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Published: Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 4:50:02 PM
Updated: Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 4:51:13 PM

Turkey not working on new mandate for military action in Iraq - minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish government is not working on any new mandate to authorise a cross-border military operation into Iraq, where militants are holding 80 Turkish nationals hostage, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday.

"The issue of whether the existing mandate is sufficient (for a military operation) or a new mandate is required is among the issues being discussed. But right now there is no work being conducted for a new mandate," Bozdag told reporters in Ankara.

A parliamentary mandate allowing Turkey to conduct cross-border military operations in Iraq expires in October. It was drafted to enable Ankara to strike at bases of Kurdish PKK militants in the north of the country.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Nick Tattersall: editing by John Stonestreet)

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