ANKARA: ‘Secret Services Used ASALA Terror as Cover’

Zaman, Turkey
Oct 8 2005

‘Secret Services Used Asala Terror as Cover’
By Ercan Gun
Published: Friday, October 07, 2005

It was claimed that some Turkish diplomats assassinated by the
Armenian terror organization, ASALA, were victimized due to the fight
among “secret services”.

In his last book, author Aydogan Vatandas handled the background of
the dark and secret ASALA acts. The book claims that there was a
relation between the assassinations of Turkish diplomats Bora
Suelkan, Ismail Erez and Galip Balkar.

According to the book, these assassinations were the outcomes of
spying activities during the post Cold War period. Vatandas started
his study from an official evaluation paper, which was discussed by
military sources years before it turned into a book. He worked on it
meticulously for ten years. The study will be the cover page of
Aksiyon magazine.

The book reveals how Abdullah Catli and idealist groups were
incorporated in the operations, as it highlights a new point about
the assassination of Bora Suelkan who was the administrative civil
servant in the Burgaz Embassy of Bulgaria. Vatandas divides attacks
towards Turkish diplomats as “Asala acts and Acts Committed under
ASALA’s name” and he claims that Suelkan was killed because he looked
like Mehmet Eymur.”

Eymur was an intelligence officer in Burgaz at the time. His mission
was to follow the Russian and Bulgarian activities in Bulgaria. In
the book, He leaks into the mafia there.

After a while, he understands there is the Russian Intelligence
Service (KGB) behind the pope’s assassination. Eymur makes an
interesting detection. Russians try to leak into Turkey and start a
nationalist movement via the mafia. According to Eymur, Russians try
to bring the idealists face to face with the security officials by
making provocative actions. After Eymur conveyed his analyses to the
National Intelligence Service (MIT) headquarters, trouble starts to
develop and his neighbor Suelkan, who looked like him is killed. It
claims that there is a link between Suelkan’s assassination and that
of Galip Balkar, Turkey’s ambassador to Belgrade on 9 March 1983 by
two terrorists.

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