On government formation
Turkmen Front warns Kurdish parties

August 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Kirkuk, 22 August 2018, the leadership of Turkmen Front express their views on the formation of a government. Photo: KirkukNow

Kirkuk, 22 August 2018, the leadership of Turkmen Front express their views on the formation of a government. Photo: KirkukNow

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The Turkmen Front warned the Kurdish leadership that solving the disputed areas issue goes through the front, not the major Iraqi parties that are attempting to form the government.
The front also warns against any agreement to run the disputed areas through accords with Shia and Sunni leadership.
The message was given on 22 August, where Arshad Salhi spoke in a presser, along with some other leaders of the party.

If you want a solution, we have one. We decide what happens in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu

“Our message to our Kurdish brethren in the Kurdish parties is that the issue of the disputed areas, Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu cannot be resolved by an agreement between you and any other party which wants to form a government,” Salhi said, “If you want a solution, we have one. We decide what happens in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu.”
Any attempt to resolve the issue through accords with Sunni and Shia leaders, he said, would fail, “The issue is related to us.”

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He called on the Kurdish leadership to resolve the issue through negotiations, “We have a project for Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu.”
However, he did not elaborate on the project.
The message comes following a day after the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad visited Tuz Khurmatu in Salahadin and Kirkuk City, both disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad according to the constitution of Iraq with a considerable Turkmen population.

We have a project for Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu

The official media outlets of the Turkmen Front considered the visit as “historical for Turkmens”, although some people on the social media protested it.
Salhi also called on Shia leaders to have “an explicit stance” over the issues, “We do not need to warn you through the media and propaganda, we need you to implement [your slogans] in practice.”
Salhi further asked, “Are you with the Turkmen group in Iraq or not? Or you want to separate Turkmens by sects of Islam?”

Turkmen Front is the largest Turkmen political entity in Iraq. The remarks follow a failed attempt by the largest winning blocs in parliament to form a government after Kurdish leadership did not support them.

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