In an attempt to rebuild its relations with Turkey, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is reportedly planning to declare security zones in regions that are close to the Turkish border to stop PKK terrorists from entering Turkey, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported.
The KRG's relations with neighboring countries shattered after the independence referendum was held despite warnings from the region's states, particularly Ankara and Baghdad.
Since its economy majorly depends on money coming from outside, the KRG greatly suffered and has been unable to recover its relations with Ankara or Baghdad.
Facing Turkey's uncompromising and harsh measures, the KRG is looking to rebuild its relations with the country.
Establishing security zones is Erbil's latest attempt to recover relations. In hopes of recovering ties, the KRG is aiming to prevent PKK terrorists from organizing and/or carrying out attacks from northern Iraq, as well as curbing the group's infiltration into Turkey.
In this respect, the security zones will be closed to civilian crossings and the ones who try to cross the border will be treated as terrorists, according to local sources with information on the KRG's plans.
Last November, an armed fight took place between PKK terrorists, who were trying to cross the border from northern Iraq, and security forces, in which eight Turkish soldiers were killed.
The KRG left areas that were under its control without any fight, most notably Kirkuk, and it also lost its oil revenues in half shares. The economic difficulties that were in place since 2014 have come to a point that cannot be dealt with anymore.
In the last three months following the referendum, the Kurdish government was not even able to pay the salaries of its officers, which has caused protests in many cities of the region, particularly in Sulaymaniyah.
Oil revenues are of crucial importance for the KRG's economy, which is suffering from a high rate of unemployment.
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