Experts: Turkey remains alone in combating terrorism
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 20 /Trend, T.Jafarov, A.Tagiyeva/
In the fight against terrorism, Turkey can only rely on its own strength, since the cooperation with neighboring countries will not be effective, experts say.
Turkey is waiting for the support and assistance of the countries worldwide for the joint fight against terrorism, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after the terrorist attacks against Turkish security forces by the militants of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which claimed the lives of 24 servicemen.
Earlier, Erdogan stated that Turkey and Iran teamed up to conduct military operations against their common enemy - the Kurdish fighters, who are located on the border of Iran, Iraq and Turkey.
According to Erdogan, Ankara and Tehran are working together on the problem and intend to launch military operations without delay.
The tension existing in relations between Turkey and Iran over recent period led to the fact that their cooperation in combating terrorism will be ineffective, an Iranian expert on international affairs, Doctor of Political Sciences Davud Hermides Bavand said.
"The Turkish-Iranian relations are undergoing a period of stagnation because of the recent events in the region, and partially because of Turkey's role in these processes," Bavand told Trend by telephone from Tehran.
According to expert, the criticism of the Turkish authorities over Iran's position in the Syrian issue has created a crisis in relations between the two countries, which prevents the joint actions in combating terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party.
Bavand also said that the tensions between the two countries have led to the fact that the terrorist organizations in the region are using this power to strengthen their activities.
According to the Turkish analyst on anti-terrorism issues at the Institute of European Stability Initiatives Ekrem Eddy Guzeldere, the competition between Turkey and Iran in the region led to the impossibility of cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism.
"Iran is concerned over Turkey's leadership in the region, and Tehran is unlikely to agree to cooperate with Ankara. Most likely, Iran will fight at the expense of its security forces on its territory," Guzeldere told Trend.
The expert also said that several months ago, the Turkish-Iranian relations seemed real, but after Turkish authorities' statements against the Syrian regime, backed by Iran, Ankara and Tehran cooperation is impossible.
With regards to cooperation between Turkey and Iraq in combating terrorism, then, according to Guzeldere, this cooperation will also be ineffective.
"Also there is a certain tension in Iraq's relations with the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq. Iraq will likely not actively cooperate with Turkey in this regard," he said.
According to expert, the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq is very cautious about the issue of Kurdish separatists, which is the cause of a certain passivity of Iraq in combating PKK.
"We can suppose that in combating Kurdish separatists, Turkey can count only on itself," said Guzeldere.
Turkey's military yesterday launched ground and air operations in northern Iraq in response to PKK attack on Turkish servicemen, after which, it became known that the gunmen fled in territory of Iraq.
Turkey has recently launched an active struggle against terrorism. The Turkish Air Force is bombing Kurdish rebels' positions in northern Iraq.
Air strikes on PKK positions resumed after Aug. 17 attack of fighters on south-eastern Turkey, during which they killed nine Turkish military people.