Friday, August 20, 1999 Published at 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
BBC World Service

Governor of Turkish emergency region dies 


The man in charge of the mainly-Kurdish region under emergency rule in
south-east Turkey has died suddenly of a heart attack. 

The governor, Aydin Arslan, had been suffering from asthma and died as
he was being flown to the capital, Ankara, for treatment. 

Mr Arslan was forty-six and had been in charge of the emergency-rule
area, which is a stronghold of Kurdish rebels fighting for self-rule,
since 1997.
 
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