Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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E.O. 12958: N/A
JULY 10, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for July 10, 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. Milliyet, Bolge / Ilker Alptug, a
university student at Cag University found
dead at an American teacher's house who
teaches English at Incirlik Base School.
The student and the teacher have known each
other for several years. Smith was on
vacation in the US during the incident. He
had given his keys for his house to the
student before he left for US.

3. Milliyet / Two soldiers who were killed by
the PKK/KADEK terrorists during the
attempted assassination for the Governor of
Tunceli had bulletproof jackets on. A
Turkish Security official announced that
all soldiers had bulletproof jackets on and
without them there would have been more
loss of life.

4. Bolge / Kemal Onal, the Governor of Adana
started an investigation into the murder of
the attorney Mehmet Sayis, who was killed
in front of his house on July 1. Ziya
Dilmen, the head of the Department of
Smuggling and Organized Crimes is claimed
to be involved in the murder and was the
first to be questioned.

5. Hurriyet / A group of PKK/KADEK terrorists
blocked Tunceli-Pertek road yesterday.
After propagandizing people for PKK they
released the cars and allowed people to go.

6. Hurriyet / Members of the Clean Society
Association gathered in a park in Adana and
shouted "Long live Turkey " and "America
go to hell", while they kicked an effigy of
the American President George Bush.

7. Milli Gazete / The rate of divorce is
growing in the Southeast. Meral Danis,
attorney of Diyarbakir Bar, described that
as the awakening of the Southeastern women.
" In most cases the reason is the beating
of the women by the husband" Danis added.

8. Evrensel / A group of young people
collected 8000 signatures for peace and
general amnesty. They wanted to send the
signatures to the government officials in
Ankara. During a fight with the police, 25
members of the group were taken under
police custody.

9. Evrensel / Four members of DEHAP
(Democratic People's Party) were arrested
due to the help and support they gave to
PKK/KADEK terrorists.


10. Gunaydin, Bolge, Milliyet / Cukurova
Industry and Commerce Fair will take place in
the North Adana between the dates of October 6
and 12. Saban Bas, the head of the Chamber of
Commerce in Adana announced that they are
planning to internationalize the fair once the
necessary criteria are accomplished.

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