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UPDATED: 08:25, March 01, 2006
Turkish PM calls on Iraqi parties in conflict to abandon violence
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that fire of violence in Iraq should be put out before reaching an irreversible point, the semi-official Anatolia News Agency reported.

Addressing a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Erdogan said a democratic system should be established with Iraqi institution and rules.

"The Iraqi problem is of vital importance. Unfortunately, stability and confidence atmosphere could not be reached in Iraq yet," said Erdogan, who made the remarks before meeting his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who arrived in Turkey Tuesday.

He added that "ensuring peace requires a will stronger than that of war and clash. Iraq's territorial integrity should be maintained, and clashes should be avoided."

Erdogan called on all international actors who claim responsibility for the establishment of peace and democracy to bolster the will to eliminate provocation and instigation.

"It is certain that everyone will suffer unless the flames of ethnic tensions that are being ignited are extinguished. Sparks that are not brought under control in time can rapidly turn into a global problem," Erdogan noted.

Turkey fervently wanted the environment of conflict and violence to be eliminated and the common sense to prevail in Iraq, the minister was quoted as saying.

Turkey has exerted extreme efforts to help Iraq, said Erdogan, noting that "We are there not only to find diplomatic solutions but also to reconstruct Iraq."

Referring to the visit of his Iraqi counterpart, Erdogan said

the two sides would assess what could be done next for Iraq.

Al-Jaafari arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday for a formal visit. He is scheduled to meet with Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

Source: Xinhua

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