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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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071451Z Nov 03

UNCLAS ANKARA 006996

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
NOVEMBER 6, 2003


1. SUBJECT: This is the Southeastern Turkey press
summary for November 6, 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. Hurriyet, Turkiye, Milli Gazete / In Bingol, a
group of alleged KADEK terrorists fired on the
patrolling soldiers on November 5. During the
clash, two terrorists and one soldier were
killed and 2 soldiers were wounded. Turkiye and
Milli Gazete report that two alleged terrorists
were also killed in Almus, Tokat province.


3. Hurriyet, Zaman, Ozgur Gundem / The Batman
Kurdish language Course, after complying with
the rules of the private language schools,
started accepting applications. Approximately
150 people applied for the course.


4. Bolge / Scott Reid, the U.S. Consul in Adana,
visited the Gaziantep Chamber of Industry (CoI)
yesterday and met with CoI Head Nejat Kocer.


5. Ozgur Gundem / Tarsus security chief Necdet
Ozturk allegedly threatened DEHAP members in
his office with cutting their heads off if
DEHAP organized a press conference in Tarsus.
DEHAP members wrote a complaint letter about
the incident to the Interior Ministry.


6. Ozgur Gundem / In the Batman M-type prison,
prisoners applied to the officials to change
their names. Many people in Dogubeyazit and
Ceyhan also applied to change their Turkish
names into Kurdish names.


7. Ozgur Gundem / Two Ozgur Gundem distributors in
Siirt allegedly were threatened by the police
and warned to stop the distribution of the
paper. Police detained one of the distributors
without charging the distributor with any
crime.


8. Turkiye / Iraq returned kerosene (approximately
7,000 tons) exported by Petrol Ofisi and Delta
petrol from Dortyol and Iskenderun, Hatay
province, because the exported kerosene did not
comply with the international standards.
Iskenderun Petrol Association denounced the
incident as scandalous.


9. Turkiye / In Caldiran, Van province, jandarma
found 13 Pakistanis who entered Turkey without
any legal documents. After the questioning
officials will forward the case to the court.
EDELMAN

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