Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SEPTEMBER 25, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for September 25, 2003. Please note that
Turkish press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized


2. Zaman, Milli Gazete, Turkiye / In Divrigi and
Imranli, Sivas province, a 4.8 earthquake shook
the area. No loss of life has been reported.

3. Zaman, Bolge / The imprisonment verdict of
Adana Mayor Aytac Durak for misusing his
position in employing staff has been changed
into a fine.

4. Bolge, Evrensel, Turkiye, Sabah Guney / Adana
Anti-War Platform is organizing a meeting on
September 27. The group is known to be against
sending Turkish troops to Iraq.

5. Bolge, Evrensel / W. Scott Reid, US Consul in
Adana, visited Diyarbakir with Ken Kero, from
the State Department and Philip Kaplan, from
the American Embassy. The group visited the
Governor and Mayor of Diyarbakir.

6. Sabah Guney / Kristin L. Rebinson, a 22-year-
old American citizen from Incirlik, claimed
that Mustafa Katar, a merchant in Incirlik
village, sexually assaulted her in his shop.

7. Sabah Guney / Dr. Oguz Zafer Karahan in
Iskenderun announced that there are leishmania
cases in Arsuz, Iskenderun. Karahan also
stated that a US professor visited the area to
investigate possible solutions.


8. Turkiye / Halil Sahin, head of the Iskenderun
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, announced
that Iskenderun received approximately 10,000
tons of war scrap metal from Iraq. Sahin stated
that there are many scrap metal iron-processing
factories in Iskenderun and these factories
process the scrap metal.

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