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Turkey

Erdogan: we will build walls with Iraq and Iran

By Rudaw 2/6/2017
Turkish President and Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the the party's group meeting at the Turkey's parliament in Ankara on May 30, 2017. Photo: AFP / Adem Altan
Turkish President and Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the the party's group meeting at the Turkey's parliament in Ankara on May 30, 2017. Photo: AFP / Adem Altan
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country plans to build a wall with Iraq, its southern neighbor, after the country revealed similar plans on the border with Iran earlier in the month, adding that it is to prevent the movements of what he called terrorists.
 
Turkey has already started constructing a wall with Syria since 2014 with President Erdogan saying on Thursday that they have already completed 650-kilometer long wall on the country’s 911-kilometer border with Syria.
 
Erdogan has also said that they have plans to  erect a wall along its entire Syrian border.
 
“We’ll do the same along the Iraqi border and in appropriate places along the Iranian border,” Erdogan said. 
 
The Syrian Kurdish administration, mainly under the control of the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD), runs most of the border with Turkey from the other side. 
 
Turkey considers the PYD, and its armed wing People’s Protection Units (YPG), an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and therefore a terrorist organization.
 
The PKK is headquartered in the Qandil mountains located on the border between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey. It has been engaged in a three-decades long insurgency against the Turkish state calling for greater national and cultural rights for country’s Kurdish population. 
 
Turkish media earlier in the month reported about Ankara’s plans to construct a 70-kilometer long border wall between Iran and Turkey to “counter terrorist” activities and limiting PKK movements across the 500-kilometer long borders. 
 
Iran welcomed the Turkish move which it said would curtail illegal border trade worth an estimated $2 billion.

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Mohamedzzz | 2/6/2017
Turkey can build all the walls he wants, nothing can deter the will of the Kurds for an independent free Kurdistan.
Hamid Sayadi | 2/6/2017
Look at that Baby Erdoghan is crying! Fachest Turks go to hell,,!
Ali Baba | 2/6/2017
Don't think Iraq or Iran will miss you, and both countries are extremely stupid to do trade with you, if they both stopped doing business with you they could crash your economy in a matter of weeks, that goes for the EU and Russia as well. but you have Goldie locks luck, I don't know why everyone keeps appeasing sych a cynical vile regime as yours.
Janki1 | 2/6/2017
You build Walls, we build bridges, you build jails , we build gardens You build hate we build love . We win you lose , this is how the kurds survive.
Timur | 4/6/2017
I'm not an Erodgan fan at all and I'm against the mistreatment of Kurds espically in Turkey BUT I can tell you this, there will never be a free Kurdistan unless you are in good terms with all your neighbours i.e. Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. The problem with this is for an independent Kurdistan to exist you will need a small piece out of each of these countries which none will be happy about. So you might end up having a free Kurdistan yes but you will be landlocked and surrounded by hostile neighbours meaning you will have zero trade by land, sea and air, in conclusion a failed economy leading to a failed state. I'm sorry but to say this my friends but chances of a free Kurdistan are almost impossible. I do feel for your people as you have been mislead and let down numerous times by various superpowers. I do hope that one day you will be treated fairly and equally and embrace your nationality as Turkish Kurds. Until then I wish you the best of luck. If anyone has a different view please do share. I'm not here to insult or argue but to debate and learn. I am a proud Turk but I believe in equality and fair treatment of minorities as I am also half Palestinian.

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