Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
AUGUST 01, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for August 01, 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. Cumhuriyet / For the first time in 15 years
an anesthetist was appointed to Mardin
State Hospital.

3. Dunya / "%75 of the malaria cases occur in
the Southeast of Turkey", stated The GAP
Health Report. According to the report the
region is desperately in need of medical
doctors and health personnel and most
contagious diseases are reported in this
part of Turkey.

4. Turkiye / Hikmet Tan, Governor of Van
announced that PKK members who would
benefit from the Amnesty Law will be housed
in Vanspor Social Center during their
questioning. After their investigation the
ones who did not commit any crime will be
released. It is reported that a great
number of PKK members are at the border to
benefit from the Amnesty Law.


5. Bolge / Kerkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline will
not open until October 2003 due to some
construction problems. (Editor's Note:
There has been sabotage to the pipeline on
June 12)

6. Milliyet, Express, Radikal, / A team of
about fifty Turkish cooks were sent to Iraq
to cook for the American soldiers. The
cooks were chosen among the retired cooks
and their assistants from Incirlik Base.

7. Dunya / Selim Arpaci, Head of Pistachio Nut
Research Center in Antep announced that
they will get a better crops if they use
the modern and scientific techniques in

8. Cumhuriyet / Munzur Nature and Culture
Festival in Tunceli has started under very
strict security measures. Festival will
last four days. Some music groups, authors
and artists will be visiting Tunceli during
the festival.

9. Gunaydin, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Bolge,
Turkiye / Hasan Aslan from Karatas grew
the first cotton crops in Adana.
Cukobirlik purchased his first crops for
12,600,000 TL per kilogram.


According to Gila Benmayor from Hurriyet Koc
Holding, Ramstores, and AvrAsya Building
Construction Company are interested in doing
business in Syria. Benmayor stated that Syria
has problems in its financial sector. There is
only one official Bank in Syria, which is The
Central Bank of Syria. Just recently three more
banks were given permission to start business,
which were from Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi
Arabia. Benmayor stated that Kocbank is
planning to open a branch in Syria. Ramstore
also had similar plans but due to the Iraqi war
they decided to wait.

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