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1/7/03

Talebani: No compromise with Turkey for entering Iraq's soil

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA -- Leader of Iraq's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talebani said here on Monday night that the Iraqi Kurds have not compromised with Turkey over entrance of that country's army to norther parts of Iraq.

Turkey's 'Melliyat' daily in its Sunday edition had claimed that a group of Turkish military forces had already taken position in Iraqi Kurdistan's Chuwarkorna region based on a proposition made by the PUK leader Jalal Talebani, exerting their control over the sensitive and strategic regions of Karkouk and Sulaymaniyyeh.

The PUK leader who was speaking to IRNA upon his arrival in Tehran, while expressing delight over having another chance to visit Iran in this sensitive time interval, said that the objective behind the PUK delegation's visit is strengthening the relations between Iraqi Kurds and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He added, "our trips to Iran have always been very fruitful for Iraq's Kurdish population, who have always considered their Iranian brethren as friends and allies."

The PUK top official who is in Iran for the second time during the past two months, expressed hope that the excellent relations between Iraqi Kurds and Iran would keep improving regardless of the future developments in Iraq.

Referring to the sensitive upcoming conference of Iraqi dissidents' representatives in Iraqi Kurdistan Province's Arbil city on January 15, in which the executive committee of an interim government is to be elected, Talebani said, "other activities of the said conference would be the appointment of the executive, diplomatic, conomic and other sub-committees, whose work would be essential in establishment of new political system in post-Saddam transitional era in Iraq."

Ruling out the possibility of convening the sensitive conference on the future of Iraq in Turkey's soil, he said, "there was such a proposal made by Turkish officials, but the Iraqi dissidents naturally prefer to attend the soil of free Iraq as soon as possible, and to establish their interim government right there."

Turning to Saddam Hussain's Monday morning comments where he accused the United Nations Monitoring, Observation, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) of "obvious espionage" charges, Talebani said, "If they are spies, why did Saddam accept their presence in Iraq, and why did he allow them even to inspect his own bedrooms?!"

He said, "the UN inspectors have according to reliable sources even inspected the purses of Iraqi women in streets, which is quite humiliating for an ancient nation."

On his way to Tehran, The PUK leader had an unplanned and accidental meeting with the Speaker of the Supreme Council of Iraq's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Syed Mohammad-Baqer Hakim.

The two Iraqi leaders exchanged viewpoints for a few minutes on latest developments in Iraq crisis.

Leader of Iraq's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talebani arrived Tehran atop a delegation comprising members of the political bureau of the PUK on Monday night.

During the visit, that would end on Friday, Talebani is scheduled to meet Iranian authorities and exchange viewpoints on regional developments, Iraq crisis, and the future of that country.

The PUK leader will meet and confer with the Islamic Consultative ssembly, Majlis, Speaker Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi at the Parliament Palace on Tuesday.

This is Talebani's first foreign visit after the Iraqi dissidents' London Conference. The PUK leader had last visited Iran on November 1, 2002.

The London Conference was held on November 14-17, attended by over 320 representatives from fifty dissident Iraqi parties and political movements and the draft of a post-Saddam government was sketched there.

The PUK seeks full autonomy of Iraqi Kurdistan, while maintaining cooperation and coexistence with a central Iraqi federative government, and all foreign countries and nations.

Talebani who is the founder of the PUK was born in Kalkan village, near Doukan Lake, of Iraq's Kurdistan Province in 1923.

He has been fighting for restoration of democracy in Iraq's Kurdistan during the past half a century.

Talebani is a member of the 56-man committee appointed by the London Conference to choose from among themselves a transitional ruling group in Iraq.

The said committee is scheduled to meet in Kurdistan Province's Arbil city on January 15 to appoint the leadership council of Iraq during the transitional period.

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