Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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E.O. 12958: N/A
NOVEMBER 19, 2003

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for November 19, 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. Ekspres / Adana police detained Bayram Gunindi,
who was fighting with Muhittin Gunindi at a
location 100 meters from the U.S. Consulate.
Police found two guns on M.G. B.G. told the
police that he had a bomb. Bomb specialists
arrived and discovered that B.G had two candles
wrapped with brown tape with him.

3. Turkiye / Bingol police found 40 kg of heroin
and detained Nedim Aydemir, Sadik Demirhan,
Kadir Sezer and Sahin Sezer. Police also found
2 guns and 24 bullets with the detainees. In
Baskale, Van province, police found 16 kg of
marijuana and are investigating.

4. Yeni Safak / In Sanliurfa, a Kurdish Language
Course commenced with the approval of the
Turkish Ministry of Education. The course has
an 80-student capacity.

5. Ozgur Gundem / In 96 villages of Ozalp and
Saray, Van province, Jandarma took individual
and family photographs of the villagers.
Allegedly, the Jandarma met with the village
guards and wanted the submission of the
photographs to the local Jandarma Stations. In
Eruh, Siirt province, the Jandarma wanted a
passenger list from the local minibus drivers.
According to the report, Eglence Jandarma
Station in Siirt is also recording the amount
of the groceries taken home and the number of
the family members.


6. Hurriyet Cukurove / Kursat Tuzmen, state
minister and Gaziantep MP, announced that the
Turkish Government would be organizing an
international symposium with the attendance of
distinguished archeologists to introduce
Gaziantep's Zeugma archeological site to the

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