Sunday, February 21, 1999 Published at 19:29 GMT
Turkish troops leave Iraq
PKK members protest in northern Iraq
Turkey has ended its operations against Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
Mr Ocalan's Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) is fighting for an independent homeland in south-eastern Turkey, which borders on Iraq.
Military officials said that a substantial amount of equipment had been recovered.
Mr Ecevit said such operations were occasionally necessary because "the vacuum of authority in northern Iraq is very conducive for terrorist hideouts".
He has now offered job training to Kurds who co-operate with the authorities.
Observers say the clemency offer may tempt some junior PKK members.
But the PKK leadership has urged Kurds to attack Turkish state institutions until Mr Ocalan is released to appear before an international court.
Hundreds of riot police have been deployed in a volatile and angry neighbourhood.
In Diyarbakar, the main city in south-eastern Turkey, the PKK has called for shops and offices to close for three days.
Protests also continue in France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Turkey says its operations against the PKK are a battle against terrorism, and foreign interference will not be tolerated as it prepares to put Mr Ocalan on trial.
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.
Mr Ecevit has given a personal assurance that Mr Ocalan will be safe in Turkish custody.
However, human rights groups accuse Turkey of already violating the law by refusing Mr Ocalan access to a lawyer of his choosing.