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State Department: Turkey - Public Announcement, May 13, 1999

Turkey - Public Announcement
May 13, 1999

The trial of Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, who was captured and returned to Turkey earlier this year, is set to start on May 31. The length of the trial cannot be predicted. Terrorist actions may occur during the trial period.

In mid-March, concurrent with a brief flurry of increased terrorist actions in Turkey, the PKK warned tourists against travel to Turkey. The attacks at that time were not targeted against tourists or foreigners, but caused injuries and deaths among the Turkish public. Turkish police authorities made a number of arrests and security was increased. These stepped-up measures are still in effect. Turkish authorities also took steps to enhance public safety, which have been effective and remain in place.

American citizens visiting or residing in Turkey should exercise appropriate security precautions. For further information regarding travel in Turkey consult the Consular Information Sheet for Turkey.

This Public Announcement replaces the March 15 Public Announcement for Turkey to reflect new developments regarding the Ocalan case, and expires July 15, 1999.

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