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January 4, 2005, 6:57 am GMT+2


ANKARA – Turkish Daily News

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage paid a surprise visit to northern Iraq and met with Kurdish leaders to discuss the situation in the strategic city of Kirkuk and urging participation in the upcoming elections in Iraq.

“There has been unlawful practices in Kirkuk against Kurds,” he was quoted as saying after two-hours of talks with Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani. “Serious steps should be taken to remove these practices … it is important that the new government tackle this issue.”

Armitage was in Syria yesterday, before heading to Turkey later in the day, and is scheduled to meet Turkish leaders here today. He is expected to cover the issues of the continuing presence of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and the safety of Turkish drivers carrying goods and supplies to Iraq, in addition to the situation in Iraq in the run-up to elections.


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