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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Saturday that Syria must not become a haven for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants battling Turkey.
"We share Turkey's determination that Syria must not become a haven for PKK terorrists whether now or after the departure of the Assad regime," Clinton told a joint news conference in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.
At the press conference, Davutoglu warned against a "power vacuum" in conflict-torn Syria being exploited by the PKK and said, "We need to take joint efforts to prevent a power vacuum from being formed."

US, Turkey plan for worst-case scenarios in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Turkey’s foreign minister said Saturday that their countries are creating a formal structure to plan for worst-case scenarios in Syria, including a possible chemical weapons attack on regime opponents.
Clinton and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said their two nations would set up a working group to respond to the crisis in Syria as conditions there deteriorate. They said the group will coordinate military, intelligence and political responses to the potential fallout in the case of a chemical attack, which would result in medical emergencies and a likely rise in the number of refugees fleeing Syria.
Clinton said the group was needed in order to explore the "real details" of potential new crises. She said it was now time for "very intensive operational planning."
"We have been closely coordinating over the course of this conflict, but now we need to get into the real details of such operational planning. It needs to be across both of our governments," Clinton said.
She said the U.S. State Department and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry have already been working together on the issue but that the new working group would increase the involvement of the intelligence services and militaries of both countries.
Among the contingencies that the U.S. and Turkey agree on the need to plan for is "the horrible event that chemical weapons (are) used," Clinton said.
"What would that mean in terms of response, humanitarian and medical emergency assistance and, of course, what needs to be done to secure those stocks from ever being used or falling into the wrong hands?" Clinton said.

Compiled from AFP and AP stories by the Daily News staff.


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Aryeh Rapaport

8/13/2012 3:26:17 AM

Ilkar, Im happy Turkey's playing a positive role but its clear it started off on the wrong side. Turkeys grand strategy failed in regard to dumping Israel to build relations with Arab world. Turkeys intentions were clear; 6million Jews vs 300 million Arabs. I understand that strategy only Erdogan did it at worst possible time. Due to this strategic mistake Turkey was on wrong side of history and was in no moral position to lead anyone rather change a stance last second. Im happy it did so!

ilker avni

8/12/2012 8:14:25 PM

Turkeys and America plans for Syria is to use its pipeline through Syria from the Gulf states to connect to Turkeys energy HUB,to supply Europe and bypass Russian inderpendance,Qatar and Saudi oil and gas going through Syria.Israel and Cyprus will allso want to pass they gas through Turkeys Hub.Thats why the UK prime minster is acting the go between Israel and Turkey.Turkey is holding all the aces.Hilary Clinton said Russia will pay,and this is what she ment.

ilker avni

8/12/2012 8:03:14 PM

Turkeys plans for the region was a economic union which included Iranmbut the AKP parties plans were ruined by American sanctions on Iran.Turkey had invested heavely in Libya,Tunsia,Syria and |Iraq,economicaly Syria was doing very well,the same with Libya,Gadafy was building Libya to modern standards with Turkish companies.Turkey will rebuild Syria to the Syrria it wants.Which will mean the end of Hezbollah.Thats why Israel wants to mend relations with Turkey.Turkey is the gateway to Europe.

ilker avni

8/12/2012 6:58:23 PM

@ Aryeh Rapaport The countries you have mentioned were all under Ottoman rule for five hundred years,It was Turkey who started the upriseing by supporting them and speasking out on they behalf,Turkey led while the Americans looked on,Obama was following Erdogans lead..Turkey whats a changed Middle east, free from dictators,and Iranian influeance,a peacefull Middle east.Turkey will have to send troops into Syria weither it likes it or not,to prevent pkk and sectarian fighting spreading.


8/12/2012 5:39:53 PM

It is clear what Turkish interests are here but what are the US interests? If they cared about freedoms and lives of ordinary people then why not start with Palestinians or Tibet or Checneya? For US part of a chess game with Russians, for Turkey maybe a matter of life and death. One can say we should have limited our involvement to humanitarian help, but is it not natural for Turkey to want a say in shaping the chaos in Syria next door?

Aryeh Rapaport

8/12/2012 3:13:34 PM

Agnes, People with lack of conscience support Syrias killing regime & depression of freedom, thought, speech. In 19, 20th century it was possible to block people from seeing the truth. 21st century technology introduced ME populations to whats happening around the world. As much as these regimes try they can no longer block, stop, prohibit, punish people for using internet, watch movies, tv shows and see how other people live. These revaluations are 100yrs late yet better later then never.

Aryeh Rapaport

8/12/2012 2:35:37 PM

Kamel, I assure you there is no game between Muslim brotherhood and US. They are looking to see if, how its possible to work together to better lives of both countries. US has no imperialist history or interest in "controlling" these people. Its natural for a country to look to future and see if there is a way to benefit each NOT control. US support for taking down Mubarak should be a sign of US dedication to freedom, Democracy. US didnt only encourage it in Libya, Syria but also in Egypt.

Agnes Smith

8/12/2012 2:25:03 PM

Rimon - right! Lets have a happy propaganda meeting and then go and have a muslim feast iftar. Meanwhile people dying in their beds. I find the whole thing sick and disturbing and not enough bread to go around in Syria. Oil, gas, arms and profit make these ugly smiles. They will rot in hell in the long term.One wonders if there is any conscience left in the world?

Kemal Candar

8/12/2012 12:14:22 PM

@Aryeh Rapaport . Obama's game with the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with giving people their freedom. With his strategy he wants to build up influence in the ME under his rule, not counting with the fact that the MB is only using him. You can't switch the button and change the country from dictatorship to democracy in just a second. It took centuries to accept the Greek role model for democracy. We all know what's happening in “democratic” Iraq now.

Shah Hamdan

8/12/2012 9:22:31 AM

Big smile and talking death. I wonder how cold blooded these people are. They are cause of hundred of thousands of deaths and destruction of Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and now in Syria. Still they champion human rights, peace, democracy and progress.
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