Ocalan Detailed Aid From Greece, Newspaper Says
Imprisoned rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has provided interrogators with a detailed accounting of Greek aid to his Kurdish guerrilla group, a Turkish newspaper reported Monday.
According to Hurriyet, a daily with close ties to the Turkish security establishment, Ocalan has told prosecutors that Greek support for his Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, was long-term and substantial and included rockets and other arms.
Turkey’s president, meanwhile, warned Greece against providing the PKK with further backing.
Greece “has to be included in a list of countries that support terrorism,” President Suleyman Demirel was quoted by Turkey’s Anatolian News Agency as saying during a visit to the Philippines. The United States, like Turkey, considers Ocalan’s group a terrorist organization.
Ocalan, captured in Kenya a week ago and taken to a Turkish prison island, is expected to stand trial for waging a 15-year war of insurrection that has claimed 30,000 lives.