US embassy cable - 93BEIRUT2694

LEBANON AND THE PKK

Identifier: 93BEIRUT2694
Wikileaks: View 93BEIRUT2694 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Beirut
Created: 1993-06-26 13:21:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PTER SY TU LE
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 261321Z JUN 93
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9285
INFO AMEMBASSY ANKARA
AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
AMCONSUL ADANA
AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
AMCONSUL JEDDAH
C O N F I D E N T I A L BEIRUT 02694 
 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL:  OADR 
TAGS:  PREL, PTER, SY, TU, LE 
SUBJECT:  LEBANON AND THE PKK 
 
REF:  (A) STATE 176472 (NOTAL) (B) DAMASCUS 3848 
      (C) ANKARA 7929 
 
 
1.  CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT 
 
2.  ON JUNE 23 (PRIOR TO THE SERIES OF PKK ATTACKS ON 
TURKISH INTERESTS IN EUROPE), THE AMBASSADOR RAISED 
WITH INTERIOR MINISTER BISHARA MIRHIJ THE JUNE 8 OCALAN 
PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE BIQA' IN WHICH HE EFFECTIVELY 
DECLARED WAR ON TURKEY, INCLUDING TOURIST FACILITIES IN 
TURKEY.  THE AMBASSADOR TOLD MIRHIJ THAT WE HAD 
DELIVERED A DEMARCHE IN DAMASCUS EXPRESSING OUR CONCERN 
OVER THESE STATEMENTS.  WHILE HE HAD NO INSTRUCTIONS TO 
DO THE SAME IN LEBANON, THE AMBASSADOR SAID THE 
LEBANESE GOVERNMENT SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE PRESENCE 
OF SUCH INDIVIDUALS ON LEBANESE TERRITORY AND ACTIONS 
OF THIS NATURE ARE VERY HARMFUL TO THE LEBANESE EFFORT 
TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT THE 
YEARS OF CHAOS AND CIVIL CONFLICT ARE AT AN END, AND 
THAT LEBANON IS NO LONGER A SANCTUARY FOR INTERNATIONAL 
TERRORISM. 
 
3.  MIRHIJ READILY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT OCALAN'S 
STATEMENTS HAD BEEN AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE GOVERNMENT 
AND THE SUBJECT OF DISCUSSION IN A RECENT CABINET 
MEETING.  DURING TALKS THE PREVIOUS WEEK WITH HIS 
SYRIAN COUNTERPART ON JOINT EFFORTS TO CONTROL 
SMUGGLING, MIRHIJ SAID THAT HE HAD RAISED OCALAN'S 
PERFORMANCE, ASKING FOR SYRIA'S COOPERATION IN ENSURING 
THAT THERE WAS NO REPETITION.  MIRHIJ SAID HE DID NOT 
GET A COMMITMENT, BUT FELT THAT THE SYRIANS WERE ALSO 
TAKEN ABACK BY THE VEHEMENCE OF OCALAN'S STATEMENTS. 
 
 
CROCKER 

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