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Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Published at 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK

World: Europe

Kurdish claim over Soysal's capture

The Kurdish community in the Republic of Moldova has accused the Moldovan secret services of abducting the separatist leader Cevat Soysal earlier this month in Moldova and transferring him to the Turkish secret services, which in turn flew him to Ankara.

The leader of the Moldovan Kurds, Mustafa Hamgin said today that his community would abide by the law, but he added that Kurds would defend themselves against what he called Turkey's terrorist activities.

The Moldovan Deputy Foreign Minister, Iurie Leanca, rejected the Kurdish claim, but said that Moldova was worried following the PKK's threats of reprisals.

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