Turkey hints major offensive against PKK in N. Iraq

Turkish Interior Minister has signed a major military operation into Northern Iraq to eradicate camps of outlawed PKK.

Turkey hints major offensive against PKK in N. Iraq

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Interior Minister has signed a major military operation into Northern Iraq to eradicate camps of outlawed PKK that has stepped up its attacks in Turkish military outposts, killing scores of soldiers.

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that camps of the PKK in north of Iraq are unacceptable, according to anadolu Agency.

"They must be destroyed. Turkey is determined to this end," he said. 

His remarkes came after the televised interview of Chief of the General Staff who said that Turkey were in the point where word ends.

After meeting with chief editors of several newspapers and news agencies in Istanbul, Atalay said at a news conference, "any country cannot allow camps of a terrorist organization targeting a neighboring country. Constitution of any country cannot allow it. It also contradicts with any international ethic rules or policies. This is what we underlined at the tripartite mechanism meetings with the United States and Iraq."

"We have already made some demands from the United States and Iraq. Now, we expect them to take action," he said.

Democratic solution

"Our security forces will continue launching military operations as long as terrorism exists. We wants a solution under democratic and reasonable processes," he added.

The government was continuing democratization process, Atalay said.

"Democratization will continue. We don't consider a state of emergency. The government is resolute on the matter. We expect the media to show sensitivity on news reports regarding terrorist acts," he said.

Atalay said they also continued international efforts to fight against PKK and the government has been conducting an active foreign policy on the matter with Iraq, Iran, Syria, the United States and the north of Iraq.

"Lucky organization"

While on a television program on Monday evening, the military chief, Ilker Basbug, said: "There are questions as to why the PKK has existed to this day. So, let's reconsider what's happened since 1984. The PKK is a lucky organization."

"Whenever it nears the brink of dissolution, incidents start occurring in its favor. This is an important point,” he said, and complained that the administration in northern Iraq fails to take necessary action against PKK terrorists in its region.," he also said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described PKK as a lucky organisation. 

Most of the PKK's estimated 4,000 fighters are based in the mountains of neighbouring northern Iraq, from where they launch attacks on military targets in southeast Turkey. Washington provides intelligence on PKK movements to Ankara.

Turkey, the United States and European Union list the PKK as a terrorist group.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 1984 when PKK occured.
 

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