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14 November 2003

U.S. Says Kurdistan Party PKK/KADEK Remains Terrorist Organization

State Dept. says PKK/KADEK leaders are subject to arrest

The State Department said November 14 that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), now known as the Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress (KADEK), remains a terrorist organization and that its leaders are still subject to arrest.

"A recent clash between PKK/KADEK forces and the Iraqi Border Police and U.S. forces, as well as the group's recent attacks in Turkey, demonstrate its terrorist nature," said State Department Deputy Spokesman J. Adam Ereli. "The PKK/KADEK, under any alias, is a terrorist organization, and no name change or press release can alter that fact."

Following is the statement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
November 14, 2003

Statement by J. Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman

PKK/KADEK CONGRESS

Through its recent actions, the Kurdistan Workers Party/Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress (PKK/KADEK) appears to be making an effort to evade responsibility for its terrorist acts by changing its name. The PKK/KADEK, under any alias, is a terrorist organization, and no name change or press release can alter that fact. A recent clash between PKK/KADEK forces and the Iraqi Border Police and U.S. forces, as well as the group's recent attacks in Turkey, demonstrate its terrorist nature.

The Coalition in Iraq will treat the PKK/KADEK or the Kurdistan People's Congress as terrorists; its leaders are subject to arrest. President Bush has committed to prevent the use of Iraq as a terrorist haven, and we will meet that commitment. All legitimate Iraqi parties have condemned terrorism and emphasize that Iraq can no longer provide a base for terrorism. There is no place for terrorism or terrorist organizations in the new Iraq.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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