Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Heating Up Nicely Thank You

US and Iraq have not Met Turkey's Expectations on PKK

Turkish government spokesman and Justice Minister Cemil Cicek has stated that the steps being taken by the United States and Iraqi authorities to deal with the presence in North Iraq of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq have not met Turkey's expectations.

Government spokesman Mr. Cicek made his remarks on Monday evening at a press conference held after the meeting of the Turkish cabinet of ministers at the Prime Ministry buildings in Ankara.

"We are seeking a mechanism that will speed up efforts even further," Minister Cicek stated in relation to the presence of the PKK in northern Iraq.

Regarding the issue of the PKK in northern Iraq, Cicek stated that comprehensive talks had taken place with US officials and the Iraqi administration with who Turkey was in close contact.

He added that important steps had been taken but that these had not been sufficient to meet Turkey's expectations.

Cicek went on to say that time was needed to solve the problem of terrorism and that the Turkish security forces were continuing their efforts in this direction.


In recent days, the US administration has indicated that it is to appoint a special envoy to coordinate the fight against the PKK terror organization in northern Iraq.


If they're apppointing a special envoy expect a lot more violence and expect it sooner rather than later. I don't see any way out of this.


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