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    Kirkuk's Worst Fear Comes True

    Hürriyet Haber
    02.02.2005 - 10:43 | Son Güncelleme:

    The residents of Kirkuk's worst fear came true as Kurds moved back to Kirkuk en masse. Kurds claimed 68% of the votes in local elections that were held in Kirkuk. According to the Kurdish news agency Havlati, Kurds won 26 of the 41 seats in the local parliament.

    French AFP agency reported that this outcome would foster the worries
    already apparent in Turkey. Jalal Talabani, the leader of Kurdistan Democrat Party, claimed that the Kurdish parties that joined elections in a common list had predicted win 25 % of the seats at the new parliament.

    Evaluating the outcome of elections at his headquarters in Suleymaniye,
    Talabani said that Kirkuk will be a city based on the brotherhood of
    Kurds and Turkomans.

    He added that Kirkuk was a city that belongs to Iraqi Kurdistan, and that their model for Kirkuk is Brussels.


    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan continued with his warnings about Kirkuk on Tuesday saying "There had been elements that concerned us in the election process. The unrest in Kirkuk also belongs to us. No one has the right to make us feel that."

    He then added "Everyone should be aware that Turkey is linked to this
    region not only historically but also through kinship and Turkey will not allow the region to be dragged into chaos that will take years to undo."

    Speaking at his party group, Erdogan said "The U.S. in insensitive to democratic ambitions in the region. The powers entitled to establish peace in Iraq have failed to show the necessary sensitivity needed not only in Iraq but also in the region at large. If the initiatives that put democratic steps in Iraq don’t realize their goal, there will be an impasse."

    The Premier added "No step should be taken without considering the legality of Turkey. Turkey will not allow chaos to spiral in Kirkuk."

    Yigit Alpogan, the Secretary General of the National Security Board MGK, advised Washington that a Sunni minister should be appointed to the interim government and that Sunnis should be invited to take part in preparing the constitution.

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