Turkey to take necessary measures to eliminate threat of terrorism stemming from N.Iraq, Turkish FM

July 09, 2010, Friday/ 16:05:00
Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that Turkey would take any necessary measures to eliminate threat of terrorism stemming from north of Iraq.

"Any tolerance on the matter is regardless of question," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the honorary consulate of Bosnia-Herzegovina in central Anatolian province of Konya.

Referring to functioning of the tripartite mechanism in dealing with PKK terrorist organization, Davutoğlu said, "the will to work together in coordination was once again reiterated during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with the U.S. President Barack Obama in Toronto and my own talks."

Davutoğlu said Turkey was also in close contact with the Iraq government.

Asked to comment on Turkish-Israeli relations, Davutoğlu said, "Turkey's expectations are clear. The expectations in question are very rightful demands. Both Israel and our other interlocutors know these demands in detail."

Referring to comment of U.S. President Barack Obama about accession of Turkey to the European Union, Davutoğlu said Turkey had a very strong will on EU membership and that this would not change.

"Turkey does not think of any other alternative. Obama's address is a message to the parties that put forth some political hindrances towards Turkey. Turkey's stance on the matter is clear," he said.

US President Barack Obama criticized the European Union (EU) that kept Turkey waiting in membership negotiations, and said Ankara's membership would be wise.

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