The Turkic character of KASHGAR city in East Turkistan and of KERKUK city in Turkmeneli (Iraq) must be preserved!
ITF EU representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli spoke to the organiser of the conference, MEP Frieda Brepoels, about the city of KERKUK , the Turkmens’ cultural capital in Iraq , saying that KERKUK, as KASHGAR, deserved to receive the attention of international organisations such as UNESCO, the Society for Threatened Peoples, etc. He informed her that under the arabization policy of the former regime several important Turkmen monuments and traditional Turkish houses in Kerkuk had been destroyed and that since April 2003 when the U.S. military allowed the Kurdish Peshmerga to invade and occupy the city the Kurds too were trying to obliterate the city’s Turkmen character .
MEP Frieda Brepoels who was a practising architect before turning her energies to Belgian politics and before being elected in 2004 to the EU Parliament showed great interest when Dr. Aydinli spoke about the need to preserve the city’s Turkmen character by protecting and/or renovating its numerous ancient monuments, such as the Citadel and the traditional Turkish houses. To better illustrate the urgency of this matter Dr. Aydinli gave her a copy of Dr. Suphi Saatçi’s book “The Urban Fabric and Traditional Houses of Kirkuk ”. Ms. Brepoels thanked him and said she would read it with great interest.