Gul, NATO chief meet in Ankara
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said at his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul that NATO considered the PKK a terrorist organization, adding that they would support Turkey in its fight against terrorism
Sources reported on Tuesday that issues such as the fight against terrorism, NATO-EU cooperation in defense as well as recent developments in Iraq and Afghanistan were high on agenda of the meeting.
Gul informed de Hoop Scheffer on recent acts of terror in Turkey, and stressed, "Turkey is determined in its fight against terrorism. We expect our allies to support us."
De Hoop Scheffer said in his part that he condemned the acts in his interviews with press organs and at his talks with officials of the allied countries.
He said that NATO considered the PKK a terrorist organization, and that Turkey took the necessary measures against the terrorist organization.
Referring to NATO-EU cooperation in defense, Gul said that Turkey had supported the cooperation from the very beginning.
"Turkey was treated unfairly by the EU regarding the defense issue. Turkey, as an ally of NATO, defends that existing rules regarding that cooperation should be maintained," he said.
In response, de Hoop Scheffer said that he was aware of Turkey's views and that Turkey's views had their legal basis.
He added that he would explain Turkey's views at his meetings in the allied countries.
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