Turkish FM contacts Iran over PKK capture claims

Diplomatic officials said that Davutoglu called Salehi by phone and asked about news stories that Karayilan was captured in Iran.

Turkish FM contacts Iran over PKK capture claims

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akber Salehi told Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that they did not have information about capture of head of militant PKK Murat Karayilan by Iran.

Diplomatic officials said that Davutoglu called Salehi by phone and asked about news stories that Karayilan was captured in Iran.

Salehi told Davutoglu that they did not have such information.

Meanwhile Turkish ambassador in Tehran also spoke with Alaedin Boroujerdi, chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee. Boroujerdi told the Turkish Ambassador that he did not mention Karayilan was captured.

Earlier Iran's Fars News Agency quoted Alaedin Boroujerdi as saying that the second person in the PKK was captured by Iranian forces.

"Our country's intelligence forces have carried out an important task and have arrested the second person in the PKK," Boroujerdi said.

Another Iranian news provider, Mehr News Agency, said that Boroujerdi confirmed arrest of a senior member of the PKK in Iran.

According to the Mehr News Agency, Boroujerdi told reporters at a news conference that the PJAK terrorist organization staged several acts of terror in western Iran after arrest of the senior member of the PKK.

Yesterday, media organs gave place to allegations that Murat Karayilan was captured in Iran.

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Last Mod: 14 Ağustos 2011, 16:19
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