UN tells Iraq to solve 'troop withdrawal issue' with Turkey

United Nations recommends Iraq to resolve issue of Turkish troops withdrawal from Iraq with Turkey after Iraqi government asked UN Security Council to intervene

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

UN Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.

United Nations Security Council gathered late on Friday over Iraqi government application related to Turkish military deployment in Mosul and called on Iraq to solve the problem within its bilateral relation with Turkey.

The council took advisory jurisdiction and added both countries should maintain the bilateral negotiations.

On this issue, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it would "continue" withdrawing the Turkish troops from Bashiqa in Mosul province in Iraq.

"Taking into account the sensitivities on the Iraqi side... Turkey will continue the process it has already begun to withdraw its troops stationed in Mosul province," the ministry said in a statement.

In relation to that, Turkey relocated some of its troops last week from Bashiqa training camp to another region of northern Iraq as part of a new arrangement.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that Ankara supports Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and accepts the “miscommunication” with Iraqi government over the deployment of Turkish forces.

The statement did not mention how many soldiers would be transferred or where they would go to.

“Turkey will continue to coordinate with the government of Iraq its military contributions to the fight against DAESH,” ministry added.

The Turkish military deployed approximately 150 soldiers and dispatched 20 tanks to the camp to replace the troops that had been in the region for two and a half years, where they had been training Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army units against DAESH since last year.

The mission was initiated with the knowledge of the US-led coalition and is part of a routine military exercise against the DAESH terrorist organisation, according to Turkish security sources.

Following the Dec. 4 deployment of the troops to the site near Mosul, Baghdad called the move a "violation of Iraqi sovereignty" and insisted the Turkish forces be withdrawn.

Turkey said that its troops were stationed in Bashiqa to protect Turkish servicemen who provide training to Iraqi volunteers against DAESH.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said the soldiers in Iraq were there for training purposes at the request of the Iraqi government.

TRTWorld and agencies