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Cablegate: Soutehast Turkey Press Summary,

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ADANA 0246

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTEHAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for September 17, 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, Tercuman, Sabah Guney / Ebru Demirkol,
financial assistant in Global Exchange, is now
in prison. Demirkol was accused of investing
$570,000 of her clients' money in her own name.


3. Turkiye, Tercuman / A medical doctor in the
Adana State Hospital, is accused of taking
money from one of his patients for an
operation. (Editor's Note: Patients under
social security system do not pay for their
treatments and operations in the State
hospitals).


4. Evrensel / Cemil Taskiran, Head of Tarsus Kasim
Ekenler High School, has been removed from his
position for no particular reason by local AKP
officials. Taskiran accused the officials of
abusing his rights and added that he is going
to sue the municipality education officials.


5. Evrensel / Mersin police detained the head and
assistant head of Mersin Democratic People's
Party (DEHAP) after their press conference
which addressed Abdullah Ocalan's health.

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6. Bolge / Izzet Kutukoglu, Manager of Cultural
Affairs in Van, has been removed from his post
for the 13th time. Kutukoglu accused government
officials of making this political. (Editor's
Note: After each time Kutukoglu was
removed from his position, he applied to the
high court and was reappointed to his former
position).


ECONOMIC


7. Bolge / Adana Pepsi Company claims 50% of their
export sales are for the American soldiers in
Iraq.
REID

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