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ARAB LEAGUE/TURKEY (S ONLY) BY LAURIE KASSMAN/CAIRO

From: yanni@ix.netcom.com (Ioannis Bousnakis)

DATE=7/9/95

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-181669

TITLE=ARAB LEAGUE/TURKEY (S ONLY)

BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN

DATELINE=CAIRO

CONTENT=

VOICED AT:

INTRO: THE 22-NATION ARAB LEAGUE HAS ONCE AGAIN CRITICIZED TURKEY FOR ITS CROSS BORDER OFFENSIVE INTO NORTHERN IRAQ, AIMED AGAINST TURKISH KURDISH REBEL BASES. CORRESPONDENT LAURIE KASSMAN HAS MORE FROM OUR MIDDLE EAST BUREAU IN CAIRO.

TEXT: THE STATEMENT CALLS THE TURKISH ACTION A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF IRAQ AND INTERFERENCE IN ITS INTERNAL AFFAIRS. THE ARAB LEAGUE PREVIOUSLY CONDEMNED TURKEY'S MILITARY OPERATION LAST MARCH IN NORTHERN IRAQ.

AT THAT TIME ARAB STATES EXPRESSED UNDERSTANDING WITH TURKEY'S EFFORTS TO CRUSH THE KURDISH INSURGENCY, BUT THEY DREW THE LINE AT SUPPORTING TURKEY WHEN IT SENT 35-THOUSAND TROOPS ACROSS THE BORDER INTO IRAQ.

TURKEY ARGUED THE ACTION WAS JUSTIFIED AS SELF-DEFENSE. TURKEY HAS LONG COMPLAINED ABOUT THE POWER VACUUM IN NORTHERN IRAQ, WHICH IT SAYS IS ALLOWING INSURGENT KURDS TO SEEK REFUGE THERE.

IN THE LATEST CROSS-BORDER ACTION, THREE-THOUSAND TROOPS BACKED BY FIGHTER PLANES AND HELICOPTERS ATTACKED SUSPECTED REBEL BASES IN NORTHERN IRAQ. U-N OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 700 FAMILIES HAVE FLED THE COMBAT AREA. (SIGNED)

NEB/LK/DW/RAE

09-Jul-95 11:53 AM EDT (1553 UTC)

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Source: Voice of America

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