ANKARA, Nov 27 (KUNA) -- Turkey voiced concern Tuesday over the security
tension between the federal government in Baghdad and Iraq's Kurdistan region.
Security and stability in Iraq are highly important for Turkey, foreign
ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said in press remarks, and added that Ankara
was in contact with Baghdad and the Kurdish administration over the security
Unal hoped both sides would solve their differences through dialogue and
He, meanwhile, said the Baghdad government's punitive measures against
Turkish companies in Iraq would harm the interests of the Iraqi people.
Iraq's federal government and provincial government of Iraq's Kurdistan
region reached yesterday an agreement in principle stipulating return of all
military forces to their previous locations.
The dispute began after Baghdad command formed a new unit and assigned it
to deploy in Diyala, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk, a matter that angered the Kurds
who sent the Peshmerga troops to outskirts of Kirkuk. (end)
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