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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0202

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
JULY 25, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for July 25, 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.


POLITICAL, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS


2. Turkiye / An earthquake of 4.0 has been
reported in Kadirli/Osmaniye on July 25 at
12.34 am. No damage or loss of life has
been reported.


3. Turkiye, Bolge / Two young men found eight
fetuses at the Cukurova University refuse
area. Fetuses were in plastic buckets,
which belong to Cukurova University
Pathology Departmen, and their internal
organs had been emved
. uriye Blge/ ecuit foce fond1
mllion oot hepinGen/Bngo. he oos
ae sidto elng KKKADK andthy ae
gow tomae marijuana. Officials say tha
their value is more than $700,000.


5. Turkiye, Milli Gazete / Security officials
found about 21,000 packets of cigarettes
and 3,220 liters of diesel which were
illegally brought in Turkey from Iran. Two
people are under police custody for
questioning.


6. Dunya / The land in Turkish-Syrian border
will be used for farming after the
clearance of the landmines. Agriculture
officials say that it would be great for
the economy because the area is flat, has
no water problems and it's been resting for
a long time, which is good for farming.


7. Bolge, Gunaydin, Hurriyet / Pharmacists in
Adana sent faxes to the Prime Minister to
claim their payments from the government.
(Editor's Note: The government owes back
payments for prescriptions filled under
social security programs).


8. Bolge / Gaziantep Security officials found
$2,500 in counterfeit 100 USD notes. A man
is still being questioned. Police are
looking for two men related to the case.


9. Gunaydin, Hurriyet / There were two
ceremonies at Ataturk Park yesterday. The
celebration of the 95th anniversary of the
free press and the celebration of the
anniversary of Lausanne Peace Agreement.
NGOs and some kindergartens attended the
ceremonies.


10. Gunaydin / Esat Bala, the owner of the Bala
shoe factory announced that they are
exporting shoes to Greece, Israel, Jordan
and Dubai. "This will create more jobs in
the shoe factories and workshops", Bala
stated.


11. Milli Gazete / Government Health
Authorities in Siirt started a new project
for fighting against Malaria in the region.
Fifty Malaria technicians are visiting all
the villages in the region and taking blood
samples. Out of 6,300 blood samples 18
malaria cases were discovered. Emre Omur,
Head of the Siirt Health Authority stated
that their aim is to completely get rid of
malaria in the region.
12. Milli Gazete / Fifty caves in Hasankeyf/
Batman are going to be used as apart
hotels.


13. Evrensel / NGOs, political parties and
people walked in Diyarbakir to announce
that US Government can not help with the
Kurdish problem. Serdal Savas, the
spokesman of Diyarbakir Democracy Platform
stated that government's policy is to leave
the Kurdish problem with the United States
Government. "This is very dangerous" Savas
added.


14. Hurriyet / Necati Hancerlioglu, Head of
TEDAS (Turkish Electric Distribution
Company) officially reported to the court
that he has been threatened. In his report
he says one of the rich clients is talking
about finding a person to kill him for 5
billion TL. Hancerlioglu is known to be
very effective in decreasing the number of
the unauthorized electric users in Mersin.
(The unauthorized electric using rate was
%59 when he took over the job in March
2003. Now it is %16). A hired assassin
before had killed Hasan Balikci, assistant
manager of TEDAS in Urfa, who was known to
fight against unauthorized usage of
electricity.
HART

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