US embassy cable - 90DAMASCUS2993

PKK TERRORISM - SYRIAN CONNECTION

Identifier: 90DAMASCUS2993
Wikileaks: View 90DAMASCUS2993 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Damascus
Created: 1990-05-14 15:18:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PTER PREL SW SY
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 141518Z MAY 90
FM AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5425
INFO AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM
AMEMBASSY ANKARA
AMCONSUL ADANA
C O N F I D E N T I A L DAMASCUS 02993 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL:  OADR 
TAGS:        PTER, PREL, SW, SY 
SUBJECT:     PKK TERRORISM - SYRIAN CONNECTION 
 
1.  CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT. 
 
2.  ROLF GAUFFIN, SWEDEN'S AMBASSADOR IN DAMASCUS, 
TOLD DCM RECENTLY THAT AN ARAB NATIVE WITH A CLAIM 
TO SWEDISH PERMANENT RESIDENCY HAD WALKED INTO THE 
SWEDISH EMBASSY IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS TO SEEK REPATRI- 
ATION.  THE PERSON SAID HE HAD BEEN IN TRAINING AT THE 
PKK CAMP IN THE BIQA BUT HAD BECOME DISAFFECTED AND 
WANTED TO RETURN TO SWEDEN.  GAUFFIN IS ARRANGING FOR 
HIS DEPARTURE. 
 
3.  GAUFFIN SAID HE WAS APPREHENSIVE OF THE SYRIAN 
REACTION TO HIS HANDLING SUCH A CASE, ESPECIALLY WITH 
THE PKK CONNECTION.  HE, THEREFORE, ALERTED THE 
POLITICAL SECURITY DIVISION TO ASSURE THEY KNEW THE 
WHOLE STORY.  THE PSD REPLY LED GAUFFIN TO BELIEVE 
THEY WERE WELL AWARE OF HIS "WALK-IN" AND HAD NO 
INTENTION OF INTERFERING.  THIS EPISODE ALSO CONFIRMED 
FOR GAUFFIN THAT THE SYRIANS DO KEEP TABS ON COMINGS 
AND GOINGS IN THE BIQA. 
 
4.  IN VIEW OF HIS RECENT EXPOSURE TO THE PKK AND 
SYRIAN COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, THE DEPARTMENT MIGHT BE 
INTERESTED IN CONTACTING THE GOS TO SEE IF A DEBRIEF- 
ING WITH THE EX PKK TRAINEE MIGHT BE ARRANGED. 
 
DJEREJIAN 

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