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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0215

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
AUGUST 13, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for August 13, 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. Hurriyet / Turkish Security Forces take
extra precautions for possible August 15
attacks in the Southeast. August 15, 1984
is known as the date of the first attack of
PKK/KADEK in Southeast.


3. Hurriyet / Ebru Demirok, former financial
assistant of Global Stoks in Adana,
restricted by Turkish authorities from
leaving the country. Demirok disappeared
with some 2.5 million US dollars a few days
ago.


4. Milli Gazete, Turkiye / With the return of
about 47,000 people, 392 villages in
Diyarbakir came to life. Nusret Miroglu,
Governor of Diyarbakir, announced that they
have a project of bringing small villages
of three to four houses together so that
they can get better service. Miroglu also
stated that government helps the villagers
to rebuild or restore their houses.


5. Milli Gazete / There was a sound bomb
attack at the house of the relative of
Mehmet Nezir, Batman Parliament member, in
Batman.


6. Evrensel / Ferhat Tunc, folk singer,
criticized the government for not being
democratic. Government sued Tunc for
helping and supporting PKK due to the
supportive words he used for PKK during his
concert.


7. Bolge / HRO in Adana had a press meeting in
front of their office building in Adana.
After the speeches Mehmet Ocalan, brother
of Abdullah Ocalan, wanted to make a speech
but the police did not allow him to do
that.


8. Zaman / A suspicious package alarmed the
police in Adana yesterday. The package in
front of the Garanti Bank, Ataturk Street
Branch-which is very close to the US
Consulate in Adana, was opened by police
experts. The package was empty.


ECONOMIC


9. Milliyet, Radikal / Eight Cukobirlik top
managers face up to 15 years of
imprisonment. Between the years of 2000 and
2003 allegedly they misused the resources
of the factory.


10. Turkiye / Thirty businessmen from
Southeastern Anatolia Industrialists and
Businessmen's Association (GUNSIAD) plan a
business trip to Iraq to develop their
export capacities and the border trade.
HART

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