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EU voices concern over Turkish military incursion inside Iraq

BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (KUNA) -- The European Union said late Monday that it is following with "great concern" the operation of the Turkish Army in the territory of Iraq.
"While recognizing Turkey's need to protect its population from terrorism," the EU called on Turkey to refrain from taking any disproportionate military action and to respect Iraq's territorial integrity, human rights and the rule of law.
An EU Presidency statement also called on Turkey to limit its military activities to those which are absolutely necessary for achieving its main purpose -- the protection of the Turkish population from terrorism.
Finally, the EU encouraged Turkish authorities to pursue dialogue with their international partners, particularly with the government of Iraq.
Slovenia holds the current EU Presidency.
The EU reiterated its call on the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to take appropriate measures and ensure that the Iraqi territory is not used for violent action against Iraq's neighbours. (end) nk.ema KUNA 260904 Feb 08NNNN