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What Will Ankara Consider?
Sep 10, 2003-Byegm-MILLIYET- Columnist Fikret Bila comments on the criteria Turkey will consider before deciding about sending soldiers to Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:
What will Turkey consider before making its decision on sending our soldiers to Iraq? The answers given by top civilian and military officials tell the tale. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that Ankara would be close to a decision by the end of this month. He told Washington, â€˜The US should take the fight against the PKK terrorist group seriously.â€™ This message is important, for the USâ€™ stance on the PKK/KADEK issue will be the most important single factor in Ankaraâ€™s decision. In the view of both civilian and military officials, this decision will be critical for Turkeyâ€™s future. Therefore they want this to be clarified so as to satisfy Ankara not only on paper, but also in practice.
The military officialsâ€™ recent thoughts are as follows: â€˜Turkey should help the US and the Iraqi people, but what about Turkeyâ€™s security concerns? Turkey can help Iraq by securing a large sector. Our military strength and ability are up to it. However, while such a contribution looms, saying that Ankara shouldnâ€™t be interested in northern Iraq is ludicrous. There is a threat to Turkey in that region. In such a situation, it would be unfair to expect Ankara to be uninterested in northern Iraq and to send its soldiers only to other regions. The US made a promise about the fight against terrorism, but thatâ€™s not enough. We must see this in practice as well.â€™
The military officials added, â€˜Washington should make a strategic decision, too. Will the US have strategic cooperation with Turkey or with certain local powers and groups in the region instead? It should make its preference known. It seems the US is finally aware of the depth and huge scale of the problem it faces in Iraq. Under these circumstances it should base its relations with Turkey on strategic cooperation. Turkey canâ€™t tolerate tactical approaches or fence-sitting.â€™
Before deciding, Ankara will consider these factors and then make its decision accordingly. After the military negotiations conclude, Ankara will look for the same criteria and guarantees in the political realm as well.