» 02/28/2007, 00.00
IRAQ – TURKEY
Referendum in Kirkuk postponed by two years
News about delay is reported in Iraqi paper but has not been officially confirmed. Baghdad and Ankara, the referendum’s main opponent, agree on a later date. Issue will likely be discussed when Kurdish president talks to Turkish leaders in upcoming meeting.
Archbishop Sako: in Kirkuk, "shameful" acts against the country's "fragile" recovery
The archbishop of Kirkuk expresses the condemnation by political and religious leaders over the attack yesterday morning, which caused the death of 28 people. The attack struck a crowd demonstrating against the new electoral law. Political and economic interests are undermining the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan.
02/11/2007 TURKEY – IRAQ
Rice in Ankara to stop Turkish attack in Kurdistan
US Secretary will meet Turkey’s president and prime minister. She is also scheduled to meet three-way with Turkish and Iraqi foreign ministers to find a common strategy against PKK “terrorists.”
23/10/2007 TURKEY – IRAQ – UNITED STATES
Erdoğan pondering joint anti-PKK operation with US, hopes for peace come from Baghdad
Turkey’s foreign minister meets Iraqi leaders to find a common solution. Kurdish ceasefire offer is rejected.
26/10/2007 IRAQ – TURKEY
Not in Turkey’s interests to attack Kurdistan
This is what Saywan Barzani, Iraqi Kurdistan’s representative in Europe, said in an interview with AsiaNews. In his opinion a “large scale” Turkish intervention against the PKK the Turkish government and army aim at revamping their own fortunes on a theme that can unify the country, the never-ending Kurdish Question.
23/02/2008 IRAQ - TURKEY
Bishop of Arbil: a "cry of pain" over the Turkish attack in Kurdistan
The bishop, who speaks in the name of his "brother bishops, of the Muslim religious leaders, and above all of the population, the sole victim of this aggression", condemns the attack by the Turkish army against the Kurdish territory. The zones struck "do not harbor rebels, only civilians".
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