"We are trying to defuse the situation, to work closely with the Turkish government, and we believe the best way is to revive the working group, or the security working group, that is made up of the United States, Iraq, and Turkey to address all Turkish legitimate security concerns over the PKK," Zebari said.
He added that "the Iraqi government's position, it is definitely opposed to any military incursion or any violations of Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Reports say Turkey's armed forces have urged the government to authorize an incursion into northern Iraq to pursue Kurdish militants.
The United States said today it shared Turkish concerns about Kurdish separatist fighters in northern Iraq, but urged Ankara no to take military action.
(Reuters, AFP, AP)
LOOKING BEYOND AL-MALIKI: RFE/RL Iraq analyst Kathleen Ridolfo led an RFE/RL briefing about the changing political landscape in Iraq, focusing on efforts to gain the upper hand in the event that the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki falls.
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