US embassy cable - 87STATE208025

PKK PLANS AND AMERIN CASE

Identifier: 87STATE208025
Wikileaks: View 87STATE208025 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Secretary of State
Created: 1987-07-07 19:46:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PTER TU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
P R 071946Z JUL 87
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY
INFO AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 208025 
 
E.O. 12356:   DECL:OADR 
TAGS:         PTER, TU 
SUBJECT:      PKK PLANS AND AMERIN CASE 
 
REF:  A) ANKARA 7938  B) ANKARA 8068 
 
1.  CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT 
 
2.  REF A SUMMARIZED PRESS REPORTING THAT CODED DOCUMENTS 
SEIZED FROM TWO CAPTURED TERRORISTS REVEALED PKK (KURDISH 
LABOR PARTY) PLANS TO ATTACK, INTER ALIA, THE 
TURKISH/AMERICAN COMMON DEFENSE BASE IN PIRINCLIK.  AS 
EMBASSY WILL REALIZE, PKK TARGETING OF A JOINT 
TURKISH/U.S. MILITARY FACILITY WOULD REPRESENT A NEW AND 
GRAVE MOVE BY THE PKK.  (COMMENT:  DEPARTMENT ASSUMES 
THAT THE PKK WOULD BE WELL AWARE OF THE BASE'S U.S. 
CONNECTION.  END COMMENT)  IT WOULD ALSO RAISE QUESTIONS 
ABOUT WHETHER NEIGHBORING GOVERNMENTS WERE AWARE OF AND 
EITHER TOLERATED OR SUPPORTED SUCH AN ATTACK. 
 
3.  DEPARTMENT IS AWARE OF THE NEED TO TREAT TURKISH 
PRESS REPORTS WITH GREAT CAUTION.  NONETHELESS, GIVEN THE 
POTENTIAL IMPORTANCE OF THIS MATTER, DEPARTMENT REQUESTS 
THAT U.S. MISSION ATTEMPT TO VERIFY WHETHER OR NOT THERE 
IS DOCUMENTARY OR OTHER EVIDENCE OF SUCH A SHIFT IN PKK 
TARGETING. 
 
4.  REF B REPORTED PRESS ACCOUNTS THAT THE TURKISH 
MILITARY COURT HAD DROPPED SPYING CHARGES AGAINST 
JORDANIAN EMBASSY EMPLOYEE AMERIN FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE. 
DEPARTMENT WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING FURTHER DETAILS 
ASAP. 
 
 
SHULTZ 

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