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September 25, 2006
Chad Campbell, NPR
IRAQI PRESIDENT JALAL TALABANI SAYS THAT HIS COUNTRY WILL "MAKE TROUBLE" FOR IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS IF THEY DO NOT STOP "INTERFERING" IN IRAQ IN AN INTERVIEW ON NPR'S MORNING EDITION
PROFILE AIRS TOMORROW MORNING, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
TRANSCRIBED EXCERPTS BELOW; AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.NPR.ORG AFTER 10:00AM ET
Washington, D.C.; September 25, 2006 – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, in an interview with Steve Inskeep to air on NPR’s Morning Edition tomorrow morning, discusses the possibility of Iraq “making trouble” for its neighbors if they do not stop interfering in his country. He applied his warning to Iran, Turkey and Syria. President Talabani said, "We are asking them to stop interfering in our internal affairs…The Iraqi people will respond in the same way, will support the opposition of other countries, will try to make trouble for them, as they are doing for us."
Transcribed excerpts of the interview are below. All excerpts must be credited to NPR's Morning Edition. The profile including an interview with President Talabani airs tomorrow morning, Tuesday, September 26. Local stations’ air time of the program is available at www.npr.org/stations. Audio of the interview will be available at www.NPR.org after 10:00am (ET).
· When asked what people he meant by ‘our people’s patience is nearing its end’ during his recent United Nations speech, President Talabani said, “The Iraqi people. I mean because of our neighbors, some of our neighbors are interfering, we asking them to stop interfering, otherwise we will have something to do.”
· On what specific countries are interfering, President Talabani said, “With Syria, Iran, Turkey everyone in the Middle East. Believe me there is no one exempt except Kuwait, and, and there have all everyone, everyone is interfering, some of them in a positive way, some of in a negative way. And we are asking them to stop interfering in our internal affairs, and respect the sovereignty and independence of Iraq otherwise we will be obliged to say something.”
· When asked what will happen when people’s patience with the violence in Iraq runs out, President Talabani said, “The Iraqi people will respond in the same way, we’ll support the opposition of other countries, will try to make trouble for them as they are doing for us…Iraq can help opposing forces of our neighboring countries.”
· On whether Iraq would assist opposition forces specifically in Iran or elsewhere, President Talabani said, “Everywhere, we can do it in Iran, in Syria, in Turkey, but we are not doing it. Our policy is not to interfere in the internal affairs of these country and ask them and beg them not to interfere in our internal affairs because it creates chaos in the Middle East. If you interfere, they interfere then there will be chaos. We don’t want chaos. And we want to see good relation, very good kind of brotherhood with our neighbors with Iran, with Turkey with Syria with other Arab countries we are anxious to found best way to encourage trade economic grow – relations, culture, political, not to go to this way of arguing against them – we do against them.”