Saturday, February 20, 1999 Published at 19:22 GMT
Turkish PM urges 'repentance'
Kurdish anger outside the Turkish embassy in Tehran
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit has appealed to Kurdish fighters loyal to Abdullah Ocalan to surrender in exchange for a more lenient punishment.
"Youths hiding in mountains and in caves, come and find refuge with the justice system," said Mr Ecevit. "The state will provide every kind of security measures for you."
But Mr Ocalan's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Saturday urged Kurds to attack Turkish state institutions until Mr Ocalan is released to appear before an international court.
Mr Ecevit's offer came as protests continued around the world over Mr Ocalan's capture in Kenya this week.
In Iran, some 3,000 demonstrators converged near the Turkish consulate in the city of Urumiyeh, two days after protesters tried to storm the building.
And about 1,000 Kurds gathered in Bonn to mourn the three Ocalan supporters shot dead as they tried to break into the Israeli consulate in Berlin. Thousands of Kurds are also marching through London.
Attacks on rebel bases
Meanwhile, Turkish troops and war planes are launching attacks on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq for the fifth day running.
About 10,000 troops are thought to be involved in the operation. But military officials said on Saturday that 4,000 Turkish troops had been pulled back.
Baghdad, which has nominal sovereignty over northern Iraq but no presence there, has strongly condemned the incursion.
Mr Ocalan was seized by Turkish agents on Tuesday after a fortnight staying in the Greek embassy in Nairobi.
He is being held on the high security prison island, Imrali, south of Istanbul.
However, human rights groups accuse Turkey of already violating the law by refusing Mr Ocalan access to a lawyer of his choosing.