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Statement by Ambassador Necati Utkan, Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry in Response to a Question Regarding Patriot Missiles January 14, 1999

QUESTION: There are some reports that Patriot missiles will be deployed in Turkey. What is the situation?

ANSWER:Our government considers it useful to take all appropriate measures required for caution to be maintained in the developments in Northern Iraq. In   that context, it is felt that "Patriot" missiles could have a useful role to play and the US has been asked whether such missiles could be brought to Turkey. The US response has been positive. The subject is being treated in the context of developments.