Turkey Rejects a Kurdish State

For years, the Kurds and Turkish have fought for the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq which has led to multiple suicide bombings in Turkey and thousands of deaths on both sides. On Friday, deputy chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Mehmet Gunal spoke of Turkish support for Iraq’s territorial integrity. In other words, Turkey would fight to protect that national sovereignty of Iraq if the Kurdish were to form a state in northern Iraq.

Gunal cited the 1926 Treaty of Ankara which defines the settlement of the frontier between Turkey and Iraq and forces Turkey to support Iraq if their territorial integrity is threatened. However, if Turkey wants to end the blood shed caused by the Kurds, a formal agreement between Turkey and the Kurds needs to be signed which isn’t possible without the establishment of a state in northern Iraq.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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