Turkey might see captive Britons

Turkish diplomats may be allowed to meet with the 15 British sailors and marines who were seized by Iran, a Turkish television station quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying Wednesday.

Turkey might see captive Britons

Turkish diplomats may be allowed to meet with the 15 Britishsailors and marines who were seized by Iran,a Turkish television station quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan assaying Wednesday.

Erdogan met with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki before an Arableaders summit meeting in Saudi Arabia,and later told reporters that Tehranmay allow Turkish diplomats to meet with the British service members, CNN-Turktelevision reported.

"It may be possible for Turkish diplomats to see the 15 British"service members, Erdogan was quoted as saying.

He did not give a timeframe, however, the report said.

Abdullah Gul, the foreign minister of Turkey,which has close relations with both Britainand neighboring Iran, toldreporters Tuesday that Ankara was in touch with Tehran over the capturedBritons.

He made the statement during a joint news conference with British ForeignSecretary Margaret Beckett, who was in Turkey on an official visit. She cutshort the visit on Tuesday to return to Londonto make a statement to Parliament.

In Ankara, Beckett called for the speedyrelease of the British troops and said Londonwas seeking consular access to them.

Iran's Foreign Ministryhas insisted the Britons were operating in Iranian waters, while Britain insiststhey were in Iraqi waters when they finished a routine search of a civilianvessel.

Iransaid the 15 British sailors and Marines were being treated well, but refused tosay where they were being held or rule out the possibility that they could bebrought to trial for allegedly entering Iranian waters.

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