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UN chief appeals for "respect" of borders between Turkey, Iraq
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09:38, February 23, 2008

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appealed for restraint and respect of the borders between Turkey and Iraq.

"The secretary-general is concerned by the latest escalation of tension along the Turkish-Iraqi border," said a statement issued by Ban's press office. "While conscious of Turkey's concerns, he reiterates his appeal for utmost restraint, and for respect of the international borders between Iraq and Turkey."

The UN chief also repeated his "previous calls for an immediate end to continued incursions" by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) elements "carrying out terrorist attacks in Turkey from Northern Iraq."

"The protection of civilian life on both sides of the border remains the paramount concern," it added. "The secretary-general appeals to the governments of Iraq and Turkey to work together to promote peace and stability along their border."

The Turkish military said Friday that it launched air strike and shelling on Thursday on the PKK targets in northern Iraq. It sent ground troops in the region Thursday evening and "will return to Turkey after it achieves the planned targets."

Source: Xinhua

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