Iran, Turkey to Discuss PKK, PEJAK on Monday

A04142301.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Turkey will seek initiatives on Monday against the outlawed separatist PKK and its breakaway faction PEJAK during the 12th Iran-Turkey High Security Commission meeting in Ankara.

PEJAK threatened on Sunday to launch bomb attacks inside Iran.

An eight-member Iranian delegation, led by a deputy interior minister, is expected to arrive in Ankara on Monday to attend the five-day meeting which will open in Ankara on Monday.

The Turkish delegation will be led by Interior Ministry Undersecretary Osman Gunes, with senior officials from the police department, the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the Gendarmerie Command and the Foreign Ministry participating in the meeting.

During the meeting the two neighboring countries will look at joint measures to deal with separatist threats posed by the PKK and the PEJAK, a PKK offshoot operating in Iran.

The latest meeting of the commission was held in February 2006 in Tehran.

PEJAK based in northern Iraq threatened on Sunday to launch bomb attacks inside Iran. PEJAK warned it has the ability to “carry out bombings against Iranian forces” inside Iran.

Ronahi Ahmed, a member of Pejak’s political bureau, told AFP from the group’s hideout in Qandil mountain in northern Iraq that the rebels were ready to launch a long fight against Tehran.

“…We have the ability to confront Iran inside Tehran,” she said.

Ahmed said the group had recently attacked Iranian forces across the border.

“Last month our people were able to infiltrate Mahkook town in northwest Iran. They killed dozens of Iranian soldiers. In another incident in Iran’s Marywan town our guerrillas killed six soldiers,” she said.

“Iran should be aware that we have a long arm that can strike at significant places inside Iran, especially in the northwest reaching Tehran.”

PEJAK is an anti-Iranian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish rebel movement fighting to carve out an independent state in southeastern Turkey since 1984 in a conflict that has killed more than 37,000 people.

Turkish Armed Forces launched a cross-border ground operation into north of Iraq on February 21st in order to neutralize the outlawed separatist PKK positions stationed within the borders of Kurdish administration in northern Iraq and to destroy organizational infrastructure in the region. On February 29th, Turkish troops returned to bases in Turkey.

The PKK and Ankara’s troops fought fierce battles in March inside Iraq after Turkey launched a ground offensive.

Ahmed also warned of a full-scale war with the Islamic Republic, saying, the battle will be more severe and the region where we are staying will be hit by a war”.

The United States has labeled PEJAK as a terrorist group but it supports PEJAK in its fight against Iran.

Tehran has long accused the United States of supporting anti-Iranian armed groups, including the PJAK and Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). Both PJAK and MKO have been enlisted by the European Union and even the US as terrorist groups.

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