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UPDATED: 08:37, March 01, 2006
Turkish PM meets Iraqi counterpart on sectarian violence
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met here on Tuesday with his visiting Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari on the latest sectarian violence in Iraq.

Erdogan told reporters after the meeting that "It is impossible for Sunnis to bomb the Ali al-Hadi Mausoleum, one of the holiest Shiite mosques. Political and religious authorities should take joint actions against terrorism to prevent terrorist groups from reaching their goals and intentions."

Turkey expected that Iraq's territorial integrity should be preserved, all resources of Iraq should belong to all Iraqi people, ethnical elements should not have sovereignty on each other, none of the sectarian groups should dominate others and Kirkuk should have a special status, according to Erdogan.

He emphasized that all those could be achieved by a broad-based Iraqi government.

On his part, al-Jaafari said he would like to thank Turkey for sending a special representative to Iraq and showing great support for his country.

Undesired incidents that took place in Iraq over the recent days were intentional terrorist activities, he noted, indicating that enemies of Iraq who could not assimilate the process in Iraq carried out harmful activities to prepare a basis for continuation of lack of security.

On the other hand, these incidents caused Iraqi people to be united, he said, underlining that the Iraqi people were aware that these incidents were complot and provocation.

The Iraqi government started to exert efforts to prevent these violent acts from spreading over the country, and the incidents were taken under control, the Iraqi official was quoted as saying.

Al-Jaafari arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday for a formal visit. This is his third visit to Turkey, the first in 2004 as deputy president and the second in 2005 as prime minister.

Source: Xinhua


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