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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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071451Z Nov 03

UNCLAS ANKARA 006997

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
NOVEMBER 7, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press
summary for November 7, 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. Milliyet, Radikal, Ozgur Gundem / A Swedish
Social Democrat human rights commission
delegation visited Diyarbakir and Mardin.
During the delegation's visit with Mardin
Governor Temel Kocaklar, Anne Ludvigsson, head
of the delegation, stated that the EU
Harmonization Package is not being actively
applied in Turkey.


3. Sabah, Radikal, Ozgur Gundem, Yeni Safak / The
court hearing in the case of a woman allegedly
raped by 405 soldiers in 1993-1994 commenced on
November 5 in Mardin. The Mardin Court
commission wanted to hear the testimony from
the doctor who approved report, confirming use
of torture. The hearing will recommence on
December 11.


4. Turkiye, Evrensel / In Bingol on November 5,
during Turkish army operations, three KADEK
terrorists and one Turkish army officer were
killed, while two KADEK terrorists and three
Turkish army officers were wounded. Turkiye
also reports that two KADEK terrorists were
captured with their guns and important
documents.


5. Ozgur Gundem / In Mus and Mersin, seven people
were arrested because they joined in a meeting
organized for peace.


6. Ozgur Gundem / Hasan Fidan, a Van village
guard, was arrested and put in jail because he
allegedly raped a disabled woman in Yankitepe,
Ercis, Van province.


7. Hurriyet / Hatay Governor Abdullah Sari
announced that the Syrian and Turkish
governments have made arrangements to invite
approximately 5000 people from both countries
to get together with their relatives and
celebrate the Ramadan festival in Reyhanli.
The Turkish government will be hosting these
5000 people.


8. Turkiye / At the Cilvegozu border gate,
Reyhanli, Hatay, police found 75.5 kg of
heroine, and detained Yunus Ucak as a suspect
in the incident.


9. Evrensel / Adana Human Rights Organization
prison spokesman Ethem Acikalin announced that
prisoners in Kurkculer prison are
systematically being tortured.


10. Cumhuriyet / In Tunceli, approximately 700
high school students, along with some DEHAP
members, attempted to close a main road in
order to make a press release protesting AKP
education policy. Police warned the group and
detained some of the protestors, including
DEHAP Tunceli head Alican Unlu.
EDELMAN

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