Sunday, March 7, 1999 Published at 03:47 GMT
Kurdish threat over PM's trip
Kurds around the world are continuing their protests
Kurdish rebels have threatened to punish anyone who meets the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, when he visits the mainly Kurdish southeast region on Sunday.
It is the first visit to the region by a senior Turkish politician since the arrest last month of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Investment, but no politics
The prime minister is due to travel to the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir where he will discuss details of an economic investment programme for the region.
But Mr Ecevit is not offering political change to the many Kurds who remain disaffected. The state continues to frown on Kurdish political activity.
Turkey's main legal Kurdish political party, Hadep, says its members and local offices are facing constant police pressure in the run-up to next month's general and local elections.
State prosecutors are trying to prevent Hadep participating at all. They allege the party is directly linked to the PKK.
BBC Ankara Correspondent Chris Morris says if Hadep does take part it will probably emerge comfortably as the region's biggest party which would cause great embarrassment to the prime minister.
It said the PKK was instigating "terrorist acts" from western Europe through publications and the London-based Kurdish television channel, Med-TV, which broadcasts to Turkey.
"It is our firm conviction that the network of violence and organised crime which remains in Europe should be dismantled," Mr Ecevit added.
However, the letter was not sent to Greece, which gave Mr Ocalan shelter at a diplomatic residence in Nairobi before his capture last month.