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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-02-16

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From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.gov.tr/>

AA Daily

16 February 1999 Tuesday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] EMERGENCY MEETING AT THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY - GREEK REPRESENTATIONS IN MANY COUNTRIES PUT ON ALERT
  • [03] ECEVIT-AZIZ MEETING - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE HAVE NOT SOUGHT TO BE A MEDIATOR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND IRAQ'' - ''IRAQ'S ATTITUDE OF NOT APPROVING THE USE OF INCIRLIK BASE CONTINUES''
  • [04] SUPPORTERS OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION ATTACK ON GREEK EMBASSIES IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES - TERRORISTS SET ON FIRE GREEK EMBASSY IN COPENHAGEN AND OCCUPIED GREEK EMBASSY IN BONN
  • [05] 14 MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [06] GREEK EMBASSY IN THE HAGUE OCCUPIED BY TERRORISTS
  • [07] BUYUKDAVRAS, TURKISH AMBASSADOR VISITS KENYAN FOREIGN MINISTRY TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT OCALAN
  • [08] PREMIER ECEVIT: ''I HAVE INFORMED PRESIDENT DEMIREL ABOUT MY MEETING WITH TAREQ AZIZ''
  • [09] TURKISH INTERPOL APPLIES TO KENYA REQUESTING HER TO CAPTURE OCALAN, CHIEF TERRORIST
  • [10] SUPPORTERS OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK ATTACK ON GREEK REPRESENTATIONS IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
  • [11] EMERGENCY IN BRUSSELS - POLICE AND GENDARME PUT ON ALERT - TIGHT SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN AROUND EMBASSY BUILDINGS AND EU HEADQUARTERS
  • [12] KENYAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''OUR GOVERNMENT WILL ISSUE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE NEWS SAYING CHIEF TERRORIST IS IN KENYA''
  • [13] AZERBAIJANI FM ZULFIKAROV IN ISTANBUL - ZULFIKAROV: ''AS A RESULT OF THE FIRM AND MUTUAL COOPERATION, THE NUMBER OF THE INSTALLATIONS SET UP BY THE TURKISH INVESTORS IN AZERBAIJAN EXCEEDS THE INVESTMENTS OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES''
  • [14] DEMONSTRATIONS OF SEPARATISTS IN COPENHAGEN - A TOTAL OF 48 TERRORISTS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY - A WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BURNS
  • [15] OCALAN IN TURKEY - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: - ''OCALAN HAS BEEN IN TURKEY SINCE 03:00 A.M.''
  • [16] KATRANIS, GREEK EMBASSY UNDERSECRETARY IN BONN : ''PKK SUPPORTERS OCCUPPIED SOME GREEK REPRESENTATIONS IN EUROPE''
  • [17] GREEK EMBASSY IN KENYA CLOSED - SEPARATISTS SET ON FIRE KENYAN EMBASSY IN VIENNA
  • [18] SACHS BELDESAN INCORP. WHICH IS SET UP BY THE CORPORATION OF KOC AND MANNESMANN STARTS TO OPERATE
  • [19] PANGALOS, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER: ''IF THE OCCUPATION OF GREEK REPRESENTATIONS DOES NOT END TILL 12.00 TODAY, OPERATIONS WILL BE LAUNCHED''
  • [20] OCALAN, CHIEF OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK, BROUGHT TO TURKEY - TIGHT SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN IN PRIME MINISTRY, THE DSP HEADQUARTERS, RUSSIAN AND GREEK EMBASSIES
  • [21] OCALAN, TERRORIST CHIEF IN TURKEY - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''I DON'T CONSIDER APPROPRIATE TO EXPLAIN ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE CAPTURE OF OCALAN AT THE MOMENT''
  • [22] AZERBAIJANI FM ZULFIKAROV IN ANKARA
  • [23] OCALAN, CHIEF OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK, IN TURKEY - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: - ''I AM ADDRESSING THOSE WHO WERE DECEIVED BY SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION: YOU HAVE COME TO THE END OF A BLIND ROAD'' - ''WE HAVE LAUNCHED THE OPERATION SECRETLY. ONLY 10 OFFICIALS HAD INFORMATION''
  • [24] OCALAN, CHIEF TERRORIST IN TURKEY - SPECIAL PLANE THAT BROUGHT OCALAN TO TURKEY SUPPLIED FUEL AT ATATURK AIRPORT
  • [25] CRISIS DESK ESTABLISHED IN GREECE - NEARLY 80 SEPARATIST TERRORIST TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
  • [26] OCCUPATION OF SEPARATISTS IN DUSSELDORF - A TOTAL OF 45 PEOPLE TAKEN UNDER CUSTODY, A POLICEMAN WOUNDED
  • [27] GERMANY, GREECE AND THE CNN ANNOUNCE BRINGING OF OCALAN TO TURKEY AS NEWS FLASH
  • [28] TURKEY MEETING OF COE
  • [29] CONTACTS OF THE WORLD BANK VICE PRESIDENT IN TURKEY - ULUGBAY, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: - ''THE LOAN TO BE GIVEN TO EXIMBANK BY THE WORLD BANK HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MEET TURKEY'S REQUIREMENT''
  • [30] PRESS CONFERENCE OF TAREQ AZIZ
  • [31] SINAGRA, TURKEY'S LAWYER IN ITALY: ''APPLICATION FOR EXTRADITION OF OCALAN TO TURKEY WAS WITHDRAWN''
  • [32] TURKISH-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION MEETING TO TAKE PLACE IN ISTANBUL
  • [33] CHIEF TERRORIST BROUGHT TO TURKEY - BILICAN, CHIEF OF SECURITY: ''WE ARE CLOSE TO THE RESULT DESIRED BY THE TURKISH NATION''
  • [34] PRESS CONFERENCE OF TAREQ AZIZ - ''FIRST VICTIM OF EMBARGO IS IRAQ AND THE SECOND ONE IS TURKEY''
  • [35] LAWSUITS AGAINST OCALAN, CHIEF OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
  • [36] BLOODY ACTIVITIES OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - ARMED ATTACKS START IN 1984 IN ERUH AND SEMDINLI - MORE THAN 30 THOUSAND PEOPLE INCLUDING 501 CHILDREN AND 512 WOMEN KILLED IN 17,179 ATTACKS STAGED IN LAST 15 YEARS - 3, 489 SECURITY FORCES, 180 POLICEMEN AND 1,144 VILLAGE GUARDS KILLED
  • [37] INTENSE TRAFFIC IN FOREIGN MINISTRY - AMBASSADORS OF 21 COUNTRIES SUMMONED TO FOREIGN MINISTRY AND CONVEYED RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING CAPTURE OF TERRORIST CHIEF

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Feb 16, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL) PARSADAN: ''I WAS THEIR REAL TARGET''
    Selcuk Parsadan, who had been accused of involving in the secret fund scandal, said in his testimony to the prosecutor, ''I was their real target. They killed Mustafa, but I survived. They were a group composed of eight people. They were respectful to me. They did not show me their aim.''

