Thursday, January 06, 2005

Turkish, U.S. and Iraqi officials will hold a meeting on security issues in Ankara next week. Sources said on Tuesday that the date of the tripartite meeting is not clear, adding that officials will discuss elimination of PKK/Kongra-Gel terrorist organization from the north of Iraq during the meeting. Sources noted that the meeting can be held between January 11th and 14th. (

And an earlier article from The Washington Times (Jan 4): U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage and Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on Monday reviewed touchy regional issues that have led to coolness between their countries, but Mr. Gul said ties between the two NATO allies, described by both parties as a "strategic partnership," will remain intact. One of the reasons for the chill in bilateral ties is the presence in northern Iraq of an estimated 5,000 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that Turkey holds responsible for a civil conflict that claimed about 37,000 lives in the country's southeast from 1984 to 1999.

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