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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Ocalan: Turkish Government Wanted Me Dead

The founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, Abdullah Ocalan, expected no mercy from the enemies of his people. His fate will be like the fate of other heroes of national freedom movements in the second half of the 20th century, Ho Chi Minh, Patrick Lumumba, Che Guevara. The man who is a legend in his own lifetime agreed to an interview with the editor of Zavtra .

Alexander Prokhanov: Mr. Ocalan, Russian patriots have a deeply sympathetic attitude toward you and your actions. Our mutual enemies threaten you, want to lock you in jail and call you a terrorist. Your comrades-in-arms are setting themselves on fire in order to draw the world's attention to the tragedy of the Kurds. In these circumstances, how do you feel, physically and morally?

Abdullah Ocalan: Since October 1998, Turkey, with the support of the U.S. and Israel, has planned to fire rockets at whatever country I found myself in, and they've threatened to overthrow the present Syrian government. In order to subvert these plans I returned to a country where I could get principled support - to Russia. I landed in Moscow.

However our proposals were not met with sympathy in the higher echelons of power, with the exception of the State Duma. We found ourselves in a difficult situation and I was forced to head to Rome.

I am grateful to the Italian state and people but my appeals to the European Union didn't bring about the desired results. The U.S. and Turkey harshly demanded my extradition and immediate punishment for the "Kurdish terrorists." It's like some kind of hideous farce. My people's executioners were trying to assume the role of innocent victims. They continued to pressure and blackmail Italy. The European Union put the contacts we had begun with them on hold, and the decision was made to deport me outside of Europe.

Moreover the Turkish authorities were planning to have me executed as the leader of the Kurdish national freedom movement. The Turkish president and prime minister talked about this practically every day.

We had to mobilize all our strength and resources so as to prevent that threat from being carried out.

They've made it clear: There isn't a place in the world where my security could be guaranteed. They hinted that the situation that has developed historically for the Kurds will remain for a long time. However the Kurdish problem has to be resolved and it will be resolved by my people. I will fight for that persistently and to the end.

Zavtra, Feb. No. 6.

Primakov Led Refusal

According to Kommersant's sources, Russian and American oil kings have worked out a plan to divide up Caspian oil: Kazakh oil to Russia, Azeri to Turkey. In Davos, Yevgeny Primakov approved the plan at a meeting with Richard Matzke, head of the American company Chevron. Matzke believes that the plan was Primakov's initiative. By refusing Kurd leader Abdullah Ocalan political refugee status, Russia has taken its first step in carrying out this plan.

Last fall, when Ankara began its unprecedented hunt for the leader of the Kurds, Ocalan, he tried to move his command to Russia. On Nov. 4, the State Duma voted all but unanimously to grant Ocalan political immunity. But neither the president nor the government allowed this to go ahead.

Ocalan's second attempt to base himself in Russia after he was deported from Italy in the middle of January was also unsuccessful. Ocalan named Primakov as the main opponent to him becoming a refugee.

Turning away Turkey's No. 1 public enemy was not only the first step toward Ankara, but also toward fulfillment of the plan to split up the Caspian Sea.

The plan is this. Russia is to support the construction of an oil pipe, which previously it had tried to impede, from Baku through Georgia to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. In exchange Turkey is obliged not to limit the passage of Russian supertankers carrying Kazakh oil through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles.

Chevron's chief Richard Matzke spoke of this when he arrived in the Transcaucasus to discuss the plan in Tbilisi and Baku. ... Matzke even suggested that the compromise plan emanated from Primakov himself.

Kommersant, Feb. 22.

Luzhkov's Outrage

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov considered the event [the storming of the Greek Embassy by Kurds] as a crime, classifying it as an "attack by bandits."

"The criminals who carried out this attack will incur the punishment they deserve," said Luzhkov.

"We will do everything ... so that such actions never happen again," said Luzhkov.

In connection with this, the head of Moscow police announced yesterday that security had been stepped up for all diplomatic representatives.

Segodnya, Feb. 17.