'70 percent of PKK militants take shelter in N Iraq'

Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said Tuesday that 70 percent of PKK terrorists and their leaders are thought to be sheltered in camps located in the north of Iraq.

'70 percent of PKK militants take shelter in N Iraq'
"Heads of terrorist organization, on whom international warrants of arrest have been issued, are carrying out activities in the north of Iraq without any restrictions or controls," Gonul told the Interparliamentary European Security & Defense Assembly that discussed a report on terrorist activities on the border between Turkey and Iraq.

He reminded that terrorist organization PKK is financed thanks to illegal drug and arms trafficking as well as racketeering in European countries.

Gonul recalled that Turkish security forces confiscated huge amounts of ammunition that once belonged to Iraqi army but then seized by terrorist organization PKK.

Turkey conveyed its concerns to Iraqi authorities and asked Baghdad to shut down these camps used by PKK, Gonul told the meeting.

Gonul also said Turkey has sent all necessary intelligence information to Iraqi administration to take measures against PKK, however, he said terrorist activities have speeded up recently.

He reaffirmed that Turkish government and people are resolute to fight terrorism, pledging that all necessary precautions will be taken against terrorist activities in respect to human rights and law.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2007, 13:39