Officials said the CI agreement would
enhance security cooperation between Ankara and Damascus. They said the
accord would focus on the Kurdish Workers Party, which operates in Iraq,
Syria and Turkey.
"This will formalize procedures that have already been taking place
between our two countries," a Turkish official said.
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Officials said the CI agreement would pave the way for the extradition
of PKK members to either Syria and Turkey, Middle East Newsline reported. They said several of the Kurdish
insurgents captured by Turkey over the last year were identified as Syrian
citizens or residents.
Another element of the accord was the establishment of a so-called
hotline between the security establishments of Damascus and Ankara. They
said one hotline has already been operating between the offices of the
military chiefs of both countries.
Officials said the unrest in Syria has hampered security along its
border with Turkey. They said this has facilitated the flow of PKK and
related insurgents from Syria to Turkey in 2011.