U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Saturday she had urged Turkey to refrain from any major military operation in northern Iraq.
"I urged restraint," Rice, on a visit to Moscow, told reporters of her telephone conversations on Friday with Turkey's president, prime minister and foreign minister.
Two senior U.S. officials met Turkish officials in Ankara to try to ease strains after a Congressional resolution branded as genocide massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915.
Some analysts believe the vote could weaken Washington's influence on fellow NATO member Turkey and increase the likelihood of a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels.
Rice said she told the Turkish officials "that we all have an interest in a stable Iraq and that anything that is destabilizing is going to be to the detriment of both of our interests."
Turkish artillery fired seven to eight shells into a village in northern Iraq late on Saturday, witnesses said. It was the latest bout of regular shelling of the mountainous border area where separatist guerrillas are believed to hide out.
The witnesses said the shells landed in a village, about 5 km (3 miles) from the Turkish border, in Dahuk province. No casualties or damage was reported.
Rice acknowledged strains following the U.S. Congressional committee vote on the Armenian massacres. The Bush administration would strive to stop it being approved by the full U.S. Congress, she said. ( Reuters )