FM: Kurdish separatists wanted by Turkey are outside Iraq
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari denied that terrorists of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), wanted by Ankara, are in Iraq, CNN Turk reported.
Earlier, the Turkish government has provided a list to European countries and Iraq, including the names of particularly dangerous terrorist paramilitary group PKK, with a view to their subsequent extradition from these countries to Turkey.
Zebari said that the people whose names were handed over to official Baghdad, are outside Iraq or in the territories beyond the control of the Iraqi government.
Kandil Mountains, which are adjacent to the Iraqi-Turkish border, are one of the main location of PKK terrorists.
Zebari says that these separatists are hiding in the mountains and gorges that are outside the Iraqi army.
Official Baghdad does not refuse from cooperating with Ankara against the PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, he said.
After terrorist attacks on Turkish military bases increased, Turkish armed forces launched a massive operation on the border with Iraq last month to combat the separatists.