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Turkey can stage cross-border operation when necessary - spokesperson

Turkey Materials 19 July 2011 08:19
Turkish government spokesperson said on Monday that Turkey could stage a cross-border operation when necessary, Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkey can stage cross-border operation when necessary - spokesperson

Turkish government spokesperson said on Monday that Turkey could stage a cross-border operation when necessary, Anadolu Agency reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, also the government spokesperson, said that the government could instruct the armed forces to stage a cross-border operation if necessary.

"In such a case, a cross-border operation can be staged, however we have not talked about such an operation or such a need in our today's meeting," Arinc told reporters after the cabinet meeting in Ankara.

Arinc said the cabinet asked the Interior Ministry to launch an investigation into the terrorist attack that killed 13 soldiers in Silvan town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Last Thursday, PKK terrorists killed 13 Turkish soldiers and wounded 7 others in an ambush in Silvan town. Turkish Armed Forces said seven terrorists were killed in the clash.

Arinc also said the General Staff had also launched an administrative investigation into the attack, and the result of this investigation would be presented to the prime minister.

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