Greece to extradite leader of terrorist group to Turkey
Following a meeting in early March between Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish-Greek relations have continued to improve with Greece now planning to extradite to Turkey a leader of the terrorist Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP).
Reports said in addition to MLKP leader Zeki Gurbuz, the country has captured a person identified as S.E., a member of the terrorist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).
Greece is planning to return these two men, according to reports, in strong contrast with past years when the country had refused to extradite any suspects being sought by Turkey.
The MLKP's Gurbuz, according to intelligence reports, has connections to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). He in fact even arranged arms training for MLKP militants at the PKK's Gare base in northern Iraq. Gurbuz has consistently been able to escape at the last minute from operations conducted to capture him. Most recently, he was able to escape a 2006 operation in which most MLKP leaders were arrested, dealing a severe blow to the organization.
In 2012, police trying to capture Gurbuz raided four cell houses, failing to find him each time.
Erdogan and Samaras held a meeting in Istanbul on March 4. A number of issues were taken up, including Cyprus. Both prime ministers said they are determined to overcome their differences on the decades-old problem through dialogue.
Samaras noted that a fair settlement on Cyprus would also open Turkey's path to the 27-member European Union and improve cooperation and friendship. Samaras also promised support during the March 4 meeting. He said: “Terrorist events do not only have negative consequences for Turkey and Greece, but also have consequences that disturb the whole world. We must fight against it.”
Friday, March 15, 2013