Anti-Kurdish sentiments sweep as outrage over PKK attacks unite young Turks.
“I think it is pretty difficult to say troops shouldn’t [invade] when the Turkish soldiers are being killed, and their villages attacked”
Celtic, Karlstad, Sweden
Iraq and has threatened a military incursion to strike at PKK bases unless Baghdad and Washington promise to crack down on the fighters.
The White House has offered Ankara “actionable intelligence” on the PKK.
“We have no time to lose. All instruments – diplomatic, political, socio-cultural and military – are on the table,” Babacan said.
He also said that Turkey may restrict flights to northern Iraq.
Meanwhile, Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, is to meet with George Bush, the US president, in Washington on Monday.
Turkish troops have been engaged in major operations targeting the PKK since October 21 when a group of fighters, who Ankara says came from northern Iraq, ambushed a military unit, killing 12 soldiers and capturing eight.
The army says it has since killed 80 fighters on Turkish territory.
A top PKK commander on Thursday called on Ankara to present a peace plan that could end the group’s rebellion, which has claimed more than 37,000 lives.
Turkey refuses to have any contact with or make any concessions to the PKK.