Turks hold secret meeting to influence Iraq constitution

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    Turks hold secret meeting to influence Iraq constitution
    Turkey, worried about Iraq’s unity and Kirkuk, is hosting a secret meeting at which Iraq’s constitution, which is to be prepared by 18th of August, is being discussed. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party were not invited to the meeting .


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    Representatives of the ethnic groups in the Iraqi parliament and experts met in Abant the day before yesterday through the initiative of the Foreign Ministry and the Middle East and Balkan Studies Foundation.

    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party were not invited to the meeting, entitled "Transition to a Constitutional Regime in Iraq", which will end tomorrow. Rather than Kurdish politicians, Kurdish constitutional law experts were present.

    Turkey is being represented by Special Representative for Iraq, Ambassador Osman Koruturk and Foreign Ministry Iraq Department Director Huseyin Avni Botsali.

    Included among the participants are Shiite representative Abbas Beyati, Turkoman Front representative Riyas Sarkikahya, Justice Ministry Undersecretary and constitutional law expert Ismet Abd al-Majid, representative Gassen Atiye, who recently returned from exile, and representatives of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

    Turkey has called for a special status for Kirkuk, for elements that would divide the country not to be included in the constitution, and for the Turkomans, as well as the Kurds and Arabs, to be cited as founding elements.

    Source : Kurdish Media



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