Turkey and Iraq Near Agreement On Hot Pursuit

The last thing Iraq needs is another conflict, and there is a possibility of one arising unless Iraq can finalize an agreement with Turkey over the issue of allow Turkey to pursue members of the Kurdistan Workers party who are raiding into Turkey. Iraq wants to delineate conditions under which Turkey can pursue fleeing Kurds into Kurdistan, but Turkey claims the UN already allows a nation to invade another if it is engaged in an act of self defense. Meanwhile, the parliament of Kurdistan is furious over the Maliki government entering into such arrangements concerning a Kurdish issue.

Each passing day raise the issue of whether or not three nations should be carved out of the existing Iraq nation. The Kurds regard themselves as Kurds, not Iraqis and regard fellow Kurds living in Turkey to be their compatriots. There simply is no winner in this complex situation.