|March 30 US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that he did not criticise Turkey for not passing the motion that would have opened a second front in the north of Iraq.
| Although Rumsfeld did not deny statements made last week that Ankaras not allowing the opening of the north front had resulted in a greater level of insurgency in Iraq following the March 2003 invasion he said that Turkey had made its own decision in as independent country.
There was a very fresh government in power in Turkey then, this party had not run the country before. But despite that the government showed a good willed effort to pass the bill, he said.
IN March 2003, the Turkish parliament rejected a motion tabled by the Justice and Development Party government to allow US troops to be stationed on Turkish soil in a lead up to an invasion of Northern Iraq.
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