Jan 20, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Future at Risk

The Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front has claimed that the future of the Turkmen in Iraq is in great jeopardy, due to some in Iraq seeing no place for them in the country.

Below is an article published by the Hurriyet Daily News:

Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front Arshad al-Salehi said the future of Turkmen in Iraq was in danger. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, al-Salehi said some wanted Iraq to be divided into three parts, one each for Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, and did not want Turkmen in the country. Al-Salehi said Turkmen were now in need of “full support” because their future was in danger.

Al-Salehi said the Turkmen Front would attend a national conference to be held in Iraq in the coming days, representing Turkmen. They would then present their demands at the conference, he said. “We will ask support of everyone there. We will hold talks. We will demand meetings from political groups and parties,” he said. Turkmen should be regarded as the cement of Iraq, he said.