Turkey does not want 'tattered and divided' Iraq

Turkey does not want 'tattered and divided' Iraq

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A general view shows the citadel of the Kurdish city of Arbil in northern Iraq, 09 January 2008. Media reports have said that UNESCO has plans to restore the citadel, which is located in the center of Arbil, and is built on layers of archaeological ruins which represent consecutive historical settlements, since the building of the first village in that place around the 6th millennium BC. The citadel witnessed the rule of many consecutive nations, starting by the Sumarians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and Muslims. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

khou.com

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's deputy prime minister says his country does not want to see a "tattered and divided" Iraq.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's comments Monday came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan in Iraq, following territorial gains by a jihadi group in Iraq.

Arinc voiced support for Iraq's territorial integrity and said "foreign forces" should leave the country.

Turkey has built close trade ties with the Iraq's Kurdish regional government, recently becoming a conduit for Iraqi Kurdish oil shipments. But Turkey fears that an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would inspire its own Kurdish population.

Arinc said 80 Turkish hostages seized June 11 by the jihadis in Mosul were well and hoped they would be released during the month of Ramadan.

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