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Military means remains in Turkey's determination against PKK
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09:04, November 07, 2007

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The military means against the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) remained in a statement issued by Press Center of the Turkish Prime Ministry on Tuesday.

Turkish government maintains its determination to take political, diplomatic and military initiatives to fight against the PKK, said the statement, which came a day after a vital meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington.

The meeting was widely seen as the key for removing possibility of Turkey's military incursion into northern Iraq to crush the PKK rebels.

"Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President George W. Bush expressed the joint political will of the two countries to counter terrorism," the press center said, underlining the importance of cementing the two countries' political, diplomatic and military cooperation in the fight against the PKK.

The center also said the two leaders talked about multilateral and comprehensive cooperation against the PKK and agreed to take urgent steps.

"As part of military measures, the two countries decided to strengthen direct communication channels to ensure operational coordination between the authorities," the center said.

The leaders also stressed the necessity of improving intelligence sharing, it added.

Turkey has massed up to 100,000 troops along the mountainous border with Iraq in preparations for a cross-border operation to crush about 3,000-strong PKK rebels in the light of a motion approved by the parliament earlier this month.

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.

Source: Xinhua

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