US embassy cable - 94ANKARA3625

CONTACTS WITH THE PKK

Identifier: 94ANKARA3625
Wikileaks: View 94ANKARA3625 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Ankara
Created: 1994-03-24 15:17:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PTER TU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
P 241517Z MAR 94
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8002
INFO AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
AMCONSUL ADANA
EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
S E C R E T ANKARA 003625 
 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL: OADR 
TAGS: PTER, TU 
SUBJECT: CONTACTS WITH THE PKK 
 
REF: A) STATE 72605 (NOTAL); B) NICOSIA 1373 (NOTAL); 
C) ISTANBUL 895 (NOTAL) 
 
1.  SECRET - ENTIRE TEXT. 
 
2.  WE APPRECIATE DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE (REF A) 
REGARDING OFFICIAL USG CONTACTS WITH THE PKK.  IN OUR 
VIEW, IT IS LIKELY THAT PKK REPRESENTATIVES WILL 
CONTINUE, IF NOT EXPAND, THEIR ATTEMPTS TO MEET WITH 
U.S. AND OTHER WESTERN EMBASSY OFFICIALS TO PLEAD 
THEIR CASE.  IN VIEW, HOWEVER, OF THE ASSASSINATION IN 
CYPRUS OF THE LOCAL "KURDISTAN SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE" 
CHAIRMAN SHORTLY AFTER MEETING WITH EMBASSY NICOSIA 
POLOFF (REFTEL B)--AND THE FACT THAT BOTH THIS MEETING 
AND AN EARLIER ONE INVOLVING CONGEN ISTANBUL SAW US 
UNEXPECTEDLY CONFRONTED WITH PERSONS PURPORTING TO 
SPEAK FOR THE PKK--WE HAVE INSTRUCTED OUR EMBASSY 
STAFF AND CONSTITUENT POSTS HERE IN TURKEY TO TURN 
ASIDE, FOR THE MOMENT, ANY NEW APPROACHES FROM PERSONS 
PURPORTING TO SPEAK FOR THE PKK.  WE RECOMMEND THAT 
THE DEPARTMENT ISSUE FORMAL GUIDANCE IN THIS REGARD TO 
POSTS THROUGHOUT EUROPE, URGING THAT THESE POSTS ADOPT 
THE SAME APPROACH FOR THE TIME BEING. 
 
BARKLEY 

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