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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0248

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for September 20-22, 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. Ekspres, Bolge, Turkiye / American R. Gilvray
Ronald, an investment counselor at Incirlik and
former boyfriend of Meryem Martin, was
assaulted at Baraj woods in Adana. Martin
convinced Ronald to go to the Baraj Woods in
Adana where five men beat him up. After the
attack, Martin dropped him off near the Seyhan
Hotel. Ronald's secretary took him to Adana
Numune Hospital for emergency treatment. Then
he went to the police to make a complaint about
Meryem Martin, who he believes arranged for the
five men to beat him.


3. Evrensel / Adana Anti-War Platform is
organizing a meeting in Adana on September 27,
known as the "Support Day" for Palestine.
Human Rights Organization and some workers'
Unions will give support for the meeting.


4. Bolge / W. Scott Reid, the new US Consul in
Adana, visited Sahabettin Ozarslaner, Mayor of
Van. Ozarslaner and Reid exchanged ideas about
the problems, investments and possible projects
of local governments.


ECONOMIC


5. Sabah Guney / A fifteen member delegation from
Syria, including some governors, mayors and
heads of chamber of commerce, visited Sanliurfa
Governor Sukru Kocatepe.


TOURISM and CULTURE


6. Cumhuriyet / During the excavation works in
Gobeklitepe, Sanliurfa province, a group of
German and Turkish archeologists discovered a
temple from the Neolithic Age which is believed
to be the biggest known temple in the world.
REID

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