الرئيسية » English Articles » Turkey vows to continue cross-border operations against PKK in N Iraq

Turkey vows to continue cross-border operations against PKK in N Iraq

Editor: Mu Xuequan

 

ANKARA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — Turkish National Security Council (MGK) said Thursday that cross-border operations against the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) will continue as long as the Turkish Armed Forces see them necessary.
“The MGK reaffirmed its determination to maintain measures against the activities of the terrorist organization and its supporters aiming to harm public order, unity and solidarity, and peace and confidence,” said a statement released after the MGK meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara.
“Also the Council discussed measures taken by our security forces to preserve security and peace and order throughout the country,” the statement added.
The U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Tuesday that his country is “continuing to work with the Turkish government and Turkish military to provide the best possible intelligence so that the PKK, operating in Iraqi territory can be dealt with.”
The U.S. has said the PKK is a threat to Turkey, Iraq and the United States, and has voiced support for Turkey to launch attacks on PKK targets in northern Iraq.
The Turkish military has launched several cross-border attacks 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 of the country. More than 30,000 people have been killed in the over-two-decade conflict.