Turkish PM Erdoğan says WSJ's Uludere claims ‘fabricated'
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again dismissed reports claiming that the intelligence that led to the killing of 34 civilians in Uludere last year was provided by US officials to the Turkish side, and said the reports are "fabricated," Today's Zaman reported.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported last week that it was a US Predator drone that spotted the men and pack animals and American officers alerted Turkey. "That region is a terror-hit region and the incident took place in a terror-hit area. There may be people who want to mislead others on the issue, and let them do so if they want to do so. There are some who keep saying that the US made a statement [on the Uludere killings] and other things. All those are fabricated reports," the prime minister said on Sunday during a press conference he called at Ankara Esenboga Airport before he left for Pakistan.
Erdogan's visit to Pakistan will be the fifth one after he became prime minister. The prime minister's three-day visit to Islamabad will initiate a new period in Turkish-Pakistani relations. Erdogan will launch a high-level process of cooperation between the two countries in order to raise the trade volume to $2 billion.