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    Erdogan: We Have To Go To Iraq

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    07.10.2003 - 09:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan persuaded ministers, who had hesitations, with his following words, “We have to go to Iraq for the interests of Turkey. We will be more powerful in the negotiations with U.S. if we can pass the permit from Parliament.”

    In the Cabinet meeting on Monday, which lasted for 5 hours, some ministers voiced their concerns about the issue of sending troops to Iraq. Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul responded to the consideration on the number, location, and status of troops and U.S.’ stance about fighting PKK-KADEK.

    Gul said that Turkey would act jointly with U.S. in order to terminate PKK-KADEK in Northern Iraq and that, “U.S. understands us now. She stands closer.” Erdogan said, “We have to go there for the interests of Turkey, peace and restructuring of Iraq, and for contributing to peace in the region. We will negotiate with U.S. from the position of power after we get the permission from Parliament. If we agree with U.S. our troops will go to the region. However it will, again, be up to us to leave the table if we cannot agree on the issues, in which we have sensitivities.”

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