ANKARA - Turkish parliament will debate a motion extending government's mandate to stage cross-border operations for another year this week. Lawmakers will convene on Wednesday to debate the motion.
The Turkish government on Tuesday submitted to the parliament the motion for extending its authorization to stage cross-border military operations.
The motion asks the parliament to allow the government to stage cross-border operations into the north of Iraq in order to take necessary measures in line with international law and as part of fight against terrorism, and to eliminate terrorist threat and attacks.
It also demands the parliament extend the government's mandate to stage cross-border operations for another year, starting on Oct. 17, 2011.
The outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) has recently intensified its attacks on Turkish troops, police and civilians and Turkish officials vowed to reciprocate with absolute determination.
Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. More than 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the PKK during the past over two decades. (Xinhua)