In a written statement Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki asked Tehran to intervene and help solve the problem between Iraq and Turkey.
Maliki also asked the Iranian government to support the Iraq conference, which will convene in Istanbul on Friday, November 2, with the participation of countries neighboring Iraq and the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
A high level official in Iranian Embassy in Ankara said that if the two sides agreed, Iran would assume the role to mediate in solving the current problems between Iraq and Turkey. The Iranian official said that the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had spoken to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and PM Nouri Maliki and added, “Iran is a country with experience in war; we fought against Iraq for eight years. Many soldiers and innocent people die in wars. We are for peaceful resolutions to be found by our neighbors. Iran advocates for resolving all conflicts by peaceful means.”
The Embassy official said that Iran also has problems with PJAK, that is considered a branch of PKK, that has killed Iranian soldiers and that they understood Turkey.
Source: Hurriyet, Turkey, October 31, 2007