No evident danger for BTC, U.S. Amb to Kazakhstan assures
Defense of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil expo pipeline is under the competence of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. We closely cooperate with companies which participate in the work of oil pipeline to ensure security, but still I dont think there is real danger for the pipeline in connection with the situation in the border [of Turkey] with Iraq, Trend special correspondent in Astana reports citing George Ordway, the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan.
BTC, which is to deliver hydrocarbons from the Caspian to world markets, was put into operation in mid-July. The final point of the oil pipeline is located in Turkey, which has a tense situation in birder with Iraq due to activities of PKK terror organization here. .
Turkey and the United States regard PKK as a terror organization. The border section between Turkey and Iraq excite concerns. PKK functions in a mountainous city and they do not have contacts with the new government of Iraq. Now the talks between the new government of Iraq and the Turkish government on Р РљРљ problem are underway. It is a very difficult problem, as it concerns combating with a very difficult terror organization in shadow and I cannot make any suppositions in respect to military, the head of the US Central Command, John Abizaid said.