Davutoglu says eliminating PKK strategic priority for Turkey

Turkish FM Davutoglu said Tuesday Turkey has the determination and tools to eradicate PKK.

Davutoglu says eliminating PKK strategic priority for Turkey


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday Turkey has the determination and tools to eradicate PKK, which he said was a strategic priority for Turkey.

In an interview with private broadcaster NTV, Davutoglu said Turkey desired borders with Iraq and Syria that could bring peace and security.

But he said existence of PKK violence was the major hurdle to achieve that goal, however he stated that stance of the Iraqi government and the regional administration in the north of Iraq against the illegal organization was much more stronger when compared to past.

Asked about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on government's democratic move that it should be made clear until the beginning of next year, Davutoglu said January 2010 was important in terms of international conjuncture as Iraq would hold general elections.

"When we consider post-election period or recent developments, it is very important to complete this process at this level moving toward Iraqi elections. Because lots of things, such as a new government, will appear after the elections. In order to show a strong will, new year has an importance considering international conjuncture. But they already have such a will and we will closely monitor it," he said.

Iraq-Syria dispute

Asked about his recent visits to Iraq and Syria, Davutoglu said Turkey, Iraq and Syria were just like three frame houses next to each other in a neighborhood.

"When a fire burns in any of these, their fate is common. We can even include Iran and Jordan and extend the neighborhood. Neighbors must solve their problems between each other. It would not be appropriate to carry problems to international platforms and escalate tension," Davutoglu said.

He said Turkey has a lot to do as both countries have confidence in Turkey, adding that he would continue to work on the issue.

Davutoglu shuttled between Iraq and Syria on Monday trying to reduce tension which sparked after deadly suicide attacks on government ministries in Baghdad less than two weeks ago. Iraq accuses Syria of being used as a launching pad for violence in Iraq, but Syria rejects Iraqi allegations.

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