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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0255

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
OCTOBER 1, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for October 1, 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. Zaman / Ramazan Ozunal, head of the Adana
District Directors Association, announced after
the association's meeting that the district
directors want some changes in the local
administration law. Ozunal also stated that
local districts have serious financial
problems.


3. Evrensel / Youth branches of the Democratic
People's Party (DEHAP), SDP and Free Youth,
organized a meeting in front of the Adana
Central Post Office protesting against the
possible decisions of the present government to
"include Turkey in Iraq's occupation".


4. Cumhuriyet / An earthquake of 3.9 shook Bingol
on September 30 at 20:33. No loss of life or
injury has been reported.


5. Cumhuriyet / In Payas, Iskenderun, Hatay
province, an eight-year-old child was wounded
due to an explosion in an area where metal war
scraps from Iraq were stored. The police
detained the guard at the storage area.


ECONOMIC


6. Ekspres / Saban Bas, head of the Adana Chamber
of Commerce, announced that reorganizing the
elections would badly affect the economic
situation. Umit Ozgumus, head of the Adana
Chamber of Industry, stated that he doesn't
consider it a problem if elections were to be
repeated. "If it is going to help the exchange
rates go up, we would welcome it," Ozgumus
reported.


7. Zaman / Umit Ozgumus also announced that two
businessmen from the Chamber of Industry are
going to Iraq to start business arrangements
between the two countries.
REID

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