Two very interesting news items regarding Turkish troop movement to Iraq and Russia's raising of the issue with the UN:
Iraq’s permanent representative to UN Ambassador Mohammad Al-Hakim said Baghdad and Ankara are solving the issue of Turkish troops’ presence in North Iraq in a bilateral manner. Emerging from the Security Council meeting that was held behind closed doors Al-Hakim confirmed to the press that Russia had raised the issue without consulting Baghdad and that his country (Iraq) has not yet brought it up officially at the United Nations.I'm going to reiterate the facts; disinfo free one could say.
* Baghdad and Ankara are solving the issue of Turkish troops’ presence in North Iraq in a bilateral manner.
* Al-Hakim confirmed to the press that Russia had raised the issue without consulting Baghdad and that his country (Iraq) has not yet brought it up officially at the United Nations.
Al Hakim:* “When we need, we have letters available to the Security Council but they have not been issued by Baghdad yet”
“When we need, we have letters available to the Security Council but they have not been issued by Baghdad yet”
Earlier the UN Secretary General spokesman Farhan Haq had said the US has done it’s utmost to establish the facts to the extent possible, notwithstanding the limited UN presence in the area and the difficult security environment
“At this stage we understand that Turkish and Iraqi officials at the highest levels are currently in close contact with each other in an effort to defuse tensions and, of course, the United Nations encourages both sides to resolve this issue bilaterally through constructive dialogue” he added
-Russia had raised the issue without consulting Baghdad according the Iraq's UN representative. Why? And in what context was the issue raised? I don't know.
-Baghdad did not raise the issue with the UN. Why?
-Baghdad and Turkey are in close contact with one another to defuse tensions. As it should be.
Recall the other day my mentioning claims of annexing Mosul as rubbish? And offering up alternative possibilities? PKK Occupy 3 Assyrian Iraqi Villages- Turks to Mosul and more
Simply reading the NATO MSM & alternative media, I would not have been aware of these statements of fact from Baghdad's representative- I had to go and search for actual statements of fact from persons close to the situation. Which is my preferred method anyway...
Baghdad plays down Turkey's troops deployment in Iraq
Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, December 8 appeared to play down a dispute between Baghdad and Ankara over the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying bilateral talks between the neighboring states to end the row were proceeding favorably, Reuters reports.
"We are solving it between Baghdad and Ankara bilaterally," Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told reporters after Russia raised the issue of Turkey's deployment during a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council. "We have not yet escalated it to the Security Council or to the United Nations."
"For us, what is helpful is the bilateral discussion going on right now between Baghdad and Ankara, and it's going extremely well," he said, adding that Moscow had not consulted with Baghdad before raising the issue in the council.
But Alhakim reiterated that Iraq wanted the Turkish troops withdrawn from its territory immediately, saying the deployment was "illegal," and a violation of the United Nations charter.
Turkey has said the deployment was previously agreed with Iraq, a position U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters was also her understanding. Ankara says its troops are training Iraqi soldiers to fight Islamic State militants, who have seized territory in Iraq and Syria.