TURKISH GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST PKK TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ
TURKISH GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS MILITARY OPERATIONS
AGAINST PKK TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Turkish Embassy issued the following:
The Turkish government has suspended military operations against the PKK terrorists in northern Iraq while it examines the situation there. These operations were undertaken in response to PKK terrorist attacks on Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, 1991, which claimed the lives of 27 Turkish officers, soldiers and civilians and wounded two children. As part of the review process, Turkey sent a technical delegation into northern Iraq on a fact-finding mission.
Arriving in northern Iraq on Oct. 29, the delegation conducted detailed investigations at various locations determined by Iraqi Kurdish leaders. The delegation concluded that the cross-border operations yed any civilian settlement centers, including residences, places of worship and hospitals, as alleged by certain northern Iraqi leaders.
Moreover, after reviewing the information provided by the Iraqi Kurdish leaders and local people, the delegation determined that those localities which were alleged to have been attacked by the Turkish Armed Forces had in fact been destroyed by the Iraqi Army years ago.
/CONTACT: Tacan Ildem of the Turkish Embassy, 202-659-8200/ CO: Turkish Embassy ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: MH-DC -- DC017 -- 1330 11/05/91 14:29 EST