Turkey says may continue PKK operations in Iraq after new year

President Gul gave a message to al-Hashimi that Turkey would stage cross-border operations against PKK in Iraq if necessary after the new year.

Turkey says may continue PKK operations in Iraq after new year
Turkish President Abdullah Gul gave a message to Iraqi Vice-President that Turkey would stage cross-border operations against PKK in Iraq if necessary after the new year, Turkish media reported on Sunday. 

The control of Iraqi airspace will pass to central government after the new year.

Vice-President of Iraq, Tariq al-Hashimi, proceeded to Istanbul on Saturday after meeting with Gul and holding talks in Turkish capital of Ankara.

Speaking to reporters at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, Hashimi said that "all Iraqis wanted terrorist attacks against Turkey to end."

"We discussed with President Gul issues such as security, economy, and bilateral political relations. We are conducting beneficial meetings. We must take urgent measures for our economies. Economic works will contribute to the interests of both Turkey and Iraq", Hashimi said, AA reported. 

Asked by a journalist about concrete steps to be jointly taken by Turkey and Iraq against the PKK in north of Iraq, Hashimi stressed that "so far, all meetings on the issue were fruitful and very positive".

"Everyone in Iraq, including Turkmens, Arabs and Kurds, are concerned with these cross-border terrorist attacks against Turkey. All Iraqis want terrorist attacks on Turkey to end," Hashimi also said.

Vice-President Hashimi will meet with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday.


Agencies
Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2008, 11:12
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