Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
JUNE 24, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for June 24, 2003. Please note that Turkish
press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized here.


2. Milli Gazete, Bolge / The workers who had
been fired from CEAS are organizing to ask
for their rights. 1400 workers had lost
their jobs without any particular reason
when Uzan family took over the factory.

3. Turkiye, / 185 Afghans were caught in Van;
they were thought to have entered Turkey
from Iran illegally.

4. Turkiye, / In Urfa the government asked the
village guards to protect BOTAS Pipeline.
The guards said they guard to provide peace
and security in their area. "Guarding the
pipeline is not our job", they added.

5. Milliyet, Hurriyet / EU will send 500
million Euros to the Southeast each year
until 2006. EU is also appropriating 9
million Euros for education in Diyarbakir.

6. Milliyet, /In an interview on CNN Turk, The
chairman of DEHAP Mr. Bakirhan says they
are ready to be the mediator between KADEK
and The Turkish Government. Bakirhan says
they will not only concentrate on the
Kurdish problem, but the problems of Turkey
as a whole.

7. Evrensel, / 140 families in Sirnak want to
return to their villages. The government
wouldn't let them, so the Human Rights
Organization in Diyarbakir is evaluating
the problem with the government

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