Iran Accuses Turkey of Rounding up Iranians

Published May 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Iranian foreign ministry accused Turkey Monday of rounding up hundreds of Iranians in Istanbul, Radio Tehran reported. 

"The recent activities of the Turkish authorities, particularly the round-ups of Iranian citizens in Istanbul, are repugnant and contrary to diplomatic usage," it quoted ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi as saying. 

"Such behavior is unacceptable," Asefi said, adding that Turkish ambassador Turan Morali would be summoned Monday to be handed an official protest. 

Iranian media claimed that Istanbul police had arrested some 300 Iranians over the past few days, in the wake of Turkish press claims that Iran was linked to the murders of Turkish intellectuals. 

Tehran radio quoted Asefi as saying Friday that Iran had protested to Turkish authorities over the press reports. 

Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit last week accused Iran of displaying "less cooperation than one expects from a neighbor, or sometimes no cooperation at all. This upsets us very much," the Turkish leader added.  

Ecevit was speaking in the wake of a huge police operation, which according to media reports has resulted in the arrest of 17 people suspected of involvement in the murders of three Turkish intellectuals known for their fervent support of lay rights - TEHRAN (AFP) 

 

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