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DATE=8/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TURKEY / IRAN (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-252655 BYLINE=AMBERIN ZAMAN DATELINE=ANKARA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Turkey and Iran appear to have ironed out their differences over an alleged border incursion by Turkish forces. Amberin Zaman in Ankara reports Turkish and Iranian security officials discussed the matter in talks Tuesday in the Turkish capital. TEXT: Speaking to reporters after day-long talks with Turkish officials, Iran's deputy interior minister said -- in his words -- that differences between his country and Turkey over the dispute are gradually disappearing. Iran last month accused Turkey of bombing Iranian territory and killing five Iranians. Turkey denied the claims, saying its forces struck rebel Kurd bases in Iraq, not in Iran. Tensions between the two regional rivals escalated when Iran arrested two Turkish soldiers who crossed into Iranian territory in pursuit of rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's party or P-K-K. The soldiers were released Monday after weeks of wrangling between Turkish and Iranian officials who have been demanding an official apology from the Turkish government along with compensation for the alleged air strike. Iran accused Turkey at the time of acting under orders from the United States and Israel. Turkey says Iran is providing arms and shelter to P-K-K rebels. Turkey says many of the P-K-K rebels shifted their bases to Iran after Syria expelled P-K-K forces last October along with their now- imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Turkey had threatened Syria with military action if it failed to do so. Iran says it does not allow the P-K-K to operate out of its territory. But Turkish officials are expected to present their Iranian counterparts during a second round of talks here with what Turkish officials describe as irrefutable evidence of the P-K-K presence in Iran. (Signed) NEB/AZ/JWH/WTW 10-Aug-1999 13:25 PM LOC (10-Aug-1999 1725 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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