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Bush Assures Turkish Leader on Kurds in Iraq

President Bush, seeking to mend frayed relations with Turkey, sought to assure Turkey’s prime minister yesterday that the United States is working to prevent a possible breakup of Iraq that would give the Kurdish minority its own state. “The United States’ ambition is for a peaceful country, a democratic Iraq that is territorially intact,” Bush told Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they met with reporters before lunch at the White House. Turkey has a sizable Kurdish minority and officials fear even greater autonomy for the Kurdish population in Iraq — whose lands border Turkey — would fuel a Kurdish independence movement In Turkey. Full Story

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