U.N. urges Turkey to respect Iraq's border

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Turkey on Friday to respect its border with Iraq and urged the Kurdish PKK to end incursions into Iraq, a U.N. spokesman said.

“While conscious of Turkey’s concerns, (U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon) reiterates his appeal for utmost restraint, and for respect of the international borders between Iraq and Turkey,” a spokesman for Ban said in a statement.

Ban also called “for an immediate end to continued incursions by PKK elements carrying out terrorist attacks in Turkey from Northern Iraq,” the statement said.

The secretary-general also appealed “to the governments of Iraq and Turkey to work together to promote peace and stability along the border.”

Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq in their hunt for PKK guerrillas, the Turkish military said. Turkish TV said 3,000 to 10,000 soldiers had entered Iraq, but Iraq’s foreign minister and a senior military official with coalition forces based in Baghdad said only a few hundred troops were involved.

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau, editing by Patricia Zengerle