Turkey today demanded Iraq hand over more than 150 Kurdish rebels from the PKK terrorist group hiding in the country’s northern mountains.
Government officials gave a list of 153 people they want extradited to an Iraqi delegation visiting Ankara in an attempt to defuse the growing crisis on the countries’ border.
Turkey has threatened to cross the border with troops in an attempt to suppress PKK camps they claim are responsible for a series of attacks that have left dozens dead over the past few days.
“We gave a list of PKK leaders and asked for help from Iraq,” Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said .
Sources said that Iraqi officials said they could hand over at least 18 PKK members. Iraqi leaders have previously said they had no power to go after Kurdish rebel leaders and capture them.
Mr Cicek said Turkey wanted to arrest all PKK members “to finish off the group”.
“Of course, we would like to win the extradition of all PKK members, there are those who can be tried on charges of being a member of a terrorist organisation and there are those who have carried out attacks against Turkey and served in the leadership of the group,” he said. T
The Iraqi delegation met Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and was expected to see Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul later today.