Turkiye Decides How to Deal With PKK
(Ebru News/AP) Turkiye's president said today his country has decided on how to proceed against terrorists in northern Iraq and has informed the United States. The US and Iraq have been pressing Turkiye to avoid a major cross-border operation targeting PKK bases in northern Iraq, out of fear such an incursion would bring instability to what has been one of the calmest areas in Iraq.
President Abdullah Gul did not specify what decision had been made regarding an incursion, but made clear that Turkiye feels that the PKK is leading to instability in the region and said the terrorists in northern Iraq are a threat.
Gul's comments come just one day after US President George W. Bush met in Washington with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and promised him that the United States would share military intelligence in the hunt for PKK terrorists.
Gul said part of Erdogan's goal in his trip was to share with the United States the decision that the country has made on how to deal with the terrorists.
Gul said "Turkiye had already decided what to do and made its preparations before the Prime Minister left" .
A statement released by Erdogan's office on Tuesday said Turkiye and the United States agreed to strengthen communication channels between officials and to urgently share intelligence.
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