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Ecevit: Turkey and the US Considering Extending Ankara's Leadership of ISAF - 2002-08-28


Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit says Turkey and the United States are considering extending Ankara's leadership of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

Mr. Ecevit said a senior Turkish diplomat (Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal) is in Washington to discuss, among other issues, extending the peacekeeping mandate for another six months.

Turkey took over command of the International Security Assistance Force from Britain on June 20th. Its current mandate expires in December.

The peacekeeping force was set up to guard the Afghan capital, Kabul, and maintain security after the Taleban were ousted.

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