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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0401

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
NOVEMBER 25, 2002

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for November 25, 2002. Please note that Turkish
press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized here.


POLITICS, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
--------------------------------


2. VILLAGE RETURN FIGURES
(Radikal) Official figures say 380,000 people
migrated from Southeastern villages beginning in
1991, when clashes intensified and when village
evacuations and burnings became a common
practice, due to alleged logistical support to
the PKK. According to human rights
organizations, as many as three million people
may have migrated from their villages, with over
4,000 villages emptied. Villagers who agreed to
become village guards were allowed to stay in
their villages. According to the Interior
Ministry, 51,152 evacuees have returned to 9,082
homes in eleven State of Emergency (OHAL) and
adjacent provinces over the past two years under
the Village Return Project. However, in a recent
Istanbul meeting, Human Rights Watch Turkey
Officer Jonathan Sugden indicated the project was
far from solving evacuees' problems. Attorneys
from the Working Group formed by the Diyarbakir
Bar Association petitioned the administrative
courts in provinces where evacuees faced
difficulties, to initiate prosecution (against
local authorities), claiming evacuees' property
rights were ignored.


3. MOBILE COMMAND VEHICLE
(Turkiye) The Health Ministry sent a TL 156
billion (approx. USD 100,000) Mobile Command
Vehicle to the Diyarbakir Health Directorate to
be used under war conditions. Increased
activities continue in Diyarbakir due to the
possible U.S. operation against Iraq. The
vehicle, which includes a digital camera system,
30,000-kilometer wireless system, automatic
satellite antenna and telephones, will be sent to
the border during such an operation.


4. ANTI-YOK AND ANTI-U.S. PROTESTS
(Evrensel) A group called "the Gaziantep
University Democrat Students" held a press
conference during which they protested the Higher
Education Council (YOK) and the U.S. Several
labor unions and political parties supported the
protest. The protest ended after the group
shouted such slogans as "No to YOK and war," "We
want a budget for education, not war" and "We
want mother-tongue education."
Similar demonstrations were held by the Adana and
Tunceli chapters of the Teachers Union Egitim-Sen
to protest pressures and exiles facing teachers,
war and the IMF.


5. CONTINUED PRO-OCALAN PROTESTS
(Evrensel) Hundreds of Siirt youths staged a
demonstration to Protest PKK leader Abdullah
Ocalan's isolation by pouring gasoline and
burning streets, closing roads to traffic, and
shouting pro-Ocalan slogans. Following the
demonstration, police took tight security
measures. In Bostanici (Van), a group of youths
staged a demonstration to mark the anniversary of
the founding of the PKK. They marched, shouting
the "Freedom to Ocalan" slogan. They then
dispersed when police arrived.
ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS
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6. BUSINESS WORLD OPTIMISTIC ABOUT GOVERNMENT
PROGRAM
(Dunya) Business leaders, including Gaziantep
Organized Industrial Zone President Akif Ekici,
Gaziantep Commodity Exchange President Omer
Celik, Southeastern Anatolia Exporters' Union
President Abdulkadir Cikmaz, Gaziantep Young
Businessmen's Association (GAGIAD) board member
Turgut Ercan, Gaziantep Free Zone Corporation
President Mehmet Ozmen and Mersin Chamber of
Commerce and Industry President Kadri Saman,
reacted positively to the new government's
program announced at the Parliament.
HOLTZ

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