Iran wants joint action with Iraq,Turkey against PKK

Iran, Iraq and Turkey should work together to defeat PKK militants while respecting each other's territorial integrity and ensuring civilians are not harmed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday.

Iran wants joint action with Iraq,Turkey against PKK
Turkey launched an eight-day cross-border offensive into northern Iraq last month after it said the Iraqi authorities had failed to stop some 3,000 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from staging attacks on Turkish territory.

Iranian forces reinforced Iran's border security in the wake of the Turkish offensive apparently fearing the militants might seek safety in Iran.

Speaking at a summit of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Senegal's capital Dakar, Ahmadinejad said the three countries needed to work together if the PKK militants were to be defeated.

"Iraq, Turkey and Iran should join forces to drive out the terrorists on the condition that territorial integrity should not be compromised and secondly that innocent people should not be harmed," he said, speaking in Farsi.

Agencies
Last Mod: 14 Mart 2008, 15:57
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