Turkey denies airspace shut to N Iraq, no steps yet

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ANKARA, Nov 1 (Reuters) Turkey, which is pressing Iraq to track down on PKK guerrillas based there, has not closed its airspace to flights to and from northern Iraq, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said today.

Turkish broadcaster NTV television reported earlier that flights to and from northern Iraq had been closed as part of economic sanctions targeting groups supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operating in northern Iraq.

Erdogan also told reporters sanctions against groups supporting the PKK had not yet been put into force.

REUTERS PJ KN1512

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