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Senator Says Turkey Violates Law

October 7, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _Turkey has secretly deployed more than 200 U.S.-supplied tanks, 400 armored personnel carriers and other equipment in northern Cyprus in violation of U.S. law, Sen. Alfonse D’Amato said Wednesday.

D’Amato, R-N.Y., called the information ``extremely troubling″ and said it complicates administration efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement.

He outlined his concerns in letters to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Defense Secretary William Cohen.

State and Defense Department officials were unavailable for comment.

In addition to the tanks and APCs, D’Amato said, Turkey has deployed dozens of TOW anti-tank missiles and self-propelled howitzers in northern Cyprus, which has been under Turkish military occupation since 1974.

He said the weaponry has been deployed since 1994 ``to modernize and reinforce the Turkish Army illegally occupying northern Cyprus.″

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