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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

United States Declares, No Ceasefire with Terrorists

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 23 October ( At the daily press briefing at the U.S. State Department in Washington on Monday, the question came up if the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was arranging a ceasefire between the Government of Turkey and the PKK or Kurdistan Peoples Party which is militarily battling with Turkey to win an independent state for ethnic Kurds in the south east province of Turkey.

This is what State Department spokesman Sean McCormack stated of the United States declared policy toward organizations that the U.S. has designated as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).

Question: There's some comments out of the Turkish Government -- or the Iraqi Government, rather, that the PKK might call for a ceasefire in the coming hours. Is that something that the Secretary was pushing with the Iraqis to crack down on the PKK to call for a ceasefire?

Mr. Mccormack: Our view is that the PKK is a terrorist organization; you can't negotiate with a terrorist organization. The first step is to make sure that there are no further attacks or loss of innocent life as a result of PKK terrorist activities. You also have to deal with the larger question of how do you eliminate threat from a terrorist organization like the PKK. But in terms -- in our view, there is no negotiating with a terrorist organization.

Last week the PKK stepped up its attack on the Government of Turkey military. The PKK is operating from the neighboring Iraq in the northern Kurd provinces.

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