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Turkey seeks to win over Iraq Kurds: Analyst

Turkey is seeking peace with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in an attempt to curry favor with the Kurds fighting for oil fields in Iraq, an analyst tells Press TV.

In an interview with Press TV, Gordo Duff said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing a “double game” as the “Kurds are currently in a dispute with the government in Baghdad over control of the city of Kirkuk and the massive oil fields around it.”

The Erdogan administration submitted a six-article package of reforms as a bill to parliament on June 26 to facilitate the process of peace talks between Ankara and the Kurds.

Duff said it would be in the interest of the Turkish government to “peel Kurdistan away from Iraq.”

The analyst, however, said the Kurds are more faithful to the Kurdistan Regional Government than to the PKK.

“The PKK shares nothing as a political entity with the current government of Kurdistan,” he said.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

Iraq’s Kurdistan region continues pumping crude oil to neighboring Turkey despite Baghdad’s recent legal action against Ankara.

Baghdad has already taken legal action against Turkey for transferring oil from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to international markets.

Ties have soured between Turkey and Iraq over the energy relations between Ankara and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Baghdad says oil sales should be overseen by the central Iraqi government and considers any independent oil exports as tantamount to smuggling.

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