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Turkey Against Kurdish Autonomy In Iraq

19 June 2004 -- Turkey's prime minister says his country remains opposed to granting autonomy to Kurds in northern Iraq.

Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said today that Turkey's policy remains the same, saying: "There is no change."

He was responding to recent comments by Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, the head of one of the two main Kurdish factions in northern Iraq, that Turkey has dropped its opposition to Iraqi Kurdish autonomy.

Turkey has traditionally resisted efforts by Iraq's Kurds to achieve broad autonomy, fearing that success could encourage similar demands by Turkey's own Kurdish minority.