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(GEN) MGK RECOMMENDS CONTINUATION TO GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS ON DEMOCRATIC MOVE.

ANKARA, Aug 21, 2009 (TUR) -- Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) said on Thursday government should continue efforts on democratic move which was initiated to deal with the Kurdish issue and carried out under coordination of Interior Minister Besir Atalay.

After a 7-hour meeting, the council said in a statement that "council members were briefed about efforts of Interior Ministry, which were carried out to cement unity of Turkey and Turkish people, and to ensure peace, prosperity and happiness of people."

The council recommended continuation to ministry's efforts, the statement said.

The statement also said situation in Iraq was discussed in the light of recent developments and added that developments regarding the tripartite mechanism formed by Turkey, the United States and Iraq was reviewed. The statement pointed out the importance of talks with Iraqi groups and said the council was informed about the meeting of Turkey-Iraq High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

Council members also thanked Naval Forces Commander Gen. Metin Atac and Air Forces Commander Gen. Aydogan Babaoglu, who attended the MGK gathering for the last time as they would retire as of August 30, the statement added.

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