Diary: Pirelli turns to Walker amid potential Turkish crisis

IPR president Peter Walker was advising on brand protection amid an international dispute two weeks ago.

IPR president Peter Walker was advising on brand protection amid an

international dispute two weeks ago.



He was on an official visit to address Turkish PR association the PRCi

when public anger against Italy’s refusal to extradite Kurdish guerrilla

leader Abdullah Ocalan ran high. The Turkish government has accused

Ocalan of murdering 30,000 people. Italy, which arrested him on 12

November for being an illegal immigrant, refused to extradite him

because Turkey retains the death penalty.



During the trip Walker was contacted by Italian manufacturer Pirelli to

advise Pirelli’s Turkish management on what was for them an impending

crisis. ’It doesn’t matter if it’s international terrorism, or the

pursuit of unpopular heads of state, there is always a fallout which

impacts on trade and few companies are prepared for it,’ Walker said. He

advised the company to focus media attention on the fact that most of

its shareholders are Turkish and that it has hundreds of Turkish

employees.



Will he be going to Chile to protect British interest there as the

Pinochet dispute wrangles on?



’No I am not, my Turkish is bad but my Spanish is even worse,’ he

replies.



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