Iraq's Kurdish MPs demand end to treaty with Turkey

The parliament of Iraq's Kurdish Autonomous Region called on its government Tuesday to end a military agreement sealed by Iraq's former regime and Turkey allowing for incursions into each other's territories to seek out PKK militants.

 Iraq's Kurdish MPs demand end to treaty with Turkey
The parliament of Iraq's Kurdish Autonomous Region called on its government Tuesday to end a military agreement sealed by Iraq's former regime and Turkey allowing for incursions into each other's territories to seek out PKK militants.

In an emergency session, lawmakers called on the government of the Kurdish region to end a treaty that Iraq under former President Saddam Hussein and Turkey had signed in emergency circumstances.

The treaty permits Iraqi troops to make incursions into Turkish territories for up to 25 kilometres in pursuit of militants belonging to Iraqi Kurdish groups which were fighting the Saddam regime.

Turkey, in turn, was allowed to send troops into Iraqi territories, also for up to 25 kilometres, to launch attacks on PKK.

The Iraqi government meanwhile said that although it understood the good intentions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it insisted on a speedy withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq.

Iraqi cabinet spokesman Ali al-Dabagh said any PKK activities in Iraq were not acceptable but military action undertaken by Turkey in the past had yielded few results.

Agencies
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 09:30
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