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DATE=2/21/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245771 TITLE=TURKEY/KURDS (L ONLY) BYLINE=AMBARIN ZAMAN DATELINE=ANKARA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT RULED OUT AUTONOMY FOR TURKEY'S ESTIMATED 12-MILLION KURDS SAYING THE TURKISH STATE WOULD NOT RESPOND TO OR NEGOTIATE WITH WHAT HE CALLED "MARGINAL TERRORIST GROUPS." AMBERIN ZAMAN REPORTS FROM ANKARA, MR. ECEVIT WAS RESPONDING (SUNDAY) TO CALLS IN THE WESTERN MEDIA FOR KURDISH AUTONOMY. TEXT: TURKISH OFFICIALS CLAIM THE KURDS IN TURKEY ENJOY THE FULL RIGHTS OF EVERY TURKISH CITIZEN, WHICH THEY SAY CANNOT BE SAID OF KURDS IN EITHER IRAN, IRAQ, OR SYRIA. SPEAKING AT A NEWS CONFERENCE FOR THE FOREIGN PRESS, MR. ECEVIT CALLED FOR GREECE TO STOP SUPPORTING WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS TERRORISM AS A MEANS OF ADDRESSING ITS LONG-STANDING PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY. HE SAID GREECE SHOULD OPT FOR DIALOGUE INSTEAD. THREE GREEK CABINET MINISTERS AND THE CHIEF OF GREEK INTELLIGENCE RESIGNED LAST WEEK, FOLLOWING NEWS OF THEIR ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN HARBORING THE NOW CAPTURED KURDISH-REBEL CHIEF ABDULLAH OCALAN IN NAIROBI. THE LEADER OF THE OUTLAWED KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY, THE P-K-K, WAS SEIZED BY A TURKISH SPECIAL FORCES TEAM IN THE KENYAN CAPITAL LAST MONDAY WHILE TRAVELLING BY CAR TO NAIROBI AIRPORT. A TEAM OF TURKISH PROSECUTORS TRAVELLED SUNDAY TO THE SMALL PRISON ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF ISTANBUL WHERE MR. OCALAN IS BEING HELD TO CONTINUE WITH HIS INTERROGATION. THE P-K-K LEADER IS WIDELY EXPECTED TO BE OFFICIALLY CHARGED WITH TREASON SOME TIME THIS WEEK. TREASON IS A CRIME THAT IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH UNDER TURKISH LAW. MR. ECEVIT REPEATED HIS PERSONAL AVERSION TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SUNDAY, BUT SAID IT COULD ONLY BE LIFTED BY THE TURKISH PARLIAMENT. MR. ECEVIT ALSO ANNOUNCED A FIVE-DAY CROSS BORDER OFFENSIVE AGAINST P-K-K STRONGHOLDS IN KURDISH CONTROLLED NORTHERN IRAQ HAD ENDED. HE GAVE NO FURTHER DETAILS. MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE DIED SINCE THE P-K-K LAUNCHED ITS BLOODY CAMPAIGN FOR KURDISH SELF RULE IN 1984. (SIGNED) NEB/AZ/DW/RAE 21-Feb-99 1:06 PM EST (1806 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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