Saturday, August 19, 2006

Turkey and UNIFIL--No combat troops

ZAMAN DAILY NEWSPAPER (2006082035786): "Ankara began analyzing on Friday the U.N.’s “draft” texts agreed on during its first meeting.

The Turkish General Staff and Foreign Ministry are jointly working on the documents to decide whether they meet Turkey’s demands.

Turkey is determined not to send combat troops.

As diplomatic sources abstain from confirming they have officially received the documents, Ankara’s statements over the issue suggest concerns are still persisting.

Ankara’s silence during the UN meeting could mean the drafts “failed to fulfill Turkey’s conditions.”

The provision in the drafts that foresees “the use of force against Hezbollah if obliged” does not match up with Turkey’s stance.

Ankara does not want to confront Hezbollah."

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