Iraq has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to demand an instant and unconditional withdrawal of all Turkish troops from its north, calling the military incursion a “flagrant violation” of international law.
“We contact on the Security Council to demand that Turkey withdraw its forces quickly … and not to violate Iraqi sovereignty once more,” Iraqi ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim stated in a letter to US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Energy, president of the Security Council this month.
“This is regarded as a flagrant violation of the principles of the UN Charter, and a violation of Iraqi territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of Iraq,” the letter mentioned, according to an unofficial translation of the Arabic original.
The letter was sent after Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi instructed his foreign ministry to lodge a formal complaint at the United Nations.
One diplomat on the 15-nation Safety Council stated on situation of anonymity that there had been no instant plans to convene a particular meeting over the weekend in response to the Iraqi letter.
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Friday that he would not bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw Turkish troops from a camp close to the Islamic State militants-held city of Mosul.
Mr Alhakim created clear that bilateral diplomacy had failed so far to finish the dispute in between the two neighbours.
“Iraq worked on containment of this situation by diplomatic signifies and bilateral talks, but these efforts did not succeed in convincing Turkey to withdraw its occupying forces from Iraqi territory,” Mr Alhakim wrote in the letter to Ms Power, noting that the Turkish incursion was an “aggressive act”.
“Help with military training and sophisticated technologies and weapons to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist entity should be primarily based upon bilateral and multilateral agreements and in full respect of the national sovereignty and Iraqi constitution, and in coordination with the Iraqi armed forces.”
The dispute more than the deployment has soured relations amongst Ankara and Baghdad, which denies getting agreed to it.
Ankara has said the troops were sent as component of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight IS, which has seized massive components of Syria and Iraq.
The Turkish military is helping to train neighborhood Iraqi volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga who are preparing for a lengthy-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul, a major northern city seized by IS far more than a year ago.
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