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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Turkey

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - TURKEY


LEAD STORIES: Most Friday papers gave top play to the
arrest of a former executive of a defense equipment
trading firm, who is alleged to have had cozy relations
with a former senior official at the Ministry of
Defense.

"Wider War Must Be Avoided" The liberal Tokyo Shimbun
editorialized (11/9): "Dark clouds hang over the Middle
East, as the confrontation between Turkey and the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) based in northern Iraq
is escalating. The US has been calling on Ankara not to
launch a cross-border attack on the group. The war on
terrorism should not be expanded further. The US, which
is looking to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible,
is concerned about instability in the
Kurdish-controlled northern part of the country in view
of the oil interests in Kirkuk. If the situation were
to develop into a major military clash between Turkey
and the PKK, the impact would be great on both Iran and
Iraq. The conflict could also sow further chaos in the
Middle East and push up oil prices."

SCHIEFFER

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