Iraq says talks with Turkey positive
www.chinaview.cn 2007-10-26 20:02:41   Print

Iraq's Defence Minister General Abdel Qader Jassim (C) and National Security Minister Shirwan al-Waili (R) leave the Esenboga Airport upon their arrival in Ankara October 25, 2007. An Iraqi team, led by Jassim and including members of northern Iraq's Kurdish administration, arrived in Ankara for talks which Turkish officials described as a last chance for diplomacy.

Iraq's Defence Minister General Abdel Qader Jassim (C) and National Security Minister Shirwan al-Waili (R) leave the Esenboga Airport upon their arrival in Ankara Oct. 25, 2007. An Iraqi team, led by Jassim and including members of northern Iraq's Kurdish administration, arrived in Ankara for talks which Turkish officials described as a last chance for diplomacy.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    ANKARA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Mohammad Asghari, spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, said Friday that the talks between Turkish and Iraqi executives in Ankara are positive.

    "Talks are on the right track," he told reporters in the Turkish capital, adding the two sides are having an important meeting for a couple of hours.

    Turkish and Iraqi officials began holding talks earlier on Friday, seeking to avert a Turkish incursion against Kurd rebels in northern Iraq.

    The talks began shortly before 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) between visiting Iraqi Defense Minister Abdel Qader al-Ubaidi and National Security Minister Shirwan al-Waeli and Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and Interior Minister Besir Atalay.

    Al-Ubaidi, leading a high-level Iraqi delegation, arrived in Ankara on Thursday to discuss ways with Turkish officials to defuse the current border tension posed by the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), Turkey's semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    The delegation also includes Security Minister Shirwan al-Waili, Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative Safeen Dizayee and Ministry of Interior Affairs Under secretary Aydin Khalit, Anatolia said.

    The visit came as Turkey continues a military buildup along the Iraqi border ahead of a possible incursion into northern Iraq to crush the PKK camps there.

Turkish commandos secure the area as they patrol a road in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari, near Iraqi border, October 26, 2007.

Turkish commandos secure the area as they patrol a road in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari, near Iraqi border, Oct. 26, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    The Turkish parliament approved on Oct. 17 a government motion backing a cross-border operation into northern Iraq for pursuing PKK militants, straining the relations between the two neighboring countries.

    The PKK, which has been fighting more than 20 years for an independent Kurdish country in southern Turkey, further fueled the tension on Sunday by killing 12 Turkish soldiers in a deadly ambush.

    ANKARA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Turkish helicopters continued to carry troops to the border regions with northern Iraq on Friday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    According to the report, the helicopters carrying troops took off from town of Yuksekova in southeastern province of Hakkari andheaded for Daglica region. Full story

Iraqi delegation in last-ditch effort to seek diplomatic solution to border crisis

  ANKARA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- A high-level Iraqi delegation arrived in Ankara on Thursday to discuss steps Turkey and Iraq can take to ease tension along their borders and eradicate presence of the Kurdish Workers' Party's (PKK) in Iraq.

    The delegation is led by Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qadir al-Ubaidi and Security Minister Shirwan al-Waili, Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representative Safeen Dizayee and Ministry of Interior Affairs Under Secretary Aydin Khalit, Turkey's semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. Full story

Turkish PM: Turkey has right to attack Kurdish rebels in N Iraq

    BUCHAREST, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkey has the right to intervene in northern Iraq against the Kurdish rebels and, should the situation call for it, the Turkish security forces will not hesitate to take these measures, the visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said here on Thursday.

    After his meeting with his Romanian counterpart Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Erdogan stressed it is his country's right to fight against terrorism. Full story

Iraq: Syria to mediate between Iraq, Turkey 

    DAMASCUS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani said here on Thursday that Syria will launch a plan to mediate between Iraq and Turkey to ease tension along their borders and the plan will be announced once it is completed.

    "There is a meditation project that will be announced when its conditions are completed," Mashhadani said in a statement to reporters. Full story

Turkey government troops repulse PKK militants' attack

    ANKARA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkish security officials said Thursday that government troops with tanks and artillery have repulsed an attack by a group of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants near the Iraqi border.

    Up to 40 attackers targeted Turkish gendarmes, or paramilitary police, at a military post in the mountainous Hakkari province near the border late on Wednesday, said the officials, adding the militants withdrew back into northern Iraq after heavy clashes. The officials gave no more details about casualties. Full story


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