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Iraq: Turkey, U.S. Agree On Plan To Deal with Kurdish Rebels In North

Ankara, 2 October 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The United States and Turkey have agreed on an "action plan" to purge Turkish Kurd rebels based in camps in northern Iraq. Nabi Sensoy, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official, told a news conference in Ankara that both sides agreed on a plan to "eradicate [the Kurdistan Workers Party] PKK/KADEK from northern Iraq."

Joseph Cofer Black, the U.S. State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism, speaking at the same conference, said the United States is committed to "dealing" with the PKK.

The United States considers the PKK, also known as KADEK, a terrorist organization. Previously, Turkey called on Washington to take action against PKK militants as it considers asking parliament to send troops to Iraq.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today urged parliament to "rapidly" decide on whether to send Turkish troops to Iraq.