TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent lawmaker at the Iraqi
Parliament voiced Turkmens' strong opposition to any
plan to divide Iraq into three states, and described it
as an Israeli plot to undermine Iraq's power.
"Disintegrating Iraq into three Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish states is
a plot hatched by Israel," Mohammad Mehdi Bayati, a Turkmen
member of the Iraqi parliament, said on Wednesday.
He added that Turkmens are strongly against the plot, specially
creation of an independent Kurdish state as proposed by Prime
Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan
Barzani which would also include Turkmen regions.
Bayati stated that the plot is based on ethnic discrimination,
aimed at undermining the Iraqi nation, and called on Iraq's
politicians to avoid tilting to ethnic tendencies.
Earlier media reports have unveiled close cooperation between
Iraqi Kurdistan region and Israel.
A report by the Dutch Daily Telegraph said in October 2012 that
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has had the biggest
arms trade with Israel that made the region the top importer of
The report revealed that the KRG leader's son, Massrour Barzani,
has struck an arms deal with an Israeli military industries
delegation and a US company owned by three Israeli businessmen.
The Israeli arms cargo will be shipped to the Iraqi Kurdistan
region via Iraq-Syria border.
The region will top the customers of Israel in Asia for the
current year after conducting consecutive transactions worth
$ 20 billion to buy 12 fighter aircraft, 20 combat helicopter,
3 transportation helicopters and the highly advanced Israeli
Abrams tanks and a missile shield, anti-aircraft guns and
artilleries, personnel carrier, military boats and radar systems.
Israel has long been seeking a plot to divide the regional
countries into smaller states in a bid to undermine their power
and stir ethnic and religious strife among them. In Iraq, the
Zionist regime and its American backers have long been striving
to divide the Muslim country into Sunni, Shiite and Kurd regions.