Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
AUGUST 08, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for August 08, 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. Evrensel / A group of DEHAP (Democratic
People's Party) members who were arrested
for attending Ismet Baycan's funeral were
released. Mr. Baycan died in Mus Prison.

3. Evrensel / In Tatvan/Bitlis a group of
villagers who wanted to raid the DEHAP
Tatvan Office claimed that Turkish soldiers
told them to raid the office or else they
would be evacuated from their villages.
Sabahattin Ozel, Head of DEHAP in Tatvan,
convinced the villagers to return to their
houses and prevented the raid.

4. Turkiye, Milliyet / Gendarme Forces found
about 120,000 root hemp in Diyarbakir and

5. Hurriyet / Mehmet Besir, AK Party MP for
Mardin, announced that the attack against
the policemen in Nusaybin/Mardin sabotages
peace in the region.


6. Milli Gazete / In Nusaybin/Mardin a new
multi-purpose social center has opened.
The center will primarily teach reading,
writing, and preserving of fruits and
vegetables to the women in the area.

7. Turkiye / Baki Turkoglu, AK Party MP for
Elazig, stated that they need about 5.7
million US dollars to restore Elazig

8. Cumhuriyet / Turkish Mine Research Center
found copper reservoirs in Elazig. They
had been searching for copper in the area
for three years.

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