"Now Turkey demands right to ‘defend itself’
Published: Friday, 28 July, 2006, 01:06 PM Doha Time
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul last week summoned the US and Iraqi ambassadors to warn them that Ankara would act in self-defence if effective measures were not taken to end the presence in northern Iraq of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party). The PKK was responsible for the killing of 14 Turkish soldiers and policemen the previous weekend. The basically cautious government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is making what may prove to be its last attempt to make the US administration live up to its declaration that it opposes the PKK as it does any other terrorist organisation."
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