• Short Summary

    DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE KURDISH REBELS AND THE NEW GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ HAVE BEEN INTERRUPTED BECAUSE AN IRAQ GOVERNMENT DELEGATION HAS HAD TO LEAVE FOR A VISIT TO CAIRO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

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    QUESTION:- "WHAT ARE YOU DEMANDING IN YOUR NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE IRAQ GOVERNMENT?



    ANSWER:- "OUR MAIN PURPOSE IS TO BE SURE AN AUTONOMY WITHIN THE IRAQI UNITY OCCURS. THAT IS THE VERY MAIN DEMAND OF THE KURDISH PEOPLE.



    QUESTION:- "AUTONOMY?



    ANSWER:- "AUTONOMY YES, WITHIN THE IRAQI UNITY. (SOUND LOST) THAT WE HAVE SOME OTHER IMMEDIATE DEMANDS SUCH AS THE RELEASE OF ALL PRISONERS WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED DURING KASSEM'S TIME.



    PRESIDENT AREF (THROUGH INTERPRETER): "I HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT THESE PROPOSALS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?



    QUESTION:- "WELL, PARTICULARLY PRESIDENT NASSER'S PROPOSALS FOR UNIFICATION OF THE ARAB NATIONS.



    ANSWER:- "OUR AIM, AS WE HAVE STATED THAT ALREADY IS THE UNITY, BUT THE PROCESS AND THE MEANS WILL TAKE A LONG TIME.



    QUESTION: "YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ARRESTING THOUSANDS OF COMMUNISTS HERE IN IRAQ. WILL YOU CONTINUE TO USE THE RUSSIAN TECHNICIANS WHO ARE WORKING HERE?



    ANSWER:- "WE MAKE USE OF THE EXPERTS IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR NATIONALITY SO LONG AS THIS IS TO THE BENEFIT OF OUR COUNTRY."




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    Background: DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE KURDISH REBELS AND THE NEW GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ HAVE BEEN INTERRUPTED BECAUSE AN IRAQ GOVERNMENT DELEGATION HAS HAD TO LEAVE FOR A VISIT TO CAIRO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

    THE KURDS HAVE BEEN IN REVOLT FOR THE PAST 18 MONTHS IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SEPARATE KURDISH STATE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF IRAQ. IT WAS THEIR SUPPORT WHICH HELPED IN THE OVERTHROW OF THE PREVIOUS PRIME MINISTER, GENERAL KASSEM, EARLIER THIS MONTH.

    THEY HAVE SINCE CALLED A CEASE FIRE WHILE THEY HAVE TALKS WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT. REPORTS FROM BAGHDAD SAY THAT THE TALKS SO FAR HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE IN A SPIRIT OF GOODWILL.

    INCLUDED IN THE GROUP VISITING THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC IS JALAL TALABANI, LEADER OF THE KURDISH MISSION TO BAGHDAD AND ONE OF THE TOP PARTISAN COMMANDERS.

    BEFORE HE LEFT BAGHDAD FOR CAIRO, A REPORTER QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT THE NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON WITH THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT.

    A REPORTER ALSO SPOKE TO PRESIDENT ABDUL AREF, WHO NOW HEADS THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING THE FALL OF GENERAL KASSEM. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT PROPOSALS FOR ARAB UNITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD5DHQIBIDY0S13D3A5GNE4PQM
    Media URN:
    VLVAD5DHQIBIDY0S13D3A5GNE4PQM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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