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Message to Turkey on troops clear: Bush

US President said he had made it "very clear" to Turkey that its troops should not unilaterally enter northern Iraq.

world Updated: Mar 24, 2003 00:21 IST

US President George W Bush said on Sunday he had made it "very clear" to Turkey that its troops should not unilaterally enter northern Iraq.

"We're making it very clear to the Turks that we expect them not to come in to northern Iraq. We're in constant touch with the Turkish military as well as Turkish politicians. They know our policy," he said.

"And they know we're working with the Kurds to make sure there's not an incident that would cause there to be an excuse to go in," he told reporters on returning to the White House after a weekend at the Camp David retreat.

First Published: Mar 24, 2003 00:21 IST