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Turkey reiterates will to fight outlawed PKK

08-20-2010 10:38 BJT

ISTANBUL, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's National Security Council convened a meeting on Thursday, reiterating its will to fight outlawed organization Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) without concessions.

The council re-emphasized that the PKK is targeting Turkey's unity and its people's right to life, said a written statement issued after the meeting.

The PKK has been listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The statement seems to be an official response to PKK's announcement of a one-month Ramadan truce.

The semi-official Anatolia news agency said the meeting was held at the War Academies Command under the chairmanship of Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug attended the meeting for the last time before he is expected to retire on Aug. 30.

The Israeli attack on Turkish Gaza-aid ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, which left 9 Turks dead, was also discussed in detail during the meeting, the report said. Turkey called for an investigation into the attack, both in Turkey and in the international arena, the statement said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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