    IMPUDENT THREAT FROM IRAQ: ''WE CAN LAUNCH AN ATTACK''
    When Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, emphasized Iraq's uneasiness about the U.S. aircrafts using Incirlik Base in southern Adana province of Turkey, Baghdad made an impudent threat towards Turkey. Taha Yassin Ramazan, deputy of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq leader said, ''if the U.S. and the British aircrafts in Incirlik base continue their reconnaisance flights in Northern Iraq, we will launch an attack towards Incirlik.''

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    HORROR IN AFYON PRISON
    Mustafa Duyar, who was accused of murdering Ozdemir Sabancı, a famous businessman, was killed on Monday by a group of prisoners known as the members of Karagumruk gang in Afyon prison, which is one of the well protected prisons of Turkey. Selcuk Parsadan, who was involved in secret fund scandal was also seriously wounded. The gang members released finally the three guardians they kept as hostage and said that they were ordered to kill Duyar.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    GREEK GOVERNMENT:''WE EXPELLED HIM AND
    HE TOOK SHELTER IN KENYA''
    Reppas, the Greek government spokesman said that the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK went to the Greek Embassy in Kenya and talked with Greek officials for seven hours in order to take shelter. Noting that Ocalan, who left the embassy later, surrendered to Kenyan officials, Reppas said that ''we could not get any news from him since then.'' Some sources point out that Ocalan is together with Turkish officials, however Turkey did not confirm the news.

    DUYAR IS QUIET NOW
    Mustafa Duyar, who was the only person who knew the secrets of Ozdemir Sabancı's murder was killed in Afyon prison on Monday morning.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    OCALAN EXPECTS UNDERSTANDING FROM RUSSIA
    Separatist terrorist organization PKK has caused trouble to Athens which refused to grant Abdullah Ocalan, chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, political asylum. Supporters of the terrorist organization who held demontrations and began hunger strike in front of the Greek parliament, clashed with police. Meanwhile Ocalan demanded political asylum from Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    ATHENS CONDEMNS PKK FOR THE FIRST TIME
    Greek government stated that it will not grant Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, with political asylum. The Greek government condemned the separatist terrorist organization for the first time and accused it of being irresponsible. Dimitri Reppas, the spokesman of the Greek government, said that sheltering Ocalan in Greece will not be an appropriate solution, noting that they do not want to add a new question to the problems between Turkey and Greece.

    DEAD BODY OF MISSING MOUNTAINEER FOUND
    Dead body of Mutlu Acar (20) who was buried under avalanche in the Baskarci Mountain in the Western Denizli Province eight days ago, found as a result of efforts of his family and residents of region. Rescue works to search for him, were called off due to heavy snowfall last Friday.

    CAPTAGON PILLS WORTH OF 2.5 TRILLION TL SEIZED
    Customs officials seized 500 thousand Captagon pills worth of 2.5 trillion TL. in an automobile at the Kapıkule Border Gate. Customs control officials found the drugs in an automobile entering Turkey from Bulgaria. The three Turkish citizens in the automobile were taken under custody.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    FAMOUS POP-SINGER AHMET KAYA RELEASED
    Ahmet Kaya, a famous pop singer who was charged on ''aiding and abetting the terrorist organization'' for his speech in the concert in Germany, was arrested. Kaya later was released after the higher court decided his being tried without detainment on the appeal application of Kaya's lawyers.

    TOFAS, AN AUTOMOBILE COMPANY, TO PRODUCE PALIO CARS IN EGYPT
    TOFAS, a Turkish automobile factory, will start the production of Palio model cars in Egypt and Russia by fall 1999. TOFAS company aim at exporting one milion cars to these countries.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    KORKMAZ YIGIT RELEASED
    Three persons including Korkmaz Yigit, a famous businessman who were accused of cheating in the Turkbank tender, were released to be tried without detainment.

    AZIZ, IRAQI DEPUTY PM, WARNED: ''DO NOT INTERFERE WITH
    OUR RELATIONS''
    Tariq Aziz, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister who held contacts with Premier Bulent Ecevit, said, ''if no other country interferes with our relations, there will be a wider cooperation between the two countries.''

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    WHY IS MUSTAFA DUYAR KILLED?
    Mustafa Duyar, accused of murdering Ozdemir Sabanci, a famous Turkish businessman, was killed by the members of an illegal gang called Karagumruk Gang in Afyon Prison on Monday. The members of the gang threatened the prison guards with their guns and firstly killed Duyar and then head for the ward where Selcuk Parsadan, who had been accused of involving the secret fund scandal, was staying and fired him. Parsadan was wounded and taken to Ankara for his treatment. Officials now investigate who give the command for the killing of Duyar and how the prisoners got a gun in the prison.

    [02] EMERGENCY MEETING AT THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY - GREEK REPRESENTATIONS IN MANY COUNTRIES PUT ON ALERT

    ATHENS, Feb 16 (A.A) - Attacks of the supporters of separatist terrorist organization PKK, on Greek diplomatic representations in several European countries, created panic and excitement in Greece, it was reported on Tuesday.

    An emergency meeting is being held at the Greek Foreign Ministry under the chairmanship of Theodoros Pangalos, the Greek Foreign Minister.

    The meeting is reported to focus on the measures which will be taken against attacks of the separatist terrorist organization.

    The Greek representations in many countries have been put on alert against possible attacks.

    Meanwhile Greek television channels noted that the supporters of separatist terrorist organization PKK, are expected to hold a demonstration in front of the Greek parliament later today.

    A terrorist burned himself and supporters of the organization clashed with the Greek police during the demonstrations held in Athens yesterday.

    [03] ECEVIT-AZIZ MEETING - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE HAVE NOT SOUGHT TO BE A MEDIATOR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND IRAQ'' - ''IRAQ'S ATTITUDE OF NOT APPROVING THE USE OF INCIRLIK BASE CONTINUES''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Monday that Turkey is not seeking to be a mediator between the U.S. and Iraq.

    Responding to questions of journalists after meeting with Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit stated that ''we will convey the impressions we had from our meeting with Aziz to our American friends.''

    Responding to a question asking whether or not Aziz suggested Turkey not to allow the use of Incirlik base, Ecevit said ''their negative attitude concerning the use of Incirlik base continues. Aziz says that the no-fly zone does not depend on any U.N. Security Council Resolution or any legal reason. Aziz reiterated Iraqi concern about Incirlik base expressing his wish for prevention of launching of any operation from the base.''

