Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Turkmen participates in referendum

The Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) calling Turkmen to register to participate in the referendum that will be held on October 15 has not announced its preference yet. ITF leader Sadettin Ergec summarized his perspective on the Iraqi constitution for the Turkmeneli Television Channel: “The constitution provides us some rights such as the Turkmen nation being a main element of Iraq and our language officially being recognized in the regions where we live; however, it also includes some expressions that may divide the Turkmen region and throw our national existence into danger. We have to be very careful. This article means to erase Turkmen existence in Iraq and draw its fate according to the demands of others, It is not based on the national self-determination principle. Nobody will be able to divide the Turkmen region.”