Turkey, US discuss PKK threat in Iraq

The Turkish interior minister and a U.S. general discussed on Wednesday PKK threat from Iraqi territories to Turkey.

Turkey, US discuss PKK threat in Iraq

The Turkish interior minister and a U.S. general discussed on Wednesday PKK threat from Iraqi territories to Turkey.

Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay had a meeting with Ray Odierno, the commanding general of multinational force responsible for Iraq invasion, on Wednesday morning and exchanged views on PKK threat from Iraqi territories to Turkey.

"We discussed concrete steps taken and to be taken against the terrorist organization PKK as a prior issue," Atalay said in a statement regarding his meeting with Odierno.

Atalay said Turkey was determined to end terror threat stemming from the north of Iraq and affecting Turkey's democratic initiative negatively.

"I have once more expressed our determination to our American friend," Atalay said.

Atalay said he once more told Gen. Odierno that the positive approach of the regional administration in north of Iraq towards cooperation in fight against terrorism contributed to ending PKK terror threat.

In the meeting, Atalay also reiterated Turkey's expectations that the regional administration in north of Iraq should continue its contributions.

"As we have stated in high-level meetings we held within the framework of trilateral mechanism, our aim is to render the terrorist organization ineffective, and end its activities just outside our borders," Atalay said.

Atalay said Odierno and he reaffirmed the current understanding between Turkey and the United States in their meeting, and set the methods to be implemented from now on.

The interior minister defined this common approach as the continuation of the compromise Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama reached in Washington D.C. in December 2009.

"Turkey attaches importance and actively contributing to preserving territorial integrity of its neighbor Iraq, and ensuring the country's peace, stability and welfare," Atalay said.

Atalay said the upcoming Iraqi elections in March would be an important step for Iraq's democracy and stability, and expressed belief that Odierno's talks in Turkey, particularly with the General Staff and Foreign Ministry, would give a new momentum to Turkey's fight against PKK.

Turkey's Interior Minister Atalay also said Turkish-U.S. cooperation would give the "best results" for Turkey, Iraq and the United States in coming days.


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