KAZANCI PARTICIPATED IN THE COMMEMORIAL HELD FOR MUHTAROĞLU BY TRT TÜRK
Kazancı who defined Muhtaroğlu as ‘a person who had dedicated his whole life to the Turkmen cause’ on the program explained that Muhtaroğlu was a person who diagnosed problems most correctly and delivered the best resolution alternatives. Kazancı emphasized that Muhtaroğlu was a person who was for solidarity, unity, integrity and fraternity and said, “The way to fan the flames of ethnic-sectoral conflict is to remove such people”. Kazancı reminded that Muhtaroğlu has broadcast messages of solidarity-unity on Turkmeneli Television the day before he was martyred.
IT WILL NOT BE EASY TO REPLACE SOMEONE LIKE ALİ HAŞİM
Kazancı pointed out that after 2003 various forces of evel had tried to stir ethnic-sectoral conflict within the Turkmen community and said, “They all failed. These efforts will fail also. Of course our sorrow, our loss is great. Someone like Ali Haşim is hard to replace. His shoes cannot be filled. However, this cause will go on. Because the ongoing process will generate many Ali Haşims”.
Kazancı said that during the past year Muhtaroğlu had been a target many times and continued by saying: “The intention of these attacks is to tear away the traditional support to the Turkmen cause and channel it into a different course. These attacks did not only target the deceased Ali Haşim. In addition to the armed attacks there is evidence of black propaganda. We were faced with black propaganda which was aimed at changing the strategy of the Iraqi Turkmen Front via the press. But just like in the past, we have the cadres to overcome all this.”
THE THREE PILLARS OF THE STATE …
Kazancı indicated that the state was supported by three basic pillars which are delivering security, justice and work to the people and said, “When the state loses one of these pillars the state loses its legitimacy. Unfortunately in Iraq no pillars are left standing’. Kazancı indicated that people were afraid to hold public ceremonies for fear of terror attacks which was why the memorial ceremony for Ali Haşim Muhtaroğlu had been kept very modest. Kazancı also emphasized that the commission which was established to investigate the attack could not go to the area due to lack of security.
THE ARMED FORCE SHOULD BE COMMANDED BY ITF
Kazancı explained that a sectoral based militia force was in the process of being established in order to ensure the security of Turkmen and commented, “We oppose this. A force based on a single sect will escalate tension. If an armed force comprising of Turkmen is established then it should be commanded by the Iraqi Turkmen Front. That is the right thing to do. Otherwise the endeavor will have no consequences except for increasing tension there”.
THE GOVERNMENT IS AT ODDS WITH EVERYONE
Kazancı explained that it has not been possible to enact the decisions made in Parliament regarding the Turkmen and the reason was because the government was at odds with everyone.
Kazancı emphasized that the problem in Kirkuk was political and that the Kurdi-Turkmen struggle which has been the aim did not realize because of the culture of co-existence which dates back to the Ottoman era. Kazancı said there were efforts to stir an ethnic fight in parallel with the sect fight among Turkmen and said, “I believe all these efforts will prove to be useless”. Kazancı indicated that the best solution for Kirkuk was to share the administrative and political issues.
TURKEY IS TAKING NECESSARY ACTION
When asked about his expectations from Turkey Kazancı said, “Turkey is taking necessary action. If it were not for Turkey the Turkmen would probably face extinction. It is with the moral support of Turkey that the Turkmen stand upright today. It is through Turkey that the Turkmen have international and regional recognizance”.