Turkey accuses US of meeting with far-left group in Syria

Turkey’s interior minister said on Tuesday that the U.S. met with the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) organization in Syria two weeks ago.

The MLKP is outlawed in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organization.

In an interview to Turkish broadcaster Haber Turk, Suleyman Soylu said: “14 days ago in Syria, Americans met with MLKP [which Turkey already eliminated in the rural areas] and we know what was discussed then.”

MLKP was formed in September 1994, through the unification of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist – Hareketi (TKP/ML-Hareketi) and Communist Workers Movement of Turkey (TKİH). TKP/ML-Hareketi was the larger of the two. Both groups came from the pro-Albanian camp (Hoxhaist). The unity process of negotiations between the groups had started in 1989. Initially, MLKP called itself MLKP-Kuruluş (MLKP-Foundation).

In September 1995, at the first congress of MLKP-K, the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (New Build-Up Organization) (TKP/ML (YİÖ)) merged into the party, and the name was changed to MLKP. Later the same year a split occurred, and the Communist Party – Build-up Organization (KP-İÖ) was formed.