Turkey Calls Weekend Debate

World | March 13, 2003, Thursday // 00:00

The Turkish parliament is being called to sit this weekend, as international attention focuses on a possible second vote on US troop deployment. The motion was narrowly rejected on 1 March, halting US preparations for a northern front in any war against Iraq. Newly-appointed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted that he may reintroduce the motion, although on Wednesday Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis made clear there was no guarantee of this. Turkey has negotiated a huge financial compensation package from the US if the deployment goes ahead, but public opinion is not in favour.

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