Officials in Iraq have spoken out against the proposal. Members of the Kurdish ruling parties in northern Iraq, of which Iraqi interim Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari is a member, said that any Turkish presence in the country would complicate the security situation. Zebari, speaking during a visit to London, said that the interim governing council had underlined its rejection of the Turkey’s offer, stressing that any final security decisions rested with the council. ‘The bottom line of the governing council is that it does not like to see any of Iraq’s immediate neighbours taking part in the peacekeeping mission,’ he said, citing historic sensitivities as the main reason.