Turkey and Iran discuss PKK, security issues

Senior Turkish and Iranian security officials met in Ankara Tuesday to discuss the PKK and PJAK presence in northern Iraq.

Turkey and Iran discuss PKK, security issues
Senior Turkish and Iranian security officials met in Ankara Tuesday to discuss the PKK and PJAK presence in northern Iraq, The New Anatolian said.

The two sides also discussed activities of PJAK, a group in norhern Iraq which is affiliated to the PKK and launches atttacks inside Iran.

The meetings that will last for two days is being held at the Turkish Interior Ministry.

The Turkish delegation is headed by Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior, Osman Gunes, while the Iranian delegation is headed by Abbas Mohtaj, Deputy Interior Minister in charge of security.

Mohtaj, says armed militia groups PJAK and PKK are merely two sides of the same coin.

"PKK and PJAK are both parts of a unified terrorist organization which conducts operations in Turkey and Iran under different names," Mohtaj told reporters in Tehran.

Iran and Turkey consider PJAK a terrorist organization and attach special importance to curbing militia activity, Mohtaj added.

The two countries established the High Security Commission in 1988 to coordinate efforts against, and the exchange of information about terrorism, and in particular, activities related to the PKK.

The US State Department considers the PKK as a terrorist organization but has long been accused of supplying PJAK with arms to provoke ethnic unrest in Iran.

In his November 2006 article published in the New Yorker, journalist Seymour Hersh revealed that the US military and Israel are assisting PJAK by providing the group with equipment, training, and vital intelligence to create problems inside Iran.

Also on the agenda of the meeting fight against illicit drugs trafficking, issues related to the citizens of both countries and border related matters.

Previously the senior security officials of the two countries met in Tehran in February 2006.

Meanwhile, Iran announced it has killed a senior commander of the PJAK.

Iran says its forces have killed a senior commander PJAK in the northwestern province of Iranian Kurdistan on April 9, near the border with northern Iraq.

"The senior commander who has entered Iran to conduct terrorist activities was killed on the 8th of April, near the village of Nejmar 10 kilometers from the Iraqi border," an informed source told Mehr News Agency.
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