"We certainly don't think that unilateral military action from Turkey or anyplace else into Iraq would solve anything," said Tom Casey, deputy spokesman of the U.S. Department of State.
Asked in a daily press briefing about the recent bombing in an Ankara shopping mall, the violence from the terrorist organization PKK coming through, talks regarding a Turkish invasion of northern Iraq to wipe out the PKK, Casey said "we believe, as does the Iraqi Government, that the PKK represents a real threat and it's a threat that needs to be dealt with. That's why we've had General (Joseph) Ralston assigned as a special envoy to work on issues related to the PKK with the Government of Turkey, as well as with the Government of Iraq.
" But certainly the best way to deal with the threat that's posed by the PKK is through continued cooperation between us and the Turkish Government and the Iraqis.
"And we certainly don't think that unilateral military action from Turkey or anyplace else into Iraq would solve anything."
"Our position is that the Government of Turkey and the Government of Iraq should work together to deal with the challenges posed by the PKK.
"We intend to continue working with them. We believe it's important that we all work together on this question, but that means that everything that's done needs to be done in a cooperative fashion and in the spirit of good neighborly relations between those countries," Casey said.
Casey said neither the Turkish Government nor its security forces have come to any specific conclusions about the recent bombing that killed 6 and injured around 100, noting that there is still an ongoing investigation into that and there has not been a claim of responsibility.
"We condemn this attack and any other acts of violence. There were innocent lives lost in this attack and there were innocent people injured. And our hearts go out to them and their families and we extend our condolences to the Turkish people for that.
"Certainly, there is no cause that would justify any act of terror or act of violence," he added.
Upon another question on political developments in Turkey, Casey said "we fully support Turkey's democratic institutions and leaders. We want the people of Turkey to be able to decide on their president and their other leadership. That's who needs to be in charge of decisions about who rules Turkey."
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