Prime Minister Tansu Ciller left Saturday for the United States and a meeting with President Clinton on Turkey’s military operation in northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels.
Ciller has refused to give a timetable for the withdrawal of the troops despite pressure from Western governments to do so.
More than 30,000 Turkish troops entered northern Iraq on March 20 to destroy camps used by some 2,800 Turkish Kurdish rebels who conduct crossborder attacks.
The area comprises a de facto Iraqi Kurdish state, protected by Western air power since Iraq’s Kurds rebelled against Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War.
Ciller will be in New York until Tuesday before heading to Washington to talk with Clinton on Wednesday. She will attend a festival in Houston and meet with former President George Bush before returning home April 23.