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Sunday, May 9, 1999 Published at 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK


World: Europe

Turkey accuses Iran


The Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, has accused Iran of trying to export its own Islamist ideology to Turkey.

His remarks follow demonstrations inside Iran in favour of a Turkish member of parliament, Merve Kavakci, who was banned from the chamber for attempting to wear an Islamic headscarf there in defiance of Turkey's secular tradition.

Mr Ecevit also again accused Iran of helping the separatist Kurdish guerrillas of the PKK in areas along the Turkish Iranian border, saying such actions did not confirm to good neighbourly ties.

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