    When asked whether or not Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader sent messages to Turkey, Ecevit said ''there is no need for any message, because Aziz is one of the high ranking officials of the Iraqi administration. Aziz has very close relations with Saddam Hussein, thus the things he say can be considered as the message of Saddam Hussein.''

    Responding to a question about the claims and concern saying that the visit of Tareq Aziz can spoil the relations between Turkey and the U.S., Ecevit said ''I believe this concern is exaggerated. We can't say 'no' to a statesman of a neighbour country when he wishes to visit Turkey. No body can expect this from us. I believe that our statements will show to certain circles in the U.S. that their concern is unfounded.''

    Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister said in his part regarding the concept of neighbourhood relations that ''this is a plan we have put forward during our visit to Baghdad last year. Firstly Iraq has to abide fully by the U.N. Resolutions and the plan depends on establishment of a platform between Iraq and her neighbours. We have underlined the fact that such a mechanism won't target any regional country. The platform foresees the regional countries to launch efforts for the abolishment of the embarge imposed on Iraq. Nearly all the Arab countries including Jordan, Iran and Syria were positive about our neighbourhood initiative. However Iraq did not welcome the initiative and rather focused on bilateral relations.''

    Responding to a question asking whether or not improvement of economic relations between Iraq and Turkey means violation of the embargo imposed on Iraq, Ecevit said ''this is not true, we can't violate the U.N. Resolutions about the embargo even if we don't approve them. However there is a concensus of opinion regarding the establishment of more effective and broader economic relations between the two countries within the framework of the embargo. It will be useful if we have a closer dialogue. Turkey is the country which has negatively effected from the emborgo very much. I think that our economic and commercial relations can be revived in a certain degree.''

    ''The thing that matters for us is the prevention of Iraq's division and abolishment of the embargo together with the measures foreseeing the supervision of armament. Turkey wishes the prevention of the use of Northern Iraq by the separatist terrorist organization against Turkey and hopes the steps taken to fill the lack of authority in Northern Iraq won't lead to establishment of a federation,'' said Prime Minister Ecevit.

    ''Aziz told me that the problems of Iraq and our region can be solved only through dialogue, adding the leading Kurdish organizations in Northern Iraq are in dialogue with the Iraqi administration. However I don't know whether or not this statement is valid,'' Ecevit added.

    Foreign Minister Cem said that the Iraqi side showed a very realistic approach in these meetings, pointing out that ''it was a useful dialogue, because we had the opportunity to explain our attitude and the Iraqi side had the opportunity to understand us better.''

    Ecevit added that Aziz told him that Iraq is ready for a democratic opening. ''He even told me that Barzani and Talabani forces can establish their own parties, I think this can be considered as a new message,'' Ecevit added.

    Responding to another question, Ecevit said there is not a connection between the agreement reached between Talabani and Barzani in Washington D.C.; the U.S. and Turkey and Iraq. Ecevit stressed that Turkey expressed concern about the formations in Northern Iraq and the U.S. issued statements to ease Turkey.

    [04] SUPPORTERS OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION ATTACK ON GREEK EMBASSIES IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES - TERRORISTS SET ON FIRE GREEK EMBASSY IN COPENHAGEN AND OCCUPIED GREEK EMBASSY IN BONN

    ATHENS-BONN, Feb 16 (A.A) - Supporters of separatist terrorist organization PKK began to attack on the Greek embassies in several European countries on Tuesday, after the Greek government stated that it provided an accommodation for Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of PKK, in Kenya.

    A group of 40 armed terrorists raided the Greek Embassy building in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, early on Tuesday morning.

    Terrorists who set on fire the embassy building, were later taken into custody by the Danish security forces.

    An unitentified woman who is also a supporter of the separatist terrorist organization, was injured at the incident.

    The Danish security forces also seized a number of weapons, explosives and fire-bombs belonged to the terrorists.

    Meanwhile terrorists attacked on the Greek Embassy in the Netherlands. They asked the embassy staff who handed over Ocalan to the Kenyan authorities.

    Nearly 100 supporters of the separatist terrorist organization PKK carrying many explosives, occupied the Greek Embassy in Bonn, the capital of Germany.

    German police have tightened the security measures around the embassy building.

    A number of firemen were also deployed in front of the embassy building.

    Police said that there are many terrorists outside the embassy building.

    [05] 14 MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS TO VISIT TURKEY

    BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (A.A) - Fourteen members of the U.S. Congress who joined the meeting of the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels will visit Turkey and hold contacts for three days, it is reported on Tuesday.

    The members of the U.S Congress will firstly visit Greece for an half day and then will go to Cyprus and meet with the representatives of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots. Following their contacts in the Island, the U.S. Congress members are expected to arrive in Ankara on February 19, 1999.

    Premier Bulent Ecevit, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and the delegation of the Turkish Parliament for the North Atlantic Assembly are expected to meet the members of the U.S. congress.

    [06] GREEK EMBASSY IN THE HAGUE OCCUPIED BY TERRORISTS

    AMSTERDAM (A.A) - Nearly 50 supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, occupied the Greek Embassy the Hague early on Tuesday morning.

    Separatist terrorists are holding two women and a child hostage in the embassy building.

    Police said that one of the hostages is a Philipino working at the embassy. The other hostages are a Greek woman and her child.

    The Greek Ambassador to the Netherlands was not at the embassy when the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization barricaded themselves inside the building. But it is not clear yet whether or not the Greek hostage is the wife of the ambassador.

    Stressing that talks with the demonstrators continue, officials pointed out that if negotiations fail, they will force their way into the embassy building and evacuate it.

    Tight security measuers have been taken around the embassy building.

    Meanwhile several terrorists are waving the symbols of the separatist terrorist organization and pictures of Ocalan at the roof of the embassy building.

    [07] BUYUKDAVRAS, TURKISH AMBASSADOR VISITS KENYAN FOREIGN MINISTRY TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT OCALAN

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Mengu Buyukdavras, the Turkish Ambassador to Kenya visited on Tuesday Kenyan Foreign Ministry in order to get information about the news saying that the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK is in Kenya.

    Officials at the Turkish Embassy told A.A that they still could not confirm the news saying that the chief terrorist is in Kenya and the Turkish Ambassador wishes to get information from the Kenyan Foreign Ministry officials about the issue.

    Noting that they have heard the news about Ocalan, the terrorist chief due to the information given by the Turkish Embassy in Athens to them, the officials pointed out that newspapers also published news today saying that the chief terrorist is in Kenya.

    Dimitri Reppas, the Greek government spokesman was the first person who said last night that the chief terrorist was in Kenya.

    Meanwhile ANSA, the Italian official news agency said that the chief terrorist stayed in Greek embassy in Nairobi for a period of time and was later handed over to Kenyan officials.

    [08] PREMIER ECEVIT: ''I HAVE INFORMED PRESIDENT DEMIREL ABOUT MY MEETING WITH TAREQ AZIZ''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Monday that he informed President Demirel about his meeting with Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, who held contacts in Ankara.

