October 23rd, 2007 14:31 EST
There is evidence US supplied arms and food to PKK
"There is evidence US supplied arms and food to PKK. Turkey is very angry about this. But recent move by US and EU is pro Turkey. Turkey threatened Iraq to cut off water and electricity and other exports from Turkey to Iraq.
Now, Iraq also cooperates. Neighbouring Syria and Iran also support Turkey 100%. With people`s pressure Turkish Govt is working properly. Other internal issues of treachery, crime, dealing with religious ignorance, corruption are not dealt with. In despite of over 80 universities, there are still 40% ignorant masses who control the country with the present day backward government.
Thanks to democracy. There is talk that elections were corrupt. Foreign powers like the present govt as it seems easy to cooperate with. Opposition is very angry and so are the Turkish people- as all of Turkey`s industries and assets are sold to foreign interests. `
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq`s prime minister ordered a crackdown Tuesday on Kurdish PKK rebels, saying Iraq will no longer tolerate the "terrorist" group on its soil, amid Turkish threats of a military incursion.
"The PKK is a bad terrorist organisation and we have taken a decision to close its offices and not allow them to work on Iraqi soil," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said after he met visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan.
"We are putting all our efforts to eliminate their terrorist activities that threaten Iraq and Turkey," said Maliki, who has been under pressure from Ankara and Washington to act against the Iraq-based rebels attacking Turkey.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who is a Kurd, said earlier that Iraq had begun undertaking a series of measures to thwart the rebels, "including restricting their movements, (their) funding and closing of their offices".
The Kurdistan Workers` Party (PKK) largely operates clandestinely through local social groups in the three northern Iraqi Kurdish provinces of Sulaimaniyah, Arbil and Dohuk.
Maliki said he was keen to maintain healthy relations with Turkey and "an increase in political dialogue was the way....not adopting a military action" to solve the Kurdish rebel issue.
Babacan used his high-profile visit to reassure Iraq that Turkey wants a diplomatic solution to the problem of Kurdish rebel bases.
"Politics, dialogue, diplomacy, culture and economy are the measures to deal with this crisis," the Turkish minister said at a joint news conference in Baghdad with Zebari.
"We do not want to sacrifice our cultural and economic relations with Iraq for the sake of a terror organisation," he said, referring to the PKK which has waged deadly insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984.
But Babacan rejected a truce offer made by the PKK on Monday in return for an end to Turkish military action.
"The issue of ceasefire is an issue between two countries and two armies and not with a terror organisation," he said.
Babacan said diplomacy remained the best way to resolve the crisis despite the "huge anger" in Turkey over the deaths of 12 soldiers and kidnapping of eight others in a weekend attack by the rebels on a patrol near the border.
Tens of thousands of Turks protested across Turkey on Tuesday during the funerals of the slain soldiers as a pro-Kurdish news agency published pictures of the eight soldiers.
"We are all soldiers, we will smash the PKK," mourners chanted at one such funeral, while a placard at another funeral read "Treacherous Talabani... give us the dogs," referring to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Talabani -- also a Kurd -- has said that Baghdad is unable to capture and hand over PKK rebels based in northern Iraq as requested by Ankara.
In London, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had still not ruled out military action, sanctioned by parliament last week.
"The Iraqi government must know that we can exercise this mandate we have received from the Turkish parliament at any time," Erdogan said after talks with his British counterpart Gordon Brown.
Brown said he understood the anger and frustration in Turkey over the presence of Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
"I can assure you we are doing everything in our power... to make sure that there is no safe haven for terrorist organisations in that part of Iraq threatening Turkey," he said.
Ahead of his talks in London, Erdogan had raised the possibility of joint action with the United States against PKK bases inside Iraq.
As he flew into London, he told the mass-selling Turkish daily Hurriyet that he had discussed with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the possibility of joint action against the rebels.
Erdogan said he received the signal that Washington might become involved during a telephone conversation with Rice on Sunday.
"She was worried. I saw she was in favour of a joint operation," he said. "She asked for a few days` time and said she would come back to us."
Washington said Tuesday that it may provide Turkey with intelligence to help its armed forces strike Kurdish rebels based in Iraq, but downplayed talk of joint military operations.
"Actionable intelligence is something that we can provide," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.
The United States, which uses the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey to supply its forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, fears any unilateral military action by Turkey could wreck efforts to stabilise Iraq.