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Violation of states’ sovereignty worsens Mideast crises: Iran

10 September 2015 7:43


Iran has warned that any violation of other countries’ sovereignty will worsen the chaotic situation in the Middle East following the deployment of Turkish armed forces on the Iraqi soil to hunt down Kurdish militants.

Iran “believes that any measure undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of countries further complicates the critical situation of the region and provides a justification for the intervention of foreign countries in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday.

She made the remarks a day after a Turkish government source said two units of Turkish special forces had crossed into northern Iraq in “hot pursuit” of militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Ankara’s decision came after at least 14 Turkish police officers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Turkey’s Igdir Province earlier on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in her comments, Afkham condemned the deaths of civilians and security forces in the recent wave of terror attacks in Turkey.

The Iranian official also expressed concern over the renewed conflict between Turkey and the PKK, expressing hope that the two sides would resume their peace process.

Ankara launched airstrikes against PKK positions in Iraq and Turkey as well as purported Daesh targets in Syria after a deadly July 20 bomb attack attributed to Daesh terrorists left 32 people dead in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the northern Syrian town of Kobani.

A shaky ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was declared null and void by the militants following the Turkish airstrikes against the group.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1984. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

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