    After meeting with President Demirel, Ecevit told journalists that they have also evaluated some daily issues with President Demirel.

    Responding to a question asking the situation about the ''operation'' in Northern Iraq, Ecevit said ''there isn't any operation.''

    ''If a threat is directed against the aircrafts departing from Incirlik base, a response is given to that, because electronic devices can determine when such a threat is directed to the planes. Apart from that, there is nothing to describe as an operation as far as I know,'' said Premier Ecevit.

    When a journalists said, ''President Demirel was expected to meet with Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister,'' Ecevit responded that ''no, there was not a planned meeting. President Suleyman Demirel and I thought that my meeting with Aziz would be enough, in fact we've determined the things we would talk to Aziz with President Demirel.''

    [09] TURKISH INTERPOL APPLIES TO KENYA REQUESTING HER TO CAPTURE OCALAN, CHIEF TERRORIST

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Interpol Department of the Director General of Security applied to Kenya requesting her to arrest Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, it is reported on Tuesday.

    Security officials told A.A that a message was sent to Kenya upon the news saying that the chief terrorist is in Kenya. The message stressed that Abdullah Ocalan is a ferocious terrorist who is wanted by ''red bulletin'', requesting his arrest for extradition.

    The message was also sent to Interpol of Tanzania and Uganda, but no response came from these three countries up to now.

    [10] SUPPORTERS OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK ATTACK ON GREEK REPRESENTATIONS IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

    MARSEILLE/VIENNA, Feb 16 (A.A) - A group of 30 supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, occupied the Greek Consulate in Marseille, France, on Tuesday morning.

    The French police stated that the incident occured simultaneously with the demonstrations in London, the Hague, Copenhagen, Brussels and Bonn.

    Terrorists clashed with the French security forces.

    Two supporters of Ocalan were slighly injured at the incident.

    The Greek Embassy and residence in Vienna, the capital of Austria, was also occupied by the separatist terrorists this morning.

    The Greek Ambassador, his wife and several embassy staff were in the building when the supporters of Ocalan have barricaded themselves inside.

    Meanwhile nearly 40 supporters of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, forced their way into the Greek Embassy in Moscow, the capital of Russia.

    The Russian Interior Ministry confirmed that terrorists occupied the embassy building.

    Terrorists are chanting slogans against Turkey and the NATO.

    It is not known yet whether terrorists have weapons or not.

    Meanwhile supporters of Ocalan who occupied the Greek Embassy in Brussels, threatened police to set the embassy building on fire. Several terrorists poured out oil on their clothes and said that they are ready to burn themselves if the police tries to take out them by using force.

    Nearly 200 supporters of Ocalan gathered outside Greek Embassy in London to join the others who occupied the building.

    Police succeeded in taking demonstrators under control outside the embassy building.

    One terrorist was taken into custody at the incident.

    Responding to questions of journalists over the issue, Glafcos Xenos, spokesman of the Greek Cypriot side administration, said that police have taken tight security measures around the Greek Embassy in the Greek Cypriot side.

    Attacks on the Greek representations in several European countries started after the Greek government stated that it handed over Ocalan to Kenyan authorities.

    Supporters of Ocalan made a statement in Brussels and said, ''Ocalan was forced to surrender to the Kenyan authorities. We have no information on whereabouts of Ocalan. It is a dangerous situation.''

    Supporters also stressed that they are holding demonstrations to protest Greece's attitude towards Ocalan.

    [11] EMERGENCY IN BRUSSELS - POLICE AND GENDARME PUT ON ALERT - TIGHT SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN AROUND EMBASSY BUILDINGS AND EU HEADQUARTERS

    BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (A.A) - Security forces in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, have been put on alert on Tuesday as the supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, occupied the Greek Embassy in Brussels.

    Tight security measures have been taken around several embassy buildings including Turkish, Kenyan and Italian embassies, and the European Union (EU) Headquarters.

    Supporters of the separatist terrorist organization PKK made a statement and stressed that they occupied the Greek Embassy not only to protest the attitude of Greece towards Ocalan, but also the EU's.

    Security forces said number of supporters gathering around the Greek embassy, increases.

    Meanwhile security measures have been tighten in the districts such as Schaerbeek and Saint Josse where the Turkish people are densely populated.

    [12] KENYAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''OUR GOVERNMENT WILL ISSUE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE NEWS SAYING CHIEF TERRORIST IS IN KENYA''

    ANKARA/NAIROBI, Feb 16 (A.A) - The Kenyan Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that an official statement will be issued within one hour concerning the news claiming that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK is in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and about his arrest.

    Responding to a question of A.A correspondent asking whether or not the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK was arrested, Kenyan Foreign Ministry's Director of Political Affairs said he can't say anything at the moment.

    The Foreign Ministry official said that the Kenyan government will issue a statement about the issue within one hour while refraining from making any comment about the occupation of Kenyan Embassies in Germany and Austria.

    [13] AZERBAIJANI FM ZULFIKAROV IN ISTANBUL - ZULFIKAROV: ''AS A RESULT OF THE FIRM AND MUTUAL COOPERATION, THE NUMBER OF THE INSTALLATIONS SET UP BY THE TURKISH INVESTORS IN AZERBAIJAN EXCEEDS THE INVESTMENTS OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES''

    ISTANBUL, Feb 16 (A.A) - Tevfik Zulfikarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said on Tuesday that as a result of the firm and mutual cooperation of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the number of the installations set up by the Turkish investors in Azerbaijan exceeds the investments of the other countries.

    Addressing a speech in a dinner given for his honor by the Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK) and Turkish-Azerbaijani Working Council in Istanbul, Zulfikarov said, ''Turkey made investments worth of 557 million U.S. dollars in Azerbaijan, including the oil sector. Turkey follows the U.S. which is on the top of the countries which invest in our country with an amount of more than one billion U.S. dollars,'' adding that there are 1, 271 companies which operate by the Turkish capital.

    Stressing that the Turkish investors are interested not only in oil sector but also in many other sectors, Zulfikarov added, ''this is the superiority of Turkey. As a result of the firm and mutual cooperation between the two countries, the number of the installations which Turkish investors set up in Azerbaijan exceeds that of the other countries.''

    Zulfikarov called Turkish businessmen to carry out investigations in Azerbaijan to modernize the historical Silk Road, to improve the exports in the sectors like oil, energy, products of oil, meteorology, chemicals and petrochemicals.

    Ali Yucel, the Head of the Turkish-Azerbaijani Working Council, emphasized that the relations between the two countries improve day by day and that the foreign trade between Turkey and Azerbaijan increased three times between the years 1993 and 1998.

    Yucel requested that Azerbaijan should lift the visa application for the Turkish investors.

