Turkey's Atalay says Iraq talks 'crucial' to prevent PKK

Atalay said Thursday Turkey's talks with Iraq were crucial to prevent terrorism, refering to PKK issue.

Turkey's Atalay says Iraq talks 'crucial' to prevent PKK

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said Thursday Turkey's talks with Iraq were crucial to prevent terrorism, refering to PKK issue.

Speaking to reporters before leaving Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh for Baghdad, Atalay said that Turkey nowadays was busy with its neighbors in issues such as security and counter terrorism.

We are working so that Turkey establishes the best possible relations with its neighbors. Our goal is to have zero problems and maximum cooperation with our neighbors, Atalay stressed.

Touching on the Sharm El-Sheikh meeting of the interior ministers of countries neighboring Iraq, Atalay said that the meeting focused on security problems in the region. "The issue of terror was the foremost issue discussed".

As far as terrorist attacks stemming from north of Iraq are concerned, cooperation with Iraq, Iran and Syria carries high importance for Turkey, Atalay also said.

Earlier, Atalay said said Turkey would start regional diplomacy within the opening to stop PKK violence and cut the support of local Kurds, developing the walfare of Kurds in these countries.

Atalay underlined that the matter has security, intelligence, diplomatic and economic dimensions.


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Last Mod: 15 Ekim 2009, 14:10
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