Risk of Turkish incursion into Iraq diminished-FM

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BRUSSELS, Nov 20 (Reuters) The risk of a major Turkish incursion into northern Iraq to strike at Kurdish PKK guerrillas has diminished because of better cooperation between Baghdad and Ankara, Iraq's foreign minister said today.

''The danger is still there to be honest ... but I think the chances of a major invasion are less now,'' Hoshiyar Zebari told reporters on arriving for a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Brussels.

He said the threat had declined because of improved cooperation between Turkey and Iraq on securing the border.

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