Turkey vows to help Iraq with government formation

08:32, October 12, 2010      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey had hosted representatives of different political groups from Iraq in order to contribute to the establishment of new Iraqi government.

"Turkey is in close cooperation with the groups in Iraq and their leaders as it was a country sharing agony and happiness with Iraq. We will try to help if they ask us to. The failure in the establishment of a new government in Iraq and continuation of uncertainties make not only Iraqi people but also surrounding countries uneasy," Erdogan told reporters Monday.

Turkey that once played crucial role for dialogue between Sunnis and Shiites, now tries to facilitate reconciliation of these groups for the formation of a new government, delayed for seven months since the elections.

Turkey hosted two Sunni Iraqi representatives, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Rafi al-Issawi and Deputy President of Iraq Tareq al-Hashemi last week.

The leader of Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution (SCIRI) Ammar al-Hakim visited Turkey and held talks with Turkish officials Monday.

Turkey played a constructive role approaching all parties in balance and encouraging them, al-Hakim told a press conference Monday.

"A government which won't satisfy all the parties in Iraq would lead to more violence. A real national government in Iraq can only be established by the participation of four lists, which headed the poll," he added.

"It is normal to face difficulties in multi-sect and ethnic countries such as Iraq, " Al-Hakim said over the allegations of foreign invasion blocking the process.

"However, we should not demote the main reason of not being able to form the government to foreign intervention," he added.

In the wake of March parliamentary elections, four alliances came forward, but none of them succeeded in having 163 chairs to establish a new government in Iraq. Allawi's Iraqia bloc won 91 seats, while Maliki's bloc won 89 seats in Iraq's 325-seat parliament. Iraqi National Alliance (INA), a coalition led by Shiite groups took the third place with 70 seats.

Negotiations between Iraqi blocs over establishing a new government have yet to be successful since the March elections.

Source: Xinhua


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