Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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E.O. 12958: N/A
JUNE 14-15, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for June 14-15, 2003. Please note that Turkish
press reports ofteb contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized here.


1. Evrensel/ The women and students in Ankara,
Izmir, Adana, Van and Hakkari held a meeting and
asked for a general amnesty. The women sent fax
messages to the President, Prime Minister, the
Head of the GNA and to TGS and asked for the
solution of the Kurdish problem.

2. Dunya/ Some explosions and fire have been
reported in the Kerkuk-Yumurtalik gas pipeline.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul announced that he
thinks the explosion is the result of sabotage.
Hidir Aziz, an Iraqi said " the Iraqis came and
installed the bomb. They don't want the Americans
to run oil to Turkey." On the other hand, a press
spokesman for the US Army announced that the
explosions occurred due to some leakage of gas."

3. Bolge/ The Association of National
Independence Army in Adana declared that it would
hurt Turkey if the US Parliament accepted the
Armenian Massacre Law. Selahattin Gungor, the
Head of the association, stressed his regrets
about the law.

4. Evrensel/Serdar Tanis, The head of Hadep in
Silopi and Ebubekir Deniz, the secretary of HADEP
in Silopi have been reported lost for nearly
three years. Tahir Elci, their attorney asked for
a detailed investigation but his appeal has been
rejected. He was told their file was marked
Secret and no investigation could be done on

their file.


Turkiye/ The businessmen who have investments
in the Diyarbakir Organized Industrial Zone got
together and started an association(DOSIAD). The
Head of the association is Muhittin Bal.

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