    [14] DEMONSTRATIONS OF SEPARATISTS IN COPENHAGEN - A TOTAL OF 48 TERRORISTS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY - A WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BURNS

    COPENHAGEN, Feb 16 (A.A) - A total of 48 supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, who occupied the Greek Embassy in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, were taken into custody by the Danish security forces on Tuesday. A woman terrorists who burned herself was seriosly injured. She was later taken to hospital with serious burns.

    Responding to questions of the journalists early this morning, Dimitri Reppas, the spokesman of the Greek government, stressed that Ocalan has surrendered to Kenyan authorities after he bargained with them overnight.

    The Kenyan government has not confirmed such allegations yet.

    Meanwhile the Greek Consulate in Strasbourg, France, and Zurich, Switzerland, were also occupied.

    Supporters of Ocalan carrying cans full of oil, threaten to burn themselves. They demand release of Ocalan.

    [15] OCALAN IN TURKEY - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: - ''OCALAN HAS BEEN IN TURKEY SINCE 03:00 A.M.''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Tuesday that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, has been in Turkey since 03:00 a.m.

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit came together on Tuesday with General Rasim Betir, the Commander of Gendarme Forces, General Yasar Buyukanit, the Advisor of the Prime Ministry for Military Issues, Senkal Atasagun, the Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

    Addressing a press conference following the meeting, Ecevit said ''the head of the separatist terrorist organization is in Turkey as of 03.00 a.m. this morning. We have told you that our state would capture him. This state promise was kept. The promise given to the mothers of the martyrs was kept. Abdullah Ocalan who was isolated from the whole World, found himself in the lap of Turkey. He will account for what he did and what he incited to Turkish justice any more. Everybody should understand that nobody should reach any place using separatist terrorism, and nobody could cope with our state.''

    [16] KATRANIS, GREEK EMBASSY UNDERSECRETARY IN BONN : ''PKK SUPPORTERS OCCUPPIED SOME GREEK REPRESENTATIONS IN EUROPE''

    BONN/VIENNA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Alexander Katranis, the Undersecretary of the Greek Embassy in Bonn told A.A on Monday that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist has taken shelter in Greek Embassy in Kenya for 12 days and the supporters of the terrorist organization occupied some Greek representations in Europe.

    Katnanis told A.A correspondent that Ocalan left Kenyan Embassy upon his own will, adding the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization PKK occupied the Greek embassy in Bonn, and Greek representations in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover and Stuttgart, Katranis stressed that the PKK supporters occupied the Greek embassies in London, the Hague and Vienna.

    Pointing out that the wife and child of the Greek Ambassador to the Hague were taken hostage by PKK supporters, Katranis said that the Greek Ambassador in Austria and his wife are kept hostage.

    [17] GREEK EMBASSY IN KENYA CLOSED - SEPARATISTS SET ON FIRE KENYAN EMBASSY IN VIENNA

    NAIROBI, Feb 16 (A.A) - The Greek Embassy in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was closed on Tuesday.

    The Greek Government gave no reason for the closure of embassy in Nairobi.

    Meanwhile supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of separatist terrorist organziation PKK, have chained themselves to iron banisters outside the Greek Embassy in Berlin.

    Several separatist terrorist poured oil on their clothes and said that they are ready to burn themselves if the police tries to take out them by using force.

    Meanwhile separatists also set on fire the Kenyan Embassy in Vienna, the capital of Austria.

    Terrorists also occupied the Kenyan Embassy in Bonn, the capital of Germany and held two Kenyan officials hostage.

    [18] SACHS BELDESAN INCORP. WHICH IS SET UP BY THE CORPORATION OF KOC AND MANNESMANN STARTS TO OPERATE

    ISTANBUL, Feb 16 (A.A) - The Sachs Beldesan Incorporation, a new company set up by the cooperation of Beldesan, a Turkish damper production company bound to Koc Holding, and Mannesmann Sachs AG, one of the biggest automotive companies of the world bound to German Mannesmann Group, started to operate on Tuesday.

    An official from Koc Holding and Sachs Beldesan Incorp. said that the Koc Holding have one more cooperation with the giant companies in the world in a meeting held for the introduction of this new company in Istanbul.

    The official noted that the Beldesan Company and Mannesmann Sachs Company joined their strength to increase their copetetiveness in the world market due to the globalization and that they set up a company on the principle of fifty percent partnership.

    The official added that Sachs Beldesan Company will benefit from the strength of Koc Holding and Beldesan in the Turkish market and from the strength of Mannesmann Sachs in technology and foreign markets.

    The official also said that their exports of spare parts to Europe will increase by their corporation with Sachs.

    Harald Klotzbach, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Mannesmann Sachs AG, said that Beldesan and Sachs gather together to set up a new and strong group for the Turkish automotive market.

    Stating that they wanted to cooperate with Beldesan for a long time, Klotzbach said, ''we produce dampers in 11 countries. We pursue the increasing investments of our clients such as Ford, Fiat, Renault and Daimler Chrysler for a long time. We have been working in many markets to have cooperation with these companies for a long time and we are very happy to work as a productive partner in Turkey.''

    Emphasizing that they are happy about that their damper production will reach from 1.8 million to 3 million, Klotzbach said that they will learn many new things from each other.

    [19] PANGALOS, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER: ''IF THE OCCUPATION OF GREEK REPRESENTATIONS DOES NOT END TILL 12.00 TODAY, OPERATIONS WILL BE LAUNCHED''

    ATHENS, Feb 16 (A.A) - Greece warned on Tuesday the separatist terrorist organization PKK which occupied the Greek diplomatic representations in European countries.

    Theodoros Pangalos, the Greek Foreign Minister told a press briefing that if the occupation of the Greek foreign representations by separatists does not end till 12.00 the same day, operations will be launched.

    Noting that he strongly condemns the occupation by the separatist terrorist organization, Pangalos said ''I would like to clearly stress that these operations carried out by PKK leaders against Greek targets should stop immediately. If this is not the case, a broad operation in and out of Greece will be launched.''

    Describing the taking hostage of the Greek Ambassador to Austria and his eight year old Greek child as ''savagery,'' Pangalos said the response of Greece to these people will be tough.

    Pangalos said that permission was granted for Ocalan to land in an airport in west part of Greece after the Netherlands refused to take him.

    Noting that Greece told Ocalan, the chief terrorist that his stay in Greece was not desired, Pangalos said ''later meetings took place with three African countries to make them accept Ocalan. Meanwhile Ocalan stayed in the place given to him in Kenya for 12 days. Later he was lost.''

