AN ASSESSMENT ABOUT THE FINAL STATUS BY KAZANCI
The Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Coordinator and Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı participated in a program ‘Halk Meydanı’ (Agora) broadcast by Türkmeneli TV and made important statements about the security status in Iraq, affiliating Tuzhurmatu with Kirkuk and the visit of ITF Executive Board to Turkey.
“ THE GOVERNMENT HAS LOST ITS LEGITIMACY”
Kazanci mentioned the attack on the Intelligence Department Directorate in Kirkuk and the conflict between the terrorists who occupied the shopping mall next to it and security forces and said that acts of terror had peaked in Iraq in the last term. Kazancı emphasized that terror attacks had reached dangerous proportions particularly in Kirkuk and Tuzhurmatu and said, “Intelligence units are the ones which ensure the survival of a country. If those units are compromised it means that security has departed that country and the government has lost its legitimacy because the government is tasked with ensuring the security of the citizens ”.
Kazancı also thanked Kirkuk Chief of Police General Turhan Abdurrahman for fighting heroically in the attack against the Intelligence Department Directorate. Kazancı indicated that combating terror was a task for police and that the military intervention in the attack against the Intelligence Department Directorate had been mistaken and said, “If General Abdurrahman would have been allowed to handle the situation the building would not have burned. The hostage would have been alive. The terrorists would have been incapacitated”.
“A TRIPLE MECHANISM SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED TO ENSURE SECURITY”
Kazanci indicated that a triple mechanism should be established to ensure security in the country and said, “This triple mechanism must consist of the central government, the Kurdistan government and the Turkmen”. Kazancı underlined that combating terror had become a global issues after the twin towers attack in the USA and said that Iraq could ask the United Nations, NATO and experienced neighboring countries such as Turkey for help in combating terror. Kazancı emphasized that resolution proposals should be made instead of condemning and issuing harsh statements for acts of terror.
CONNECTION TUZHURMATU TO KIRKUK…
Kazancı explained his views regarding the arguments about linking Tuzhurmatu with Kirkuk. Kazancı reminded of the request of Martyr Ali Haşim Muhtaroğlu for Tuzhurmatu to have a special federal status and said, “It does not matter where Tuzhurmatu is connected, if the place it is connected to cannot ensure its rights and laws they will demand for this. I am not insistent about where it should be connected. I want a solution to the problem”.
“TURKEY IS A COUNTRY ENVIED IN THE MIDDLE EAST”
Kazancı said that the AK party had been in government for 11 years and due to the courageous and solid steps taken by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkey had become the 17th strongest economy in the world. Kazancı indicated that because of the policies of the AK Party government Turkey had reached a position which was envied in the Middle East and said, “Everyone sees Turkey as a path-finding northern star and endeavors to follow in its wake”.
Kazancı indicated policy in the Middle East had been executed with conflict and tension for a long time and underlined that the Kurdish movement was in the center of this conflict. Kazancı said that that in order to control the Middle East the Kurdish card had to be played and continued by saying:
“Because of the courageous steps by AK Party Chairperson and Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey the Esteemed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan good relations have been established with Barzani. That is how the Kurdistan region established welfare, established democracy. He started the peace process within to stop the 35-40 year bloodshed. Turkey eliminated the middlemen and seized the initiative. Regional and global forces who were structuring policies over tension were disturbed in a major way by this.”
“THE IDEAS OF PRIME MINISTER ERDOĞAN ARE A ROAD MAP FOR US”
Kazanci underlined the fact that the people of the region did not want to part with the democracy, welfare and stability captured on account of Erdoğan’s courageous steps and continued by saying:
“That is what the prime minister of the Republic of Turkey is like … he is the prime minister of a party the success of which very few can replicate in the world … A party which came to power through democratic means and which has held that power in its hands for 11 years … To come together with such a prime minister and have him allocate two hours of his time under this hectic agenda is a matter of great honor and pride for the Iraqi Turkmen Front. The thoughts of such a leader are very important for us and qualify as a path finder, a road map.”
Kazancı indicated that Prime Minister Erdoğan had given the message that “The Turkmen are a priority in the foreign policy of the Republic of Turkey” at the meeting and said, “The Turkmen were always on the agenda of Turkey. Turkey always takes steps in Iraq which prioritize the Turkmen. Never mind what some local newspapers write”.
Kazancı said that the relations Turkey had established recently in Iraq had strengthened the hand of the Turkmen and steered them into taking courageous steps in Iraq’s policies and that the meeting with Prime Minister Erdoğan had been very positive as well as a source of honor for the Turkmen, the Iraqi Turkmen Front and the Iraqi people.
Kazancı reminded that after the AK Party came into power Turkmen rights had been on the agenda of all meetings which were held with the groups in Iraq and said, “They were always reminded ‘not to forget the Turkmen’. The presence of Turkey, being strong there and having good relations with Iraqi groups strengthens our hand”. Kazancı added that the objective of the black propaganda was to block Turkey.
“WE MUST DO SOMETHING TOO”
Kazanci emphasized that in return for the priority given by Turkey the Turkmen should also do something and said, “For us two centers in Iraq are very important. Baghdad and Arbil … We must have good relations with both and get our share of the power and be involved in the decision making mechanism. In addition there is a major benefit in working in coordination with Ankara”.
Kazancı also mentioned that after the meeting with Prime Minister Erdoğan the meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu had also been extremely sincere and said, “We must work seriously before and after the elections in order to ensure that the contents of these meetings do not stay there”. Kazancı also indicated that the messages imparted by Davutoğlu were significant for them.