Skip to main content

Turkey says it has the right to act against PKK

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The EU Troika questions Turkey over the recent military buildup on the border facing Iraq, while Foreign Minister Gül says the buildup amounts to routine measures aimed at securing the border, and underlines there is no political decision on a military incursion to root out PKK camps in northern Iraq

ANKARA – Turkish Daily News

Turkey on Monday said it reserved the right to act against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) based in northern Iraq, despite strong warnings by the United States, the European Union and Iraqi Kurdish groups.
“I have told them clearly that we have every right to take any measures against terrorist activities directed at us [from northern Iraq],” Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül told a press conference yesterday after a meeting with European Union officials.

Gül's remarks came amid increasing tension in the country over a possible military incursion into northern Iraq to crack down on the PKK bases there. The foreign minister said he informed EU officials of the ongoing attacks by the PKK against Turkey's security forces

On northern Iraq, Gül said he told EU officials that Turkey attached due importance to Iraq's political unity and territorial integrity and that the country had no hidden agenda but had the right to take measures if terrorist attacks targeted the country.

Diplomatic sources, speaking to the Turkish Daily News, said Gül conveyed Turkey's strong concerns over the increasing attacks by the PKK infiltrating into the country from northern Iraq to the EU side.

Asked about the military buildup on the border near Iraq, Gül told the EU that it amounted to routine measures aimed at securing the border and underlined that the government has not made a political decision to carry out a military operation into northern Iraq, said the same sources.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose country currently holds the EU term presidency said he “did not get an impression that Turkey will carry out a cross-border operation,” into northern Iraq.

Commenting on the possible impacts of a military incursion on Turkish-EU ties, Steinmeier said European Union was closely following recent discussions taking place in Turkey, adding that the EU Troika raised the issue at yesterday's meeting.

“We asked the Turkish side about its position on the issue. Gül told us Turkey had to protect its people in the face of terrorist activities… But clearly, I did not get an impression from what Gül said that a cross-border operation will be carried out,” said Steinmeier.

Turkey has been building up its military forces on the Iraqi border in recent weeks, amid debates over whether to launch a military incursion to root out PKK terrorists, who stage raids in southeastern Turkey after crossing over from their hideouts in northern Iraq's mountains.

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, meanwhile, extended support to Turkey's fight against terrorism. The EU Troika meeting took place at the State Guest House in Ankara, which is very close to the Anafartalar shopping mall that was bombed last month. Officials in Turkey point the finger at the PKK for the deadly terrorist attack. The members of the EU Troika condemned the blast.



Call for more support from the UN

Turkey is preparing to take initiative at the United Nations level for more cooperation in the fight against the PKK in a couple of days, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed yesterday.

News reports said Ankara will deliver a report to the U.N. spelling out its concerns about the PKK and reaffirming its legal right to take action against the terrorist organization. It was not definite yet in what form Turkey would convey its request, ministry sources told the TDN.

Turkey's permanent representative to the U.N. Baki İlkin will meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week, briefing him on recent PKK attacks against Turkey, as well as explosives and weapons proved to be coming into Turkey from northern Iraq, stated news reports yesterday.

İlkin will remind Ban of the relevant U.N. resolutions, Iraq's responsibilities and Turkey's rights stemming from international law. A similar initiative was taken at NATO level last week.

Turkey insists it has the right under international law to send troops into Iraq in self defense if need be. Parliament must approve any such action and the government has said no plans are currently under consideration.

On Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Turkey against using military force against the PKK in Iraq. Iraq's prime minister also urged Ankara over the weekend to tone down its threats of military intervention.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Pakistani firm whose chemicals were used to kill US troops seeks subsidy for Indiana plant

By Jennifer Griffin, Justin Fishel
Published March 22, 2013


A Pakistani fertilizer maker whose chemicals have been used in 80 percent of the roadside bombs that have killed and maimed American troops in Afghanistan is now seeking U.S. taxpayer subsidies in order to open a factory in Indiana. 
The request appears to be on hold pending further review, but the situation has stirred outrage in Congress, where some accuse the Pakistani government of halting efforts to clamp down on the bomb-making. 
For the past seven years, the U.S. government has known that the raw material calcium ammonium nitrate, or CAN, is making its way across the border into Afghanistan where the Taliban use it to fuel their most deadly weapons, namely the improvised explosive device. IEDs have long been the number one killer of U.S. and coalition troops. 
The material largely comes from Pakistani fertilizer maker the Fatima Group. But the Pakistani government has stymied attempts by the Pentagon to stop the flow of the…

Menon meets Karzai, discusses security of Indians

Kabul/New Delhi/Washington, March 5 (IANS) India Friday said that the Feb 26 terror attack in Kabul will not deter it from helping rebuild Afghanistan as National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon met Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul to review the security of around 4,000 Indians working in that country.

Menon, who arrived here Friday morning on a two-day visit, discussed with Karzai some proposals to bolster security of Indians engaged in a wide array of reconstruction activities, ranging from building roads, bridges and power stations to social sector projects.

The Indian government is contemplating a slew of steps to secure Indians in Afghanistan, including setting up protected venues where the Indians working on various reconstruction projects will be based. Deploying dedicated security personnel at places where Indians work is also being considered.

Menon also met his Afghan counterpart Rangin Dadfar Spanta and enquired about the progress in the probe into the Kabul attack in…

Revathi from Karnataka got selected in Civil Services

Miss. Revathi from Karnataka got selected in the civil services became IAS. Above is the picture of her house. She is the role model for everyone. Let's congratulate her.