Iraqi FM offers 'trilateral committee'

"The platform to discuss Turkey's security concerns, including PKK problem, is a trilateral committee comprised of the USA, Turkey and Iraq," defended Hoshyar Mahmoud Zebari, Foreign Minister of Iraq.

Iraqi FM offers 'trilateral committee'
"The platform to discuss Turkey's security concerns, including PKK problem, is a trilateral committee comprised of the USA, Turkey and Iraq," defended Hoshyar Mahmoud Zebari, Foreign Minister of Iraq, on Wednesday.

After attending a meeting at the U.N. Security Council on extending the period of the multi-national force in Iraq, Zebari answered questions of Turkish journalists.

"Our stand in the wake of a tension between Turkey and Iraq due to PKK is clear. We are against all military actions that would target Iraqi territory," told Zebari.

Asked if he sees PKK as a terrorist organization, Zebari noted that he "expressed his views on PKK at many occasions."

Zebari did not give a definite answer on the PKK.

In response to a question on why the Iraqi government does not or can not prevent PKK attacks staged on Turkey, Zebari indicated that "the Iraqi government has a constitutional obligation to eradicate any foreign groups or organization operating on Iraqi soil.

"The PKK problem arises from north of Iraq where there is a regional government that is a part of the Iraqi government. We must establish dialogue between the Turkish government, Iraqi government, regional authorities and the USA in order to resolve the PKK issue."

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