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Turkish Leader Warns of Kurd Role in Iraq

Kurdish control of an autonomous area in a future Iraqi state would threaten the stability of the country, a view shared by northern Iraq’s neighbors, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, said he will raise those concerns when he meets President Bush at the White House on Wednesday. Turkish leaders have repeatedly said they fear that expanding Kurdish self-rule in northern Iraq could lead to the country breaking apart and could threaten the stability of Iraq’s neighbors, which has sizable Kurdish minorities. “Let me be open and very frank with you,” Erdogan said. “Any federal system based on ethnicity is not going to be healthy and will damage the future of Iraq.” Full Story

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