday, about 500-600 Turkish troops penetrated two kilometers into the Kurdistan region in pursuit of members of the Turkey's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in 'northern Iraq'.

Iraqi Kurdistan politician says, Turkey is using Turkey's Kurdish separatist PKK rebel group as an excuse to invade Kurdistan region 'Iraq' to prevent the establishment of Kurdistan state in the Kurdish autonomous region in 'northern Iraq', Turkey fears this could fan separatism among its own large Kurdish population in southeast Turkey.

In October, Othman said "We warn against any military action because it will add to the complexity of the situation and create more enemies for the United States and Turkey. They have to reconsider their policies," Othman explained.

"The U.S. must be aware of the magnitude of threats posing on a daily basis against the territories of Iraqi Kurdistan Region," said Othman, accusing the Turkish government of trying to throw a monkey wrench into the democratic experiment of the Kurdistan region.

"If Turkey is really keen on fighting PKK members, why shouldn't it fight them on its lands now that there is an intensive  presence of PKK inside Turkey," wondered Othman.

Earlier Othman said "Considering the PKK as a terrorist party will give Ankara an excuse to crush the Party inside Iraq,"

"Turkey has been committing the crime of terrorism against the Kurdish people since almost 100 years and isn't granting them their rights." That's why it's not sensible to describe the PKK as a terrorist organization. Because the PKK is struggling against the terrorism committed being committed by the Turkish government," Othman added.

Turkey has massed up to 100,000 troops along the frontier in preparation for a cross-border operation to crush about 3,000 guerrillas of the PKK, blamed for attacks that killed 15 Turkish soldiers.

Since 1984 the PKK took up arms for self-rule in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in southeast of Turkey.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, granting them full political freedoms.



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