ITF TURKEY REPRESENTATIVE KAZANCI MET WITH AK PARTY GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT KURTULMUŞ
After the meeting a joint press conference was arranged and Dr. Hicran Kazancı said that they had discussed the developments in Iraq, the deepening crisis and stopping the violence in the Turkmeneli region. Kazancı said:
“Turkey is the main country which can be effective in stopping the crisis in Iraq from deepening any further and stopping the bloodbaths. It is evident particularly after 2003 that in its policies in terms of Iraq, Turkey has maintained an equal distance to all the groups there. Turkey has arranged for those injured in terror related explosions to be examined and treated in Turkey without delay. This is arranged without considering ethnic identities. … Turkey made significant efforts to have the Sunni included in the political equation when they were excluded. The same efforts would have been executed on behalf of the Shiites if they had been excluded.”
Kazancı thanked Kurtulmuş for his concern.
In his speech Kurtulmuş emphasized that the problems in the region could be resolved with stability and negotiations by saying, “We are for the integration of the people in the region. We want the Iraqi Turkmen to have a say in the future of Iraq”. Kurtulmuş indicated that two words held the key to establishing peace in the region by saying:
“One of these words is stability. The second one is negotiation. Yes, there may be problems between us. There may be political, social, economic problems among the people of these territories, these regions. In order to resolve these problems we are obliged to be receptive to negotiation and that these negotiations produce common ideas as well as act in such a way that the interests of all the people in the region are taken into consideration. The second issue is political stability. Policies established on the incitement of conflict, segregation, differences, diversity will not be beneficial. In addition, it is clearly evident and natural that we have unique emotional ties with our Turkmen brothers in Northern Iraq. We are in close affiliation with the Turkmen in Northern Iraq, Kirkuk, Mosul and Telafar who are our kin.”