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    Turkish Parliament passes northern Iraq motion by overwhelming vote

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    18.10.2007 - 09:38 | Son Güncelleme: 18.10.2007 - 10:40

    The Turkish Parliament (TBMM) yesterday voted overwhelmingly to accept a motion to allow Turkish military troops to engage in over the border operations against PKK terror forces located in northern Iraq.

    With 507 MPs voting in favor of the motion and just 19 voting against, the motion was accepted by a higher number of MPs than the motions to send troops to Cyprus in 1964, 1967, and 1974. The closed parliamentary session was led yesterday by Speaker of the TBMM, Koksal Toptan, and was marked by seeming unity among leading party AKP members, as well as opposition CHP and MHP representatives. Isolated in their opposition to the northern Iraq motion were MPs from the largely Kurdish-backed DTP Party.
     
    One strong warning on the risks involved in Turkish intervention into northern Iraq came yesterday from DTP MP Selahattin Demirtas, who said:
     
    "In the place we are calling 'over the border' are a regional Kurdish authority which has not compromised with the Turkish government on the subject of a military operation, as well as a central Iraqi administration, and the international power, theUS. A military operation could put Turkey into the position of being a country at war. Even if we do engage in an over the border operation, the real question is how we will prevent these problems from bothering us...."
     
    Speaking in favor of the motion was AKP parliamentary group leader, Nihat Ergun:

    "We face an asymmetrical threat. Iraqi laws are not being implemented in northern Iraq. I am sure that this motion will be used by Turkish diplomacy forces before our armed forces even use it. The terror organization and those who support it must take the right steps in the face of Turkey's decision. We are obliged to find more sophiscated methods, rather than our conventional methods, in struggling."

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