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April 18, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO and WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Turkish government Wednesday applauded President Bush's plan to build giant camps for Kurdish refugees inside Iraq, but the decision blindsided international relief experts and American military planners here struggling to catch up with the needs of a half a million desperate people.
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November 2, 2001 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Turkey on Thursday became the first predominantly Muslim country to commit troops to the war in Afghanistan, saying it would send about 90 elite soldiers in response to a U.S. request. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said it would be "unthinkable for Turkey to stand back in the war against terrorism" and that the troops would be sent to northern Afghanistan as soon as possible.
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August 10, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite their reluctance to be drawn into a U.S.-directed military confrontation with Iraq, Turkish leaders on Thursday assured Secretary of State James A. Baker III that U.S. forces could use strategic Turkish bases if war breaks out, a Bush Administration official said. In the event of full-scale hostilities, "I am confident we can count on our allies the Turks," the official told reporters on Baker's plane after Baker met with Turkish President Turgut Ozal and other leaders.
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September 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will travel to the U.S. at the invitation of his American counterpart for talks today, his office said. Turkey, the only majority Muslim country in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has pledged to cooperate fully with Washington's war against terrorism. The Foreign Ministry said Cem and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell would discuss the "latest developments." It did not elaborate.
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February 21, 1999 | From Reuters
U.S. officials acknowledged Saturday that the United States worked for months to help Turkey arrest Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Officials confirmed the gist of reports appearing in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times saying that U.S. diplomatic pressure helped put Ocalan in flight from a haven in Syria and eventually into the arms of Turkish commandos. "We've been engaged diplomatically for months to bring him to justice," one U.S.
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November 16, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton saluted Turkey on Monday as a critical player at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, while urging it gently to continue on a path of respecting human rights and encouraging it to ease tensions with Greece.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1998 | Times Wire Services
The Turkish government and four former Soviet republics--Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Georgia--signed a declaration in favor of a U.S.-backed route for bringing oil from the Caspian Sea to Europe. The pledge sends a strong message to oil companies, who are said to prefer a cheaper and shorter route.
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September 23, 2000 | Associated Press
Turks expressed anger and disappointment Friday that a panel of U.S. lawmakers recognized the killings of about 1.5 million Armenians by Turks from 1915 to 1923 as a genocide. The House International Relations Committee's panel on human rights passed a resolution Thursday calling on President Clinton to label the deaths a genocide--the systematic annihilation of a racial, political or cultural group.
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December 25, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move partly designed to distance Turkey from the United States, Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan is expected today to end his nation's involvement in the security and humanitarian relief effort in northern Iraq, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The White House expects the announcement to be made as Erbakan, the prime minister from the Islamist Welfare Party, briefs parliament on the U.S.-orchestrated effort known as "Operation Provide Comfort."
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April 20, 1995 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Tansu Ciller of Turkey assured President Clinton on Wednesday that Turkish troops will soon end their hunt for Kurds in northern Iraq, but she offered no specific timetable, U.S. officials said. Briefing reporters after the two leaders' 45-minute White House meeting, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke said "military security" precluded any discussion of an exact time for withdrawal of the Turkish expedition.
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October 20, 2000 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing heightened tensions in the Middle East, House Republican leaders Thursday agreed to a request from President Clinton and abruptly canceled a vote on an Armenian genocide resolution bitterly opposed by Turkey, scuttling the measure for the year. The GOP had pushed for a vote on the measure to aid Rep. James E. Rogan (R-Glendale), who is facing a tough reelection campaign in a district with a large Armenian American population.
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September 28, 2000 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a clash between hometown politics and global diplomacy, Republican congressional leaders hope to pass a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians as genocide--a move designed to help Rep. James E. Rogan (R-Glendale), although it would potentially offend an important U.S. ally. The resolution would recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1923 as genocide.
NEWS
September 23, 2000 | Associated Press
Turks expressed anger and disappointment Friday that a panel of U.S. lawmakers recognized the killings of about 1.5 million Armenians by Turks from 1915 to 1923 as a genocide. The House International Relations Committee's panel on human rights passed a resolution Thursday calling on President Clinton to label the deaths a genocide--the systematic annihilation of a racial, political or cultural group.
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March 2, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. government Wednesday returned to Turkey a trove of ancient art plundered from that country's tombs and archeological digs, putting a small bite into the multibillion-dollar market for stolen antiquities. The 133 objects--some almost 3,000 years old--were seized by the U.S. Customs Service while en route to a private gallery and auction house in Encino.
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November 16, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton saluted Turkey on Monday as a critical player at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, while urging it gently to continue on a path of respecting human rights and encouraging it to ease tensions with Greece.
NEWS
February 21, 1999 | From Reuters
U.S. officials acknowledged Saturday that the United States worked for months to help Turkey arrest Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Officials confirmed the gist of reports appearing in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times saying that U.S. diplomatic pressure helped put Ocalan in flight from a haven in Syria and eventually into the arms of Turkish commandos. "We've been engaged diplomatically for months to bring him to justice," one U.S.
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March 30, 1995 | NICOLE POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly two weeks after Turkey sent 35,000 troops backed by tanks to crush rebel Kurds in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday that newly appointed Foreign Minister Erdal Inonu will travel to Western capitals to defuse mounting criticism of the operation. Inonu plans to visit Washington, where concern has replaced an initial green light of "understanding" for Turkey's move against Kurds. Turkish officials say the Kurds use bases in Iraq for attacks inside Turkey.
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January 28, 1993 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turkey will probably refuse to permit the continued use of a Turkish air base for bombing Iraq unless the world community does something to stop the bloodshed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkish President Turgut Ozal said Wednesday. Ozal, a staunch member of the U.S.-assembled Persian Gulf War coalition, said that the failure of the United Nations to stop Serbian aggression against Bosnian Muslims has caused growing anger in Turkey, where the population is overwhelmingly Muslim.
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February 16, 1999 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoping to drive a wedge between the United States and a key ally, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz instead came away empty-handed from a much-heralded meeting here Monday with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Emerging from nearly three hours of talks with the new leftist premier, Aziz said, "We discussed our legitimate concerns in a friendly manner."
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December 1, 1998 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just a few hundred miles from Iraq's northern frontier, far from the media glare and rumors of war, the United States has waded into another high-stakes standoff. The drama is playing out not in the Persian Gulf but in the Caspian Sea basin, a region some experts believe could become the world's second-largest source of energy, behind only the gulf itself.
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