U.S. Considers P.K.K. As A Terrorist Organization, Rice

ANKARA - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that the United States considers PKK as a terrorist organization and a common enemy.

"We have agreed with Turkish FM Ali Babacan that effective measures must be taken so that Turkey is not faced with terror attacks in the future," told Rice a press conference in Ankara.

In a joint press conference after her tete-a-tete meeting with Ali Babacan, Rice indicated that they discussed the problem in north of Iraq and terrorist organization PKK.

"PKK is a threat to Iraq's stability; and security of both Turkey and the United States," underlined Rice.

"Turkey is an important friend of the U.S.. We are thankful to Turkey for organizing an international conference on Iraq in Istanbul," she noted .

"We discussed various issues, including Lebanon, Iran and the Middle East peace process during our meeting. Babacan updated me on his recent tour of the Middle East," underscored Rice.

In her speech, Rice offered her condolences to the family of former deputy prime minister Erdal Inonu who passed away in a hospital in the U.S. on Wednesday. "Inonu was a highly important friend of the U.S.," said Rice.

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