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DATE=2/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245641 TITLE=OCALAN / GREECE (L ONLY) BYLINE=ANTHEE CARASSAVA DATELINE=ATHENS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE GREEK GOVERNMENT IS COMING UNDER STRONG CRITICISM FROM POLITICAL FRIENDS AND FOES FOR WHAT THEY CALL GREEK COMPLICITY IN THE ARREST OF KURDISH REBEL LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN. ANTHEE CARASSAVA REPORTS FROM ATHENS. TEXT: MYSTERY CONTINUES TO SURROUND THE EXACT CIRCUMSTANCES OF ABDULLAH OCALAN'S ARREST IN KENYA. BUT EIGHT SENIOR LAWMAKERS IN ATHENS HAVE ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT OF ASSISTING IN THE ARREST OF THE KURDISH LEADER -- DESPITE GUARANTEES THAT HE WOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HANDS AT THE GREEK EMBASSY IN NAIROBI. MUCH OF THE CRITICISM IS TARGETED AT FOREIGN MINISTER THEODORE PANGALOS WHO ORCHESTRATED THE OPERATION FOR MR. OCALAN'S SAFE HAVEN IN KENYA. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, THE EIGHT SOCIALIST LAWMAKERS DEMAND MR. PANGALOS' RESIGNATION, SAYING HE BOWED TO STRONG U-S AND TURKISH PRESSURE, AND SO HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KURDISH LEADER'S ARREST. THE GREEK GOVERNMENT DEFENDED THE FOREIGN MINISTER, BLAMING KENYAN AUTHORITIES INSTEAD. GREECE SAYS KENYAN OFFICIALS CONVINCED MR. OCALAN TO LEAVE THE GREEK EMBASSY IN EXCHANGE FOR ASSURANCES OF A SAFE FLIGHT TO THE NETHERLANDS WHERE HE WOULD SEEK POLITICAL ASYLUM. INSTEAD, MR. OCALAN ENDED UP IN TURKEY. AND THAT, GREEK CRITICS SAY, IMPLIES COMPLICITY IN HIS TURKISH ARREST. CRITICS ALSO ARE ASKING WHY GREEK INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS SENT MR. OCALAN TO KENYA WHEN THEY KNEW THERE IS A STRONG PRESENCE OF U-S AGENTS THERE WHO WERE LIKELY TO LEARN THE KURDISH LEADER WAS IN THE COUNTRY. THE GREEK GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS IT SECRETLY HARBORED MR. OCALAN FOR 12 DAYS IN NAIROBI. BUT IT HAS PROVIDED LITTLE INFORMATION TO ANSWER THE CRITICS' QUESTIONS. THE CRITICS ALSO NOTE THAT FOR YEARS, TURKEY HAS ACCUSED GREECE OF AIDING AND ABETTING MR. OCALAN AND HIS KURDISTAN WORKERS' PARTY. BUT THEY NOTE THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT HAS REMAINED VIRTUALLY SILENT IN ITS CRITICISM -- SINCE THE ARREST OF THE KURDISH LEADER. CRITICS SAY THIS TURKISH SILENCE IS A CLEAR SIGN OF GREEK COMPLICITY IN THE ARREST OF MR. OCALAN. (SIGNED) NEB/AC/JWH/JO 17-Feb-99 12:19 PM EST (1719 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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