Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SEPTEMBER 16, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press
summary for September 16, 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. Turkiye / In Mersin province, security
officials found two members of Hizbullah.
Allegedly they are responsible for the
kidnapping of Ramazan Gumus and Huseyin

3. Evrensel / At a meeting in Diyarbakir, the
Diyarbakir Youth Platform announced that
they are against any decision to deploy
Turkish troops in Iraq. The group also
focused on the deteriorating health of
Abdullah Ocalan in prison and wanted better
conditions for him. Approximately 100
people attended the meeting.

4. Evrensel / An illiterate mother from Mersin
went to the Registration Office and wanted
to name her girl "Rewsen", a Kurdish name.
The officials denied her request and she was
offered a Turkish name, "Rahsan", instead.
She refused the Turkish name and the
officials gave her the ID card. When she
came home, she discovered that the ID card
had the Turkish name written on it.


5. Turkiye / As a result of 75 days of gravity
measurements and test work, Aladdin Middle East
Petrol Company found petrol in Karakilise,
Diyarbakir province.

6. Turkiye / Saban Bas, Head of the Adana
Chamber of Commerce, announced that the
International Industrial Fair scheduled from
October 6 to 12 in Adana, will provide 2
million dollars in aid for the Adana economy.

7. Bolge / Turkish Airlines (THY) started
direct flights between Adana and Izmir.
According to a THY spokesperson, flights will
be on Tuesdays and Thursdays departing from
Adana at 11:50 a.m and departing from Izmir at
9:30 a.m.

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