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http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/240691.asp NATO to support Turkey over Iraq: Robertson Turkey has an important role to play in the region and beyond, the NATO Secretary General said. October 24- NATO would extend assistance to Turkey should it deploy troops in Iraq as part of an international peace keeping force, NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson said late on Thursday. Robertson, in Turkey as part of his round of farewell visits to NATO member states before he stands down at the end of the year, said that NATO ally Turkey had a key role to play in the region, and that his successor, Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, would continue to devote himself to Turkey's defence The NATO Secretary General described Turkey as an ally that continued to play an extremely important role in defence, and was on the front line in the fight against terrorism and instability and in coping with the problems of the 21st century. Speaking at a press conference with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül, Robertson called on Turkey to provide greater support to NATO efforts to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan, where the International Stability and Assistance Force is now under NATO' s direct command. Later on Thursday, Robertson met with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Defence Minister Vecdi Gönül and Chief of the General Staff Hilmi Özkok. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk