Thursday, September 21, 2006
The Turkish foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, told a American Turkish society in New York that in the event of civil war in Iraq, Turkey would protect Iraqi Kurds. "The core of the problem is that if Iraq was divided, there would definitely be a civil war and neighboring countries definitely would be involved in this," Gul said. He warned that Iraqi instability could break the country into autonomous Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish regions. He said Turkey supports a gradual withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Iraq, underscoring the importance of Iraqi security forces attaining national and border security.