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Turkey says Greece supports PKK

HDN | 7/1/1997 12:00:00 AM |

Turkish Daily News Ankara - Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Omer Akbel on Monday said that Greece was backing the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and that documents, video tapes and photographs demonstrating this fact had been given to international organizations. Answering a question regarding whether Turkey planned to take any action against Greece in this regard, Akbel said that they had already several times supplied such evidence to international authorities. He also recalled

Turkish Daily News

Ankara - Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Omer Akbel on Monday said that Greece was backing the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and that documents, video tapes and photographs demonstrating this fact had been given to international organizations.

Answering a question regarding whether Turkey planned to take any action against Greece in this regard, Akbel said that they had already several times supplied such evidence to international authorities. He also recalled that Greek deputies had invited PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to Greece and noted that the deputy speaker of the Greek Parliament had visited Ocalan.

Akbel, responding to a question concerning jabs from the Greek government over recent comments by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen, underlined that Turkey was always in favor of better relations with Greece.

The volley of criticism between Greece and Turkey had started when Undersecretary Oymen claimed, in an interview with the Turkish Daily News last Wednesday, that Greece was reluctant to establish dialogue with Turkey and pointed out the lack of trust between the two nations.

Greek government spokesman Dimitri Reppas replied to Oymen's remarks the day after the interview, calling the undersecretary's comments aimless, careless and comic, and saying that they were contrary to the building of good relations between the two countries.

In response to Reppas' statement, Akbel charged that the criticism from the Greek side was both surprising and unjustified. Stressing the attitude of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Akbel said: "Turkey never acts with a purpose of augmenting tension between the two states but with the aim to find resolutions to the existing problems."

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