ANKARA, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey was in a successful military
operation process that would both secure the Turkish-Iraqi border and restore
stability and tranquility in the region, the semi-official Anatolia news agency
Commenting on the latest cross-border operations, Erdogan said that Turkey has used whatever necessary within the framework of international law and would definitely continue to do so.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is seen in Ankara in this Nov. 29, 2007 file photo. Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey was in a successful military operation process that would both secure the Turkish-Iraqi border and restore stability and tranquility in the region. (Xinhua Photo)
Refuting the claims that there were civilian
casualties during the operations, Erdogan reiterated that Turkey did not have a
negative point of view towards the Iraqi people, their territorial integrity,
national unity and stability.
"On the contrary, Turkey is resolved to contribute to
the tranquility and prosperity of the Iraqi people," he said.
Erdogan said Turkey understood well the requirements
of the international law, stressing that the only target of the operations was
the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).
Moreover, the Prime Minister indicated that the aim
of the PKK was actually to disrupt harmony in the region, and "thus our target
is to uproot this terrorist organization from the whole region," said Erdogan.
In addition, he accused the terrorist activities
carried out by the PKK of being an impediment of development in regions in
Turkey and northern Iraq, as "no one is willing to invest in the region where
fear, hopelessness and insecurity prevails."
The Turkish military has launched several air attacks
in north Iraq recently in a bid to fight separatist PKK rebels, who use northern
Iraq as a launch pad for attacks against Turkey.
The PKK, listed by the United States and Turkey as a
terrorist group, took up arms against Turkey in 1984 with the aim of creating an
ethnic homeland in the southeast. More than 30,000 people have been killed in
the over-two-decade conflict.
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