(zaman.com) - Matt Bryza, US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs Indicated that the US government was not satisfied with their own actions taken against the PKK in Iraq, , and added, You will see more concrete results taken against the PKK very soon.
Following his contacts with Ankara, Athens and Nicosia, Greek Cypruss capital, Bryza at a press conference at the Washington Foreign Press Center responded to questions about the PKK, reports Trend.
Bryza disagreed with the claims that PKK enjoyed immunity in Iraq compared to al-Qaeda, and: added, I promise you will see more concrete results soon. But, we will have alternative methods to act against the PKK.
Bryza pointed out to the success in joint operations to cut off the PKKs financial and political support coming from Turkey and Europe. He also emphasized the importance of collaboration with Baghdad in action against the PKK.
In response to the question whether he was satisfied with the support of Baghdad and the regional Kurdish leaders against the PKK, he suggested a need for a deeper, more effective and more efficient collaboration.
The state department official iterated the necessity of collaboration with the Kurdish regional government, as well as the central government in Baghdad.
Counter-terrorism is complex and has several different levels, Bryza noted. He added that the final analysis indicated that they must win the hearts and minds of the potential supporters of those terrorists by improving economic and political conditions and by taking serious security measures.
Bryza characterized UN undersecretary Ibrahim Gambaris mediation efforts between the two Cypruses creating a positive atmosphere, as a pleasant surprise.
Gambari responded by saying, The purpose of my visit was to facilitate the talks, not to present a concrete plan.
As for the issue of opening the Turkish ports to Greek Cypriot vessels, Bryza iterated Turkey has to meet the requirements in the way of accession negotiations with the EU. He also emphasized the necessity of a formula that would not push Turkey to a corner, politically troublesome.