Published December 09, 2015
ANKARA, Turkey-- Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday that Iraq should move to prevent Kurdish attacks on his country from Iraqi soil as the two countries renewed their commitment to fight the rebels.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey's patience was running out and that it was determined to eradicate the rebel threat from neighboring northern Iraq.
"We no longer have patience for terrorist activity directed toward Turkey from Iraqi soil," Davutoglu told a joint news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
Zebari, a Kurd, said Iraq was willing to increase pressure on the rebels but that his country does not have the resources now to defeat the guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK.
Iraq, however, reaffirmed its determination "to eliminate PKK and all other terrorists' organizations' presence in Iraq," following security talks between the sides earlier this week, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
"Both countries will enhance their cooperation in their struggle against terrorism in accordance with international law," the statement said without elaborating.
Kurdish rebels have been using Iraq as a launch pad for attacks on Turkish targets in a war for autonomy in Turkey's southeast. Turkish warplanes have recently struck rebel bases in Iraq in response to an escalation of attacks by the rebels since July.
In latest violence in Turkey, suspected Kurdish rebels attacked a police station near the southern city of Iskenderun, killing one policeman and wounding three others on Thursday, Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz of Iskenderun province told the state-run Anatolia news agency. One attacker was killed at the scene and others fled after firing from speeding cars, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Kurdish militants believed to be linked to the rebel group claimed a car bomb explosion in the Turkish capital last month that killed five people and wounded more than 30 others.