ENDLESS WARS IF KURDISH AREAS PARTITIONED

ANKARA, Feb 22 (KUNA) — Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul said Thursday the partition of Iraq would pave way for endless “bloody wars” in the region, noting that establishing a Kurdish state in Northern Iraq was “a mere imagination.” “Establishing an independent Kurdish state in Northern Iraq … is a mere imagination and distant from reality specially that the Kurdish leaders realize how impossible is that,” Gul said in an interview with the Turkish Channel Seven.The Turkish government’s proposal to meet representatives of the Kurdish factions does not mean a recognition of an independent Kurdish region in Northern Iraq.

“Why we refuse the establishment of a Kurdish state in the North of Iraq, the reason is clear, we are against the partition of Iraq because this will trigger endless wars in the region,” explained Gul.The partition of Iraq will spark a civil war which will force neighboring countries to intervene “whether they like it or not,” said Gul and noted that the Americans realize this fact very well.

Gul said Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and President of the Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani, both Kurds, should talk “with us” over Kurdish-related issues.The Turkish foreign minister expressed grave concern that ethnic and sectarian massacres would prevail in Iraq.

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