Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
JUNE 27, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for June 27, 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. Turkiye, Bolge, / Prime Minister Erdogan is
visiting Adana on June 29. He will be
attending his party's annual convention.
Mr. Abdullah Dogru seems to be the
strongest candidate for the head of AK
Party Adana Branch heading into the

3. Bolge, / Thirty children in Sanliurfa have
been trained as assistant tourist guides by
the government and security forces to help
the tourists in the area. The tourists
welcome the action.

4. Hurriyet, / The 13-year-old girl from
Mardin who was regularly raped by 28 people
(some of these were government officials)
during a 7-month time period wrote a letter
to the Minister of Justice and asked for
justice. All but one of the government
officials had been found "not guilty" and
returned to their jobs. The girl is in
Istanbul now, under the supervision of
psychologists and social workers.

5. Milliyet, / In Ceyhan, about 2000 people
still live in houses which were damaged
after the 1998 earthquake. Governor Kemal
Onal said these houses would be evacuated
by force, if necessary. The people do not
want to leave their homes.

6. Evrensel, / Seventy graduates from the
German Language Teaching Department of
Cukurova University insisted upon their
rights. They visited the local branch of
CHP and gave them a complaint letter. This
year graduates of this department are not
being appointed as German teachers by the
government. (Editor's comment: Graduates of
the language teaching departments get
appointed to their teaching jobs every

7. Evrensel, / In Batman, A man was not
allowed to give the name "Lorina Dila" to
his little girl. It means "The Lullaby of
the Soul" in Kurdish.

8. Milli Gazete, / A five-month-old baby died
at Adana Numune Hospital. The father claims
it was the fault of the doctor who refused
to treat his baby at the hospital because
the family did not pay him money by going
to his private clinic. The doctor denies
the charges.


9. Dunya, / The first four-star hotel in
Elazig "The Marathon Hotel" is opening in
August. Five million dollars have been
spent in the building of the hotel.

10. Dunya, / Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce is
organizing an "information day" for local
investors on July 3. Turkish and foreign
specialists will inform the investors about
marketing, business capital and human

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