US Iraq coordinator: 'Social solution needed for PKK issue'

David Satterfield, U.S. State Department's coordinator for Iraq, said U.S. and Turkish governments were in consensus of opinion that wide-ranging approach was needed for the resolution of PKK issue as a whole.

US Iraq coordinator: 'Social solution needed for PKK issue'
David Satterfield, U.S. State Department's coordinator for Iraq, said on Tuesday that Turkish commanders and government decided on the organization and timing of the cross-border operation of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

In an exclusive interview in Star TV, Satterfield said the United States supported Turkey's right to defend itself against PKK issue.

Satterfield said the United States considered its cooperation with the Turkish government and the TSK as very important for the progress of this fight influentially.

The U.S. coordinator said the United States told Turkey to take into consideration the impact of their steps on the stability and security of Iraq.

Asked to comment on the multi-dimensional measures, apart from the military ones, that should be taken against terrorism, Satterfield said U.S. and Turkish governments were in consensus of opinion that wide-ranging approach was needed for the resolution of PKK terrorism as a whole.

Satterfield said comprehensive solution absolutely included military steps as well as social, economic and political steps.

"Common target is to eliminate the threat as a whole. This threat is ongoing PKK terrorism against Turkey, Iraq government, and regional administration in north of Iraq." Satterfield said.

Satterfield said both the Turkish government and General Staff said comprehensive solution was necessary, and the United States was eager to see the steps to be made on social and economic areas.

Satterfield underlined that both the Turkish and the United States administration had common interests in dealing with PKK, common targets for the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq.

Asked to comment on the point of view of Iraqi administration on Turkey's cross-border operation, Satterfield regarded Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's recent visit to Turkey as a very positive step. He said the United States expected this visit to ensure a new cooperation and coordination between the Iraqi and Turkish governments.

When asked about, what the U.S. stance on a new cross-border operation would be, Satterfield said U.S. felt concern over both the PKK threat to Turkey and stability and security of Iraq. He said the United States, to this end, would continue to work in cooperation with the Turkish government, Turkish General Staff, as well as with the Iraqi government and regional administration in north of Iraq.

Responding to another question, Satterfield said the United States clearly told both Massaud Barzani and other Kurdish administrators that it would be in their interests to take prompt measures against PKK.

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