's parliament went into secret session this week to debate sending troops to invade and occupy northern Turkey for security purposes. Iraq
More than 30,000 people have been killed in the confrontation between the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish army – about 400 last year alone, according to
's Human Rights Association. Turkey
Onur Oymen, the deputy chairman of the Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said: "
Northern Iraqis the only place in the world where a terrorist group can operate without being pursued."
"If the Iraqis and the
are not prepared to take action over this, then we must." US
Oymen referred to bases in northern
belonging to the PKK which has been fighting Turkish troops since the 1980s to try to establish a separate Kurdish state in southeastern Iraq . Turkey Northern Iraqhas been effectively independent of s control since the early 1990s. ' Baghdad