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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0252

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
SEPTEMBER 26, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for September 26, 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. Bolge / In Uludere, Sirnak province, police
found 89 guns, some bullets and 1 automatic gun
in a car and detained two people, identified
only by the initials F.E and S.E.


3. Bolge / Police detained alleged head of Adana
Hizbullah Ismail O. in Adana. Police found
some illegal publishing, videocassettes and
important hand-written information in his
house.


4. Bolge, Zaman / Adana Governor Kemal Onal
announced that in order to prevent doctors
accepting money from the patients at the state
hospitals, doctors should be forced to work
either at a state hospital or at a private one.
"Working at private hospitals and clinics after
their work at state hospitals tires doctors and
they are easily carried away to accept money
from the state patients," Onal reported.


5. Evrensel / Tanrikulu, head of Diyarbair Law Bar
announced that they welcome the new law which
allows Kurdish names to be given to children.
"With the new law, local officials cannot
interfere with the parents' decision of the
chosen name. However, characters which do not
exist in the Turkish alphabet, like "x," "w"
and "q" cannot be used in the names," Tanrikulu
stated.


ECONOMIC


6. Milli Gazete / Turkish Government stopped the
entrance of war scrap metal that comes from
Iraq to Iskenderun. Officials stated that all
scrap metal entering Turkey should have a
report from an internationally accepted lab
showing that metal is free from radiation.
"Once this problem is solved, scrap metal can
continue coming into Turkey," officials
reported.
REID

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