The Turkish government had explains that Iraq’s proposals on taking action against the PKK will take too long to work. They have cited that to be the reason for rejecting all of Iraq’s proposals on the PKK so far. So far, both governments are trying to avert possible military action into northern Iraq which is occupied by the Kurds. Numerous nations are concerned as Kurdish occupied Northern Iraq is the most stable part of the country.
Iraq has already received a list of PKK rebels from Turkey. The Turkish government had already demanded the extradition of the members. While the Turkish government praises Iraq for trying hard to come up with a peaceful solution, it insists that more urgent action needs to be taken to combat the PKK forces. Ankara had already stated that it wasn’t far enough to have all PKK officers throughout Iraq closed off.
They stated that they want all of the PKK mountain bases closed off. They also said that they wanted the leaders of the PKK handed over as well. So far, it looks as the closest thing they did was to close PKK officers and throw its activities off track.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minster Cemil Cicek had said that all members of the PKK in northern Iraq are guilty. He adds that they are criminals by the least for being in the PKK in the first place. Mr. Cicek has stated that Turkey wants all of them handed over.
Within the last few weeks, the PKK had attacked troops across the border and then retreating back into northern Iraq. Turkey had threatened to take military action but was urged to restrain itself by the United States. The climax of the tensions came Sunday when a Turkish military patrol was attacked by the PKK. 12 soldiers were killed as a result.
Turkey has been pressured by the public and the media to take military action. They had also recommended action on cutting off supplies to northern Iraq such as food and electricity.
Currently, it’s estimated that at least three-thousand PKK members are in northern Iraq. It would look as if Turkey wants every one of them.