    [20] OCALAN, CHIEF OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK, BROUGHT TO TURKEY - TIGHT SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN IN PRIME MINISTRY, THE DSP HEADQUARTERS, RUSSIAN AND GREEK EMBASSIES

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - The Ankara Directorate General of Security have taken tight security measures on Tuesday around the Prime Ministry building Prime Ministry residence, the Democratic Left Party Headquarters, the U.S., Greek, Russia, Israeli embassy buildings, the United Nations (U.N.) House, buildings belonging to the HADEP and at the universities after Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, was brought to Turkey.

    A number of fully equipped security forces have been deployed at and around the buildings in question.

    [21] OCALAN, TERRORIST CHIEF IN TURKEY - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''I DON'T CONSIDER APPROPRIATE TO EXPLAIN ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE CAPTURE OF OCALAN AT THE MOMENT''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Tuesday that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK was not brought to the place he would be hold at the moment and when this happens, it will also be announced.

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit told a press briefing that the interrogation of Ocalan, the terrorist chief will be carried out by authorized judicial officials.

    Responding to a question asking the last country Ocalan stayed, Ecevit said that ''I can't give any details about this issue and we won't do so also in the future and I request you not to dwell on this issue.''

    Responding to another question, Ecevit said that Ocalan is in Turkey at the moment, adding his interrogation will be carried out not by the National Intelligence Service(MIT), but by authorized judicial organs.

    [22] AZERBAIJANI FM ZULFIKAROV IN ANKARA

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Tevfik Zulfikarov, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, arrived on Tuesday in Ankara as the official guest of Ismail Cem, his Turkish counterpart.

    Cem met Zulfikarov at the Esenboga Airport and said in his statement that they will discuss the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan and the regional problems in their contacts.

    Stating that they are proud to be giving the biggest support to Azerbaijan, Cem noted that they want to improve their relations.

    Stressing that this is his first official visit to Turkey, Zulfikarov said that they will discuss the bilateral relations and the regional problems, adding that there are private relations between the two countries.

    [23] OCALAN, CHIEF OF SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK, IN TURKEY - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: - ''I AM ADDRESSING THOSE WHO WERE DECEIVED BY SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION: YOU HAVE COME TO THE END OF A BLIND ROAD'' - ''WE HAVE LAUNCHED THE OPERATION SECRETLY. ONLY 10 OFFICIALS HAD INFORMATION''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit addressed those who were deceived by the separatist terrorist organization PKK and called them to surrender to the Turkish security forces immediately on Tuesday.

    Addressing a press conference, Ecevit said, ''I am addressing to those who were deceived by Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, and by supporters of him; those who risked their lives and put their parents and Turkish people in great pain: you have come to the end of a blind road. When you were sufferring from poverty in the mountains, your chief Ocalan and his accomplices were living in luxury. Now it is time to surrender to the Turkish security forces. Then you will have the opportunity of making use of repentance law.''

    Responding to a question on how Ocalan was captured, Ecevit told reporters, ''all I can say at this point is that Ocalan was captured without harming any one, even himself. He was captured as a result of secret pursuit in several countries for 12 days. There were only ten officials who had information about the operation. The operation was accomplished by the great harmony between the General Staff and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).''

    [24] OCALAN, CHIEF TERRORIST IN TURKEY - SPECIAL PLANE THAT BROUGHT OCALAN TO TURKEY SUPPLIED FUEL AT ATATURK AIRPORT

    ISTANBUL, Feb 16 (A.A) - The special plane which brought Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK to Turkey landed at Ataturk Airport around 03.00 local time on Tuesday morning, stayed there for a short period of time and left the airport after getting fuel and without giving its flight plan, it is reported on Tuesday.

    Officials at Ataturk Airport said that the special plane which brough the chief terrorist asked for permission to land at the airport around 03.00 local time. The plane landed by the mediation of ''certain officials'' as the airport officials did not want to give permission to landing of the plane which did not have a flight plan. The plane left Ataturk Airport around 04.00 local time.

    [25] CRISIS DESK ESTABLISHED IN GREECE - NEARLY 80 SEPARATIST TERRORIST TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

    ATHENS, Feb 16 (A.A) - A crisis desk was established in Greece on Tuesday to overcome the crisis which began with the separatist terrorists' attacks on Greek diplomatic institutions in several European countries.

    The crisis desk which was set up at the Greek Defense Ministry, with the participation of officials from the Greek General Staff, the Greek Secret Agency, the Greek Defense and Foreign Affairs ministries, discussed how to resist attacks by the separatist terrorist organization.

    Addressing a press conference this morning, Theodoros Pangalos, the Greek Foreign Minister, said that if the occupation of the Greek diplomatic buildings by the terrorists does not end by 12.00, operations will be launched against the separatist terrorist organization PKK.

    Meanwhile nearly 80 separatist terrorists were taken into custody in Greece.

    [26] OCCUPATION OF SEPARATISTS IN DUSSELDORF - A TOTAL OF 45 PEOPLE TAKEN UNDER CUSTODY, A POLICEMAN WOUNDED

    BONN, Feb 16 (A.A) - A total of 45 people have been taken into custody in an operation at the Greek Consulate building occupied by PKK terrorists in Dusseldorf, Germany. A policeman was wounded during the incident.

    Dusseldorf police broke-down the doors of the Greek consulate building and took 15 people, who had started the incident, into custody. Later, another 200 people occupied the consulate building.

    Security officals said a police officer was wounded by a bottle thrown during the clash.

    Also, 30 of the 50 separatist terrorists, who held demonstration in front of Dusseldorf State Assembly, were taken into custody.

    Meanwhile, a clash erupted between British police and supporters of the separatist terrorist organization who occupied the Greek Embassy in London at 03:00 local time.

    The group which gathered at the Embassy building in western London chanted slogans to extend support to the occupiers inside, and the news reports that the terrorist chief had been brought to Turkey escalated tension.

    A clash erupted between the police and the separatist terrorists who attempted to enter the building. The police extinguished some burning materials thrown by the group.

    Approximately 10 separatist terrorists were taken into custody.

    At the same time, it was also reported that supporters of the separatist terrorist organization had occupied the U.N. Representation in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

    Nearly 30 terrorists entered the building and took the U.N. officials hostage. There were also terrorists outside the building.

    The terrorists wanted to enter Greece's Embassy in Yerevan but the police prevented them.

    [27] GERMANY, GREECE AND THE CNN ANNOUNCE BRINGING OF OCALAN TO TURKEY AS NEWS FLASH

    BONN, Feb 16 (A.A) - Radio and television in Germany and Greece announced the bringing of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK to Turkey as a news flash on Tuesday.

    CNN has also announced the news immediately by interrupting its usual broadcast.

    The news noted that the presence of Abdullah Ocalan in Ankara was announced by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.

    Meanwhile the occupation of the Greek Embassy in Bonn by the terrorists continues. Police have set up a barricade surrounding a group of separatists in front of the building.

