Gov’t OKs military’s cross-border proposal

The government has approved the military’s request to extend parliamentary authorization to conduct cross-border incursions into northern Iraq and said the process would be complete next week. “We will conclude the process during the first Cabinet meeting we will hold after my return from the United States,” Prime Minister Erdogan told reporters late September 21 before his departure to the United States, where he will attend to the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

A week after the Chief of General Staff’s proposal for the extension of the mandate was submitted to the prime ministry, the government has approved the mandate, which it will now take to Parliament for its concurrence. There are, however, no signs of plans for cross-border actions. The military has staged a series of air raids against PKK hideouts in the region since December 2007. In February 2008, it carried out a weeklong ground incursion. 

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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