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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Turkish Pm Erdogan's Us

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - TURKISH PM ERDOGAN'S US
VISIT


LEAD STORIES: All six Thursday morning papers gave top
coverage to Japan's largest opposition party DPJ
President Ozawa's formal withdrawal of his stated
intention to step down.

1. "From Invasion to Limited Air Strike" The liberal
Tokyo Shimbun's Ankara-based correspondent wrote
(11/8): "Following Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's
agreement with President Bush on Monday on greater
sharing of US military intelligence concerning PKK
rebels, there is a growing consensus in Turkey that
rather than a 'full-scale invasion,' there will soon be
limited air and other strikes in northern Iraq. With
some 100,000 Turkish troops still deployed on the
country's border with Iraq, the tension will likely
remain for the time being.... Erdogan has been hinting
at an invasion in an attempt to obtain concessions from
the US, which is concerned about further
destabilization in Iraq. The US has decided to provide
Turkey with intelligence collected by reconnaissance
planes in order to minimize the possibility of chaos in
Iraq. The data will be useful in the limited air
strikes and mobilization of special forces that Ankara
is reportedly considering. However, given that the
Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq apparently have no
intention of seriously dealing with the PKK, a limited
Turkish military operation will only postpone a
resolution of the problem. As it is unclear whether the
Turkish people will be satisfied with this approach,
Erdogan is likely to keep a massive invasion as an
option."

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