Mar 20, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Establishment of Iraqi Turkmen Autonomy

A press release issued by the Iraqi Turkmen Autonomy Organisation, urges Turkmen political institutions and civil societies to cooperate for the achievement of the autonomy for Turkmen
The former Iraqi regime distorted the demography of Iraqi society and politics to create a dissolved community and dictate the Ba’ath ideology to the Iraqis. This severely harmed all sections of the Iraqi community.

The Iraqi people have experienced two general elections and a referendum on constitution after the removal of Ba’ath regime, which aim to constitute a new Democratic Iraq to unite all sections of Iraqi community.

In this new era we should subjectively study the situation of Turkmen. The present Turkmen political authorities failed to lead the community and expose the strength of the 3 million Turkmen.

The Turkmen of Iraq possess all the constituents of a nation: history, culture, geography and society.

We hereby declare the establishment of an organization under the name of Iraqi Turkmen Autonomy. We demand autonomy for the Turkmen of Iraq in the regions where they constitute the majority, before exposure to demographic changes. The Turkmen autonomy is going to be part of the Iraqi state and connected directly to the central government in Baghdad and not to the Kurdish region.

The Turkmen concentration is found from Talafar in the Northwest to Badra and al-Aziziyya in the al-Kut province in mid eastern Iraq. The following are historical Turkmen cities: Telafer, Erbil, Altun Kopru, Kerkuk, Kifri, Kizil Rabat, Mendili and Khanakin.

Kerkuk city, whose linguistic, cultural and ethnic identity is distinctly coloured by the Turkmen presence, will be the capital of Turkmen autonomy region.

We call upon:

- All the Turkmen political institutions and civil society organizations to participate in the preparatory assembly and cooperate for the achievement of the autonomy for Turkmen.

- The other Iraqi political parties and organisations to support the Turkmen of Iraq and their right to autonomy.