'Turkey ready to cooperate with Iraq on PKK'

Taking necessary measures against PKK elements on its land is primarily Iraq's responsibility, says Turkish Foreign Ministry

2020-08-13 07:34:52

ANKARA  

The PKK terrorist organization, which attacks Turkey from regions in Iraq where it has nested, also challenges Iraq's sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and stability, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. 

The ministry said taking necessary measures against PKK elements on its land is primarily Iraq's responsibility.  

"Our country is ready to cooperate with Iraq in this regard. However, if the PKK presence in Iraq continues to be tolerated, Turkey is determined to take the necessary measures for the security of its borders, wherever it may be," the statement said.  

The statement added that Turkey invites Iraq to take the necessary steps in this direction and also invites some countries and regional organizations which make unfounded claims against Turkey to put an end to their approach, which encourages terrorists. 

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the YPG/PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.