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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0267

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
OCTOBER 11-13, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for October 11-13, 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. Ozgur Gundem / Sevim Yetkiner was re-elected as
the new head of the Mus Human Rights
Organization.


3. Ozgur Gundem / Z.Y, a man released from Urfa
Prison, stated that Halil Aykut and Mustafa
Eroglu, guards in the prison, supplied guns and
drugs for Mustafa Zincirlioglu from the Bucak
tribe.


4. Ozgur Gundem, Evrensel / A Van Private Kurdish
Language Center is starting Kurdish courses on
October 15.


5. Evrensel / Dogan Karaoglan, head of the Malatya
Human Rights Organization, stated that the "aim
of sending Turkish troops to Iraq is definitely
the Kurdish people in Iraq, Kurdish
organizations and KADEK." Karaoglan announced
that "the whole world is against this attack
and is not sending its troops to Iraq, but our
(Turkish) government is sending troops to put
our country in a war under the leadership of
the US."


ECONOMIC


6. Turkiye / An Adana Chamber of Industry Turkish
business delegation returned from Iraq. Huseyin
Sagar, head of the delegation, announced that
there is a need for Turkish businessmen in the
area and that Iraqi businessmen want to see
more Turkish colleagues doing business with
them.
REID

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