    [28] TURKEY MEETING OF COE

    STRASBOURG, Feb 16 (A.A) - The Peace and Democratic Stability Conference in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, jointly staged by the Council of Europe Parliamentarian Assembly (COEPA) and Local Administrations Congress, will take place in the Aegean Marmaris county between February 25 and 26, it was reported on Tuesday.

    During the conference, sustainable development and regional cooperation toward peace and democratic stability will be discussed.

    European parliamentarians as well as local administration representatives and representatives of non-governmental organizations acting in these regions will participate in the meeting where environmental problems and water usage will be taken up.

    Uluc Gurkan, Acting Parliament Speaker, will address the opening ceremony.

    [29] CONTACTS OF THE WORLD BANK VICE PRESIDENT IN TURKEY - ULUGBAY, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: - ''THE LOAN TO BE GIVEN TO EXIMBANK BY THE WORLD BANK HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MEET TURKEY'S REQUIREMENT''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Hikmet Ulugbay, the Minister of State and the Deputy Prime Minister, said on Tuesday that the World Bank had always positively contributed to the economic development in Turkey, adding, ''the loan to be obtained from the World Bank for the Turkish Eximbank is in the vicinity of meeting Turkey's requirement.''

    State Minister Ulugbay the same day met with Johannes Linn, the Vice President of the World Bank, at the Treasury building and held a one-hour meeting.

    Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Ulugbay said, ''the amount of the loan was planned to be 200 million U.S. dollars. The issue of 'whether or not there is the opportunity to increase the amount' will be discussed during the negotiations.''

    Responding to a question regarding the structural concord credits, Minister Ulugbay said, ''we have had this kind of experience with the World Bank in the past and they are widely used. The World Bank can continue the same assistance for specific programmes and reforms.''

    Pointing out that there were some projects jointly carried out with the World Bank, Ulugbay said that he hoped the reports for the Eximbank credit would be concluded in a short time.

    Noting that more comprehensive studies were being implemented with this year's programme, Ulugbay said that global economic developments had been evaluated and the performance of the former government had been reviewed during the meeting.

    [30] PRESS CONFERENCE OF TAREQ AZIZ

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Tareq Aziz, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, said on Tuesday that his arrival to Ankara was accepted as a suprise in several countries, adding that ''visit of an Iraqi citizen to Ankara is natural as Turkey and Iraq have mutual interests and problems as the two neighboring countries.''

    Aziz who staged a news conference in Iraq's Embassy in Ankara, said ''there is consensus between Iraq and Turkey in some issues, and conflict in some others. We should reduce the conflicted issues.''

    Noting that together with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, they held very benefical talks; Aziz said they also agreed to continue similar meetings.

    Aziz later responded to the questions. Evaluating statements of Taha Yasin Ramazan, Iraqi Deputy Head of State, regarding Incirlik base, Aziz said the U.S. and British forces attacked Iraq in December by using no fly zones in northern and southern parts.

    Aziz said they have clarified to the Turkish officials that this was something unacceptable and expressed hope that Turkish base should not be used by the U.S. and Britain.

    When asked if activities of Operation Northern Watch, which control the no fly zone, continue in Turkey and when asked if this would be regarded as a hostile act, Aziz said the golden rule was that neighbours should not hurt each other. Iraq was hurt as controlling of no-fly zone was made from the Turkish base and expressed hope that this will be put an end.

    Aziz said ''why do they implement no fly zone and protect Kurds from the Iraqi government. I came here from a Kurdish region. How will I be able to come if there was a threat?''

    Aziz alleged that no fly zone targetted dividing Iraq, claiming that division up of Iraq does not interest Turkish government.

    [31] SINAGRA, TURKEY'S LAWYER IN ITALY: ''APPLICATION FOR EXTRADITION OF OCALAN TO TURKEY WAS WITHDRAWN''

    ROME, Feb 16 (A.A) - Turkey withdrew her request for the extradition of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist PKK organization, from Italy through Agusto Sinagra, Turkey's lawyer in Italy, it was reported on Tuesday.

    Sinagra told the A.A correspondent that the request for the extradition of the chief terrorist to Turkey was withdrawn when he was brought to Turkey.

    Lawyer Sinagra said that Turkey sent a written statement to the Rome Court of Appeals saying that she withdrew her request as there is no need to make such an application when the terrorist in question had been brought to Turkey.

    Thus the session at the Rome Court of Appeals on 24 February to discuss Turkey's request for extradition was cancelled.

    [32] TURKISH-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION MEETING TO TAKE PLACE IN ISTANBUL

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - the 44th meeting of the Turkish-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Commission will take place between February 18 and 19, 1999 in Istanbul, it was reported on Tuesday.

    The Commission meeting will focus on implementation of the Partnership Agreement and Customs Union Agreement and developments recorded on the issues of ''European Strategy for Turkey.'' The sides will also exchange views on economic and political situations in the EU and local-general elections that will take place in Turkey.

    A report will also be discussed during the meeting which will include the views of the European Parliament about a regulation that will include financial aid to Turkey.

    Bulent Akarcali, Co-Chairman of Joint Parliamentary Commission and Pier Dankert, European Parliament delegation's Co-Chairman will chair the meeting.

    [33] CHIEF TERRORIST BROUGHT TO TURKEY - BILICAN, CHIEF OF SECURITY: ''WE ARE CLOSE TO THE RESULT DESIRED BY THE TURKISH NATION''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Necati Bilican, the Chief of Security, said on Tuesday of the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist PKK organization that they were close to the result desired by the Turkish people.

    Speaking to reporters at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Necati Bilican said that the security units fulfilled their duty in the operation.

    Responding to the question about the place the chief terrorist is being kept, Bilican said, ''you'll have to wait. In time the necessary information will be announced. The incidents are positively developing step by step. We are close to the outcome desired by our nation. He is now in Turkey. There is no more information except this.''

    [34] PRESS CONFERENCE OF TAREQ AZIZ - ''FIRST VICTIM OF EMBARGO IS IRAQ AND THE SECOND ONE IS TURKEY''

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Tareq Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, said on Tuesday that the first victim of the embargo imposed on his country was Iraq and the second one was Turkey.

    Addressing the news conference staged in Iraq's Embassy in Ankara, Aziz said Turkey suffered 30 million U.S. dollars due to the embargo and noted that it was natural that Turkey did everything to lift the embargo.

    When asked about his views regarding the capture of terrorist chief, Aziz said that was an internal problem of Turkey and that he would not comment on the issue.

    Noting that he had visited Ankara in 1996, Aziz said there was no surprise issue in this visit, adding that his visit with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit which took place on Monday was very fruitful.

    Responding to a question about a report related with the activities of the separatist terrorist organization in Iraq, Aziz said Iraq never had any links with the separatist terrorist PKK organization, adding that they never intervene to the internal affairs of their neighbors. Aziz said that this was a disinformation intended to poison relations between the two countries.

