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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0262

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
OCTOBER 8, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for October 8, 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, Zaman, Sabah Guney / The Adana Women's
platform organized a press conference in front
of the AKP Adana Office and announced that, as
mothers, they are against the presence of
Turkish troops in Iraq.


3. Turkiye, Zaman / In Adana, M. Kemal Varol,
complained about the slow work of the Turkish
Government in Imarbank account repayments and
announced that he is resigning from Turkish
citizenship. "I would go and live in any
country that would accept me", Varol stated.


4. Bolge, Zaman / Bystanders found a suspicious
bag under a seat at the Adana train station
yesterday. Bomb specialists carefully opened
the bag. Police announced that there were some
books and perfume in the bag.


5. Bolge / Some NGOs in Hatay organized a meeting
in front of the AKP Hatay office and protested
against the involvement of Turkish troops in
Iraq.


6. Zaman, Sabah Guney / Hulusi Kilic, Turkey's
Consul General in Aleppo, Syria, visited Adana
Governor Kemal Onal on October 6. Kilic
evaluated Israel's attack on Syria as "an abuse
of a country by another country."


7. Sabah, Evrensel, Ozgur Gundem / The
investigation regarding the Mardin girl known
by the initials "S.E.," who was allegedly raped
by Turkish soldiers in 1993, is continuing.
Attorney Sabahattin Demirtas, head of the
Diyarbakir Human Rights Organization, announced
that 405 soldiers were not involved in the rape
case. "Two to three soldiers are being accused
of the rape," Demirtas stated. According to
Evrensel and Ozgur Gundem, S.E's mother, "I.E",
also accused Turkish soldiers of raping her.


8. Cumhuriyet / The State Employees' Union
Confederation (KESK) Sirnak Platform announced
in its annual report that villagers in cities
should be encouraged to return to their
evacuated villages. (Editor's Note: There are
114 evacuated settlements in Sirnak).


9. Evrensel / Semsi Bayraktar, head of the Turkish
Agriculture Union, announced in Diyarbakir that
mined areas in the Southeast should be given to
the villagers in the area after the clearance
of the landmines.


10. Evrensel, Ozgur Gundem / In Karliova, Bingol
province, three soldiers were wounded during a
clash between Turkish forces and PKK/KADEK
guerillas. According to Ozgur Gundem, 2
soldiers and a KADEK member died and 6 soldiers
were wounded during the clash.
11. Ozgur Gundem / In Hani, Diyarbakir province,
Hasip Cali killed soldier Fatih Cevik for an
unknown reason. In Dogubeyazit, Agri province,
an unknown man killed a village guard.


12. Ozgur Gundem / The DEHAP Hakkari Women's
Branch announced in a press release that Imrali
Prison should be closed. The women also drew
attention to the deteriorating health of
Abdullah Ocalan.
REID

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