BABACAN: "CROSS-BORDER OPS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE PKK IS ERADICATED"

Turkish Press
Feb 1 2008

Iraq and the terrorist PKK will be major issues for the government
this year, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said yesterday. "The next
issue will be Cyprus," he told news channel 24. "We seriously want to
start a negotiation process after elections are held in the south (next
month). This year we'll discuss the Aegean problems with Greece. After
elections in Armenia (also next month), I think that there will be
an opportunity to discuss the Armenian issue." Stating that anti-PKK
operations both in Turkey and in northern Iraq will continue to be
pursued when needed, Babacan said, "When this terrorist organization
is eradicated, then military instruments will be put aside."