    Evaluating the news reports that President Suleyman Demirel and General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Chief of General Staff, did not give him appointments, Aziz said he will meet them if they want, adding that ''it is the golden rule when a high level official is visiting that he should be received by the head of state. All the Turkish ministers had met with the Head of State when they came to Iraq. The question why I was not accepted should be responded by Turkish government.''

    When asked if he brought a message to President Suleyman Demirel from Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Head of State, Aziz said you should have something to say to the Head of State of the country you are visiting.

    Responding to a question about Iraq's attitude in directing threat to its neighbors, Aziz said Iraq did not threaten its neighbors, adding that foreign planes flew over Iraq and attack Iraq.

    Aziz claimed that bases in Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were used against Iraq, adding that they complaint about usage of base in Turkey. Aziz also said usage of Turkish base by the U.S. and Britain was not positive for Turkey.

    Stressing that he came to Turkey from Habur border gate, Aziz said they were in dialogue with the Kurdish groups in Northern Iraq. Aziz said it would be impossible for him to pass from that region if there was not dialogue. He said they always had contacts with Barzani and Talabani and expressed readiness to find a political solution to the problem.

    Aziz said a compromise between Baghdad and Kurdish groups would interest Turkey the most, adding that Turkey did not receive a threat from Iraq.

    Aziz pointed out that efforts which will extend the period or hamper the process of reaching a peaceful compromise by Kurdish groups in Iraq, will not help national policy of Turkey. Aziz said they talked with their Kurdish citizens and try to find a political solution to the problem.

    Noting that Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit wanted Iraq to comply with the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council, Aziz said they have been implementing this since 1997, adding that the problem was the strength of the U.S. in UNSCOM and implementation of an embargo in Iraq.

    Noting that there was a democratic atmosphere in Iraq, Aziz said Iraq's constitution was a democratic one.

    Aziz said Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Head of State, had sent a message to Arab League General Secretariat and that this was a response to the message of Secretary General. He said the talks were to reach to the level of compromise not to deepen the conflicts.

    Aziz said no such deep contacts had taken between Turkey and Iraq for a few years, adding that this visit was a comprehensive and deep one and that they had discussed issues concerning the two countries. Aziz said he thought that Turkey knew their situation and attitude better now.

    Responding to another question, Aziz said Scud missiles which had been purchased from former Soviet Union before 1990 were devastated.

    [35] LAWSUITS AGAINST OCALAN, CHIEF OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

    DIYARBAKIR, Feb 16 (A.A) - There are two different lawsuits opened against the chief terrorist Abdullah Ocalan, who was brought to Turkey after he had been captured, with charges of ''being a traitor and deserter'' and he was tried in absence with the requisition of capital punishment, it was reported on Tuesday.

    The dissolution process started in the terrorist PKK with the capture of Semdin Sakik, a leading terrorist, by the General Staff Special Forces in March 1998 near Duhok city in Northern Iraq, and is accelerated when the chief terrorist had been arrested and brought to Turkey.

    The Ankara State Security Court had filed a suit against the chief terrorist with charges of ''being a deserter'', and the Ankara State Security Court No:2 had opened a lawsuit aganst the terrorist in question on charges that he is a traitor. The suits still continue. Also, there is an arrest warrant on absentia against the chief terrorist.

    The indictment regarding the lawsuit opened against the chief terrorist, who planned massacres, urges capital punishment for Ocalan in accordance with the Turkish Penal Code's Article 125 with charges of ''being a traitor and committing crimes against the sovereignty of the country and state.''

    The indictment said the accused Ocalan is the chief of the separatist terrorist and criminal organization, the organizator of the massacres in Turkey and he is the man who commands and orders terrorists to kill and rob people to separate a part of Turkey.

    The indictment said the chief terrorist had confessed that he planned the murders in Turkey and orders the terrorists to kill the people when he attended a programme of Med-tv, the broadcasting organ of the terrorist PKK.

    The Diyarbakir State Security Court Chief Prosecutor's Office prepared dossiers against chief terrorist Abdullah Ocalan responsible for the deaths of about 30 thousand people with his bloody attacks he started in the southeast.

    These 400-page dossiers, which will be sent to the Justice Ministry, includes the bloody attacks of the terrorist organization.

    [36] BLOODY ACTIVITIES OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - ARMED ATTACKS START IN 1984 IN ERUH AND SEMDINLI - MORE THAN 30 THOUSAND PEOPLE INCLUDING 501 CHILDREN AND 512 WOMEN KILLED IN 17,179 ATTACKS STAGED IN LAST 15 YEARS - 3, 489 SECURITY FORCES, 180 POLICEMEN AND 1,144 VILLAGE GUARDS KILLED

    DIYARBAKIR, Feb 16 (A.A) - Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist PKK organization responsible for the deaths of 30 thousand people, gave the orders to the PKK terrorists to carry out lots of bloodcurdling crimes in last 15 years in many parts of Turkey, especially the Southeastern Anatolia Region, it was reported on Tuesday.

    Ocalan started to form the separatist terrorist organization in 1974 under the frame of the Ankara Democratic Patriotic High-Education Association and later it was changed into an illegal organization in November 1979 and started to stage its terrorist activities under the name of ''Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)''.

    The terrorist organization increased its activities with the dream of setting up a state based on Marxist-Leninist principle in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Regions.

    The separatist terrorists, who were trained at Bekaa Valley, staged their first attack by raiding Eruh and Semdinli counties in 1984.

    More than 30 thousand people including babies, children, pregnant women, elderly people, doctors and teachers were killed at 17,179 attacks planned by the chief terrorist.

    During these attacks, 501 children and 512 women lost their lives.

    In the struggle against the separatist terrorism, 3,489 personnel of the Armed Forces, 180 policemen and 1,144 village guards were killed.

    The separatist terrorists set fire to primary and high schools and state motor vehicles, planted mines on roads and abducted many residents of villages they raided between 1987 and 1988.

    The security forces, who achieved great successes in the struggle against terrorism, killed 21,899, wounded 593 and captured 2,683 terrorists, and 2, 225 terrorists surrendered to security forces. Thus, in the struggle against separatist terrorism, a total of 27,400 terrorists were rendered ineffcetive.

    [37] INTENSE TRAFFIC IN FOREIGN MINISTRY - AMBASSADORS OF 21 COUNTRIES SUMMONED TO FOREIGN MINISTRY AND CONVEYED RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING CAPTURE OF TERRORIST CHIEF

    ANKARA, Feb 16 (A.A) - Ambassadors of 21 countries, including 13 EU member countries, were summoned to the Foreign Ministry and conveyed recent developments regarding the capture of the separatist terrorist organization.

    Faruk Logoglu, Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, met with the Ambassadors and conveyed the developments.

    During the meeting, security measures foreseen to be taken by these countries following the capture of terrorist chief were discussed.

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