Iraqi Turkmen tell U.S. ambassador to stop meddling in domestic affairs

January 20, 2011 at 10:34 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmen tell U.S. ambassador to stop meddling in domestic affairs

 A statement by the Iraqi Turkmen Front, a political umbrella for ethnic Turks in Iraq, accused U.S. ambassador to Iraq, James F. Jeffrey, of heightening ethnic and sectarian tensions in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

By Marwan al-Aani

Azzaman, January 19, 2011

Iraqi ethnic Turks, known locally as Turkmen, have asked U.S. ambassador to Iraq, James F. Jeffrey, to stop meddling in Iraqi internal affairs.

A statement by the Turkmen Front, a political umbrella for ethnic Turks in Iraq, accused Jeffrey of heightening ethnic and sectarian tensions in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Kirkuk is a mixed province where Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen all claim it to themselves. But the Kurds have deployed their militias in the city and currently hold joint patrols with U.S. invasion troops there.

“We call on the U.S. ambassador to put an end to his meddling in internal issues. We do not want him to become a factor deepening Kirkuk’s problems,” the statement,  a copy of which was faxed to the newspaper, said.

The statement was particularly critical of Jeffrey’s call for the implementation of a paragraph in the constitution which if translated into action may lead to full Kurdish control of the province with its massive oil riches.

Both Turkmen and Arabs, who together form the majority in both the provincial capital and the province at large, dispute the paragraph and call for its amendment, describing it as part of ‘an agenda’ to help Kurds wrest control of Kirkuk.

“The continuation of meddling by certain parties in (the country’s) internal affairs is a continuation of instability,” the statement said.

http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news%5C2011-01-19%5Ckurd.htm

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