Turkish Daily Claims Armenia Concerned Over Kurd Arrest

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The English-language Turkish Daily News reported that Turkey’s neighbors–including Armenia–were allegedly concerned over the recent arrest by Turkish officials of a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader–the Istanbul-based Marmara reported Thursday.

The reason for the so-called concern was that Turkey’s neighbors–among them Iran–Armenia and Greece–were reportedly worried about information that the number two man at the PKK Semdin Sakik–also known as "Fingerless Zeki"–would provide to Turkish authorities who arrested him from a Kurdish camp in Northern Iraq.

The Turkish Daily News went on to allege that its neighbors were sanctioning PKK training camp–adding that Armenia harbored seven camps–while Iran had 11–Russia four and Cyprus one.

The newspaper also reported that Greece was most concerned about these events since the PKK camp in Cyprus allegedly trained guerrillas.

Greece was also alleged to have been in a bind with its European Union allies–since it has purportedly encouraged PKK camps–in order for the Kurds to carry out so-called "acts" within Turkey.

According to the newspaper–numerous countries have begun destroying documen’s and evidence linking them to the PKK following the Sakik’s arrest–among them Syria which blamed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan for his carelessness in allowing an individual like Sakik to be captured by Turkey.

Iran and Armenia have continuously denied sanctioning PKK camps in their countries.

Turkish troops Monday captured Sakik in a raid in northern Iraq so secret that even Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz was kept in the dark until it was over.

Security sources said an army special forces team grabbed the former PKK field commander outside a house in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk.

"He was brought back to Turkey and is now under interrogation by special forces," a military source told Reuters.

Sakik is the PKK’s most feared commander.

He surrendered last month to Iraq’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) militia allied to Turkey–after PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan had threatened him with death in a dispute over tactics.

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