( IHA ) - Answering IHA's questions during his weekly press conference on Monday, Muhammad Ali Hosseini, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Iran favoured a diplomatic solution to Turkey's fight against separatist faction PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) which sparked a debate over Turkish military's possible cross-border operation in the northern Iraq against militants holed up there.
Hosseini said, "We believe that the issues should be resolved through diplomatic ways. The options of negotiation and dialogue should be assessed. We believe that the options other than diplomacy would be against the interests of the region."
Iranian forces have bombed some locations in the northern Iraq in past months to eradicate the claimed presence of PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), an affiliate of PKK based in Kurdistan province of Iran. PJAK, like PKK, is recognized as a terrorist organization by Iran, Turkey and the United States.
The Turkish government was to discuss a draft on Monday which would then be sent to the parliament for approval, that permits Turkish armed forces to conduct operations in the northern Iraq. Possibility of a cross-border operation came to the spotlight again recently following the massacre of 13 Turkish soldiers in the southeastern Turkey by PKK recently, which shocked the nation.