Arab League chief expresses concern over Turkish action in Iraq

Other News Materials 23 February 2008 18:35 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The Arab League General Secretary Amr Mussa expressed concern Saturday over Turkey's military operations in northern Iraq, according to an official Arab League statement.

Mussa called for Iraqi sovereignty to be respected, and urged Turkey and Iraq to abide by all treaties signed over the issue.

He emphasised the importance of resolving the situation peacefully, saying the Iraqi government should act against all terrorist activities aimed at destablising either country.

Before Friday's incursion, Turkish had carried out regular cross- border airstrikes and small-scale operations targeting positions of PKK rebels.

The PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, has been fighting for a separate homeland for Turkey's Kurdish minority.