Gov’t submits motion for extending cross-border mandate to Parliament

A government motion seeking one-year extension of a mandate from Parliament to conduct military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) based in northern Iraq was sent to the Parliament,  government spokesman Bülent Arınç said on Monday following a cabinet meeting.

The motion was first brought up to Parliament in 2007, and has since been extended three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The current resolution providing the legal basis for operations expires on Oct. 17, and with the motion sent to Parliament, the government is seeking permission for cross-border operations for one more year.

Arınç said ministers signed the motion during Monday’s cabinet meeting and that the issue will be the Parlaiment’s first agenda item once it returns from recess on Oct. 1.

The motion, which seeks parliamentary authorization for a cross-border operation into northern Iraq any time in the next year, was sent to Parliament. The measure is to be voted on in Parliament on Tuesday, where an overwhelming majority of deputies are expected to vote in favor. The only party, pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which is expected to vote against the motion, currently boycotts the Parliament.


26 September 2011, Monday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM