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DATE=2/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245629 TITLE=TURKEY / KURDS (L ONLY) BYLINE=AMBERIN ZAMAN DATELINE=ANKARA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: TURKISH TELEVISION HAS SHOWN THE FIRST PICTURES OF KURDISH REBEL LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN AFTER HIS SEIZURE IN KENYA BY TURKISH SPECIAL FORCES. AMBERIN ZAMAN IN ANKARA REPORTS PICTURES OF THE LEADER OF THE OUTLAWED KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY (P-K-K) WERE TAKEN DURING HIS FLIGHT TUESDAY ON A PRIVATE JET THAT BROUGHT HIM TO TURKEY. TEXT: FLANKED BY HOODED MEMBERS OF TURKISH SPECIAL FORCES, MR. OCALAN WAS SHOWN FIRST WITH HIS EYES BLINDFOLDED, ARMS CROSSED, WRISTS HANDCUFFED, SITTING IN THE PRIVATE JET WHICH FLEW HIM TO TURKEY. MR. OCALAN WINCED AS THE BANDAGE WAS SLOWLY REMOVED. HE LOOKED DAZED AND IN PAIN, AND COULD BARELY SPEAK. ASKED IF HE NEEDED MEDICAL HELP BY A DOCTOR ON THE PLANE, MR. OCALAN DEMURRED. HE SPOKE IN BARELY AUDIBLE TONES. BUT, TURKISH T-V REPORTED HIS FIRST WORDS WERE THAT HE WANTS TO BE OF SERVICE TO THE TURKISH PEOPLE AND THAT HE LOVES THE TURKISH PEOPLE. TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT RENEWED PLEDGES OF A FAIR AND JUST TRIAL FOR TURKEY'S MOST WANTED MAN. THE P-K-K LEADER IS BLAMED FOR THE DEATHS OF MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE DURING A 14-YEAR ARMED CAMPAIGN FOR KURDISH SELF-RULE IN TURKEY'S MAINLY KURDISH SOUTHEAST PROVINCES. TURKISH TELEVISION SHOWED A FAKE DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT ISSUED TO ABDULLAH OCALAN BY THE GREEK CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT IN 1995 IN THE NAME OF MAVROS LAZAROS WHICH BORE A KENYAN VISA STAMP. PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT CONFIRMED IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE C-N-N NEWS CHANNEL THE P-K-K LEADER IS BEING HELD AT A PRISON ON THE ISLAND OF IMRALI ON THE MARMARA SEA. HE SAID MR. OCALAN'S TRIAL WOULD NOT LIKELY LAST TOO LONG. THE KURDISH REBEL LEADER IS BEING CHARGED WITH TREASON, AN OFFENSE THAT IS PUNISHABLE BY EXECUTION IN TURKEY. MR. ECEVIT TOLD C-N-N HE PERSONALLY IS OPPOSED TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND POINTED OUT LEGISLATION IS PENDING IN THE TURKISH PARLIAMENT TO END THE DEATH PENALTY. BUT MR. ECEVIT SAID THERE IS STILL RESISTANCE TO ITS BEING BANNED. EARLIER, THE PRIME MINISTER TOLD REPORTERS HE WOULD PUSH FOR INVESTMENT IN THE IMPOVERISHED KURDISH REGIONS WHERE UNEMPLOYMENT AND ILLITERACY REMAINS WIDESPREAD. ECONOMIC HARDSHIP COUPLED WITH WIDESPREAD DISAFFECTION WITH THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT CREATED A FERTILE RECRUITING GROUND FOR THE KURDISH REBELS. IN A RELATED DEVELOPMENT, TURKISH OFFICIALS SAID THEY HAVE RELIABLE INFORMATION A LEADERSHIP STRUGGLE ERUPTED WITHIN THE RANKS OF THE REBEL GROUP FOLLOWING MR. OCALAN'S ARREST. HIS BROTHER OSMAN IS SAID TO HAVE DECLARED HIMSELF THE NEW P-K-K CHIEF, BUT IS BEING CHALLENGED BY TWO OTHER SENIOR PARTY COMMANDERS, MURAT KARAYILAN AND CEMIL BAYIK. (SIGNED) NEB/AZ/JWH/RAE 17-Feb-99 9:16 AM EST (1416 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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