US embassy cable - 93YEREVAN2697

PKK "SUPPORT" FROM ARMENIAN SOURCES

Identifier: 93YEREVAN2697
Wikileaks: View 93YEREVAN2697 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Yerevan
Created: 1993-07-26 12:54:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PINS PREL PTER AM TU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 261254Z JUL 93
FM AMEMBASSY YEREVAN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 4112
INFO AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
AMCONSUL ADANA
AMEMBASSY ANKARA
C O N F I D E N T I A L YEREVAN 002697 
 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR 
TAGS: PINS, PREL, PTER, AM, TU 
SUBJ: PKK "SUPPORT" FROM ARMENIAN SOURCES 
 
REFS: A) STATE 220237  B) YEREVAN 1701  C) YEREVAN 0165 
 
1. CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT. 
 
2. REFTEL (A) ASKED FOR A REPORT ON "POSSIBLE PKK- 
ARMENIAN" LINKS AND INSTRUCTED EMBASSY YEREVAN TO 
"CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND TO KEEP 
US INFORMED."  WE RAISED THE SUBJECT WITH FOREIGN 
MINISTER PAPAZYAN JULY 26 AND HE SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN 
ASKED THE SAME THING BY JOURNALISTS DURING HIS RECENT 
TRIP TO THE U.S.  HIS ANSWER IS  (AND WAS) THAT "THERE 
ARE NO LINKS OF ANY KIND BETWEEN THE PKK AND THE 
GOVERNMENT OF ARMENIA, ALTHOUGH THERE MIGHT BE SUCH 
LINKS BETWEEN CERTAIN OPPOSITION GROUPS SUCH AS THE 
DASHNAKS."  WHEN WE ASKED HIM WHETHER HE WAS TALKING 
ABOUT THE DASHNAKS HERE OR THOSE AT PARTY HEADQUARTERS 
IN ATHENS, HE REPLIED "THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE." 
 
3. THIS REPLY IS CONSISTENT WITH RESPONSES WE HAVE 
GOTTEN FROM SENIOR GOA OFFICIALS FOR MORE THAN A YEAR 
NOW, NOT ONLY REGARDING THE PKK BUT ALSO REGARDING ALL 
SORTS OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, AND PARTICULARLY THE 
ASALA.  REFTEL (B) WAS THIS EMBASSY'S ATTEMPT TO TRACK 
DOWN THE BASIS OF RUMORS IN TURKEY ABOUT A PKK MAGAZINE 
BEING PUBLISHED IN ARMENIA.  IT TURNS OUT THAT THE 
MAGAZINE ONLY PUBLISHED TWO ISSUES, THAT THE VAST 
MAJORITY OF THE KURDS IN ARMENIA ARE NON-MUSLIM (AND 
APOLITICAL) YEZIDIS, AND THAT THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF 
THIS MAGAZINE - ALTHOUGH PRONE TO EXAGGERATE THE LEVEL 
OF POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG ARMENIA'S SMALL 
KURDISH COMMUNITY - ADMITTED THAT THERE WAS NO PKK 
ACTIVITY INSIDE ARMENIA.  (COMMENT:  THIS MAKES SENSE; 
AT A TIME WHEN THE GOA IS TRYING TO DO ALL WITHIN ITS 
POWER TO ACHIEVE NORMAL RELATIONS WITH TURKEY, WHY 
WOULD IT WANT TO PROVOKE TURKEY BY ALLOWING PKK 
ACTIVITY WITHIN ITS BORDERS?  FURTHERMORE, THE GOA IS 
MAKING A MAXIMUM EFFORT TO CONFISCATE WEAPONRY OF ALL 
TYPES FROM CIVILIANS AND PUT IT INTO THE HANDS OF THE 
"PROPER" AUTHORITIES;  WHY WOULD IT COUNTENANCE THE 
TRAINING OF TERRORISTS WHO COULD ONE DAY BE TURNED 
AGAINST ANY TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY?) 
 
4. REFTEL (C) WAS AN OFFER TO DEMARCHE THE GOA ABOUT 
THE ALEGED PKK PRESENCE IN A SPECIFIC REGION AS 
REPORTED BY EMBASSY BAKU IN BAKU 0070.  ACCORDING TO 
OUR RECORDS, THE DEPARTMENT NEVER REPLIED TO THIS 
MESSAGE.  BUT WE HAVE BROUGHT UP THE SUBJECT OF 
TERRORISM ON A REGULAR BASIS WITH A RANGE OF SENIOR 
OFFICIALS, ALL OF WHOM CONDEMN THE ASALA AND ALL OF ITS 
COUSINS IN THE TERRORIST WORLD.  THEIR ONE REGRET IN 
THIS AREA IS THAT -- AS THEY SEE IT -- THERE IS 
PRECIOUS LITTLE THEY CAN DO IF, FOR EXAMPLE,  THE 
DASHNAKS LIVING IN IRAN WANT TO FINANCE, TRAIN, OR 
EQUIP TERRORIST UNITS OPERATING - ILLEGITIMATELY AND IN 
DIRECT OPPOSITION TO GOA POLICY - IN THE NAME OF THE 
ARMENIAN PEOPLE. 
 
 
GILMORE 

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