Political Since 2017-04-04 at 17:00 (Baghdad time)
Baghdad Mawazine News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the refusal to raise the flag of the Kurdistan region in the city of Kirkuk and said only raise the Iraqi national flag and that what happened is a big mistake and the Kurds are playing separatism.
"Kirkuk is not for Kurds only, for Turks, for Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds and others," Erdogan said in a speech at a mass opening ceremony for some projects in the city of Reza.
"It is wrong to raise a second flag in Kirkuk other than the Iraqi flag and to inform the owners of that knowledge that they are practicing secessionism," he said.
"The lifting of any non-Iraqi flag in Kirkuk is unacceptable and the province is not for Kurds only." Pointing out that the Iraqi flag is the "national flag" in Iraq and everyone should stand under it and let those who wish to practice separatism know.
Erdogan announced that Turkey is preparing for a new phase of operations in Syria after the end of Operation Euphrates Shield.
The reactions in Turkey continued during the speech on the decision to raise the flag of the Kurdish regional administration in Iraq on government buildings in Kirkuk.
Where the Turkmen organized demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul in protest against the decision.
Hundreds of Turkmen living in Ankara took to the streets carrying Turkish and Turkmen flags and staged a protest in Goven Park.
During the demonstration, slogans calling for the resignation of the governor and emphasizes the Turkoman Kirkuk and its survival Turkmen.
For his part, President of the Turkish Association of Iraq Abbas Turkman thanked Turkey for its support.
Turkmen residents also met in Istanbul in front of the Iraqi Consulate General.
Turkmen also protested here the decision to raise the flag of the Kurdish regional administration on government buildings in Kirkuk.
The adviser to President Yalkin Tupo, criticized the lifting of the flag of the Kurdistan region alongside the Iraqi flag in the official departments of the province, "Kirkuk" Iraqi, pointing out that Kirkuk is a national issue of Turkey can not be turned away.
"Turkmen, Arabs and Kurds are right in Kirkuk," he said. "Whoever ignores Turkomans in Kirkuk will turn his life into hell."
The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed its alarm at the decision taken by the Kirkuk Provincial Council to raise the flag of the Kurdistan region alongside the Iraqi flag in the official circles, while the Turkmen and Arab deputies boycotted the council vote on the resolution, which is "a violation of the Iraqi constitution."
The Kirkuk provincial council decided on Tuesday to raise the Kurdish flag over the official buildings in the province, amid the boycott of Arab and Turkmen members of the council, which generated different reactions between supporters of the resolution and opposition, considering it "unconstitutional and lacks legitimacy."