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No: 320, 16 October 2017, Press Release Regarding the Developments in Kirkuk and the Iraqi Government’s Stance

We are closely following the steps by the Iraqi Government to reinstitute its constitutional sovereignty over the city of Kirkuk, which is a model of the country’s social mosaic, and home to our Turcoman Kinsmen throughout history, following the KRG’s illegitimate referendum that was held in violation of the Iraqi Constitution.

We welcome the Iraqi Government’s statement that the presence of the members of the PKK terrorist organization will not be tolerated within the city of Kirkuk and that the mobilization of such units would be considered as a declaration of war.

We warn the KRG not to add a new one to the grave mistakes it has recently committed. Those who were instrumental in helping the PKK, which may attempt to disrupt peace and harmony in Kirkuk, find a refuge in this region will also be held accountable by us.

Taking this opportunity, we emphasize once more the importance we attach to the preservation of Iraq’s political unity and territorial integrity. We underscore that we are ready to any form of cooperation with the Iraqi Government to annihilate PKK’s presence on Iraqi soil.

Turkey will stand by the Iraqi Government during the steps it will take to establish lasting peace and stability in the country.