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Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 7, 2008
Daily Press Briefing - October 7

Trilateral Talks on Combating the PKK (Taken Question)

Question: Will the United States, Turkey and Iraq hold trilateral talks on combating the PKK? If so, when will talks be held? Where?

Answer: The United States condemns the PKK terrorist attack on the night of October 3-4 in Simdinli. The United States considers the PKK a common enemy of Turkey, the United States, and Iraq. We reiterate our longstanding call for the PKK to lay down its arms and cease its violence once and for all, and our commitment to work with Turkey and Iraq to defeat PKK terrorists.

Turkey’s retaliatory fire following this latest PKK terrorist attack inflicted serious damage to a failing organization. The United States remains firmly committed to sustaining its information sharing with Ankara and to deepening our cooperation with both Turkey and Iraq against the PKK.

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Released on October 7, 2008

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