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U.S. Department of State
96/09/18 Statement: Visit to Turkey by AS Pelletreau
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
September 18, 1996
Visit to Turkey by Assistant Secretary Pelletreau
Assistant Secretary Pelletreau arrived in Ankara with Secretary Perry on
Monday and remained for consultations on the situation in the Middle
East in general and the latest developments in Iraq in particular.
On Iraq, Ambassador Pelletreau thanked his Turkish interlocutors for
their excellent cooperation on our humanitarian evacuation of U.S.
government employees and their families from northern Iraq to Guam.
Ambassador Pelletreau and the ?Turks also discussed practical ways to
respond to the needs of the inhabitants of northern Iraq, including the
condition of the Turkomen community, the need for humanitarian relief
programs in the area, and the eventual implementation of UNSC Resolution
Ambassador Pelletreau took advantage of his presence in the region to
meet with KDP leader Masud Barzani and a leader of the Iraqi Turkomen
community. They discussed continuing U.S. interest in contributing to
peace and stability in the region and U.S. concerns about the
humanitarian situation of the Kurds, Turkomen, Assyrians, and others who
live in the region, as well as concerns about the safety of those
affiliated with our operations there.
The U.S. and its partners in the Operation Provide Comfort Coalition
have provided humanitarian relief and deterred repression in northern
Iraq since 1991.
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