ANKARA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Iraqi Vice
President Tariq Al-Hashimi said here on Tuesday that Iraqi administration is
ready to cooperate with Turkey in its fight against the outlawed Kurdish
Workers' Party (PKK).
Al-Hashimi made the remarks at his meeting with
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital of Ankara,
during which they discussed over the issue of PKK terrorist organization.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
(L) and Iraq's Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi (R) pose for the media
before a meeting in Ankara October 16, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters
his part, Erdogan said that Turkey respects Iraq's political unity and
territorial integrity, adding that Turkey is also determined to take every type
of measure against terrorist organization.
Stressing the importance of fighting against
terrorism, Erdogan said that it is Turkey's legitimate right to restore national
security as well as safety of its citizens.
Erdogan also strongly stressed Turkey's expectation
from the United States and Iraqi administration to take concrete steps to end
activities of PKK in Iraq.
Al-Hashimi arrived in Ankara earlier on Tuesday for a
working visit after the Turkish government submitted a motion for a cross-border
operation against the PKK in Iraq to the Turkish parliament later on Monday.
Turkish government spokesman and Deputy Prime
Minister Cemil Cicek said Monday that the motion was only targeted at the PKK
and it would be valid for one year.
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul (R) and
Iraq's Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi (L) pose for the media prior to a
meeting in Ankara October 16, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters
Friday, Erdogan said that Turkey has long been seeking the cooperation with Iraq
and the United States in its fight against the PKK, but there has been no
tangible crackdown on the rebels.
The PKK has increased its attacks on government
troops in southeastern Turkey, which led to rising Turkish demands for an
incursion into northern Iraq to crush the rebels based there.
The group, listed as a terrorist organization by
Turkey, the United States and the European Union, launched an armed campaign for
an ethnic homeland in the mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking
decades of strife that has claimed more than 30,000 lives.