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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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UNCLAS ADANA 0014

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
JANUARY 16, 2004

1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for January 16, 2004. 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. Bolge / Atilla Gursal is appointed as the new
Adana Education Director.


3. Bolge / Incirlik has become a transfer center


for the American soldiers. In the coming four
months approximately 60 thousand American
soldiers will be transferred to and from Iraq.


4. Turkiye / Forty-two women's NGOs gathered to
start a project called "Adana Health Education
Volunteers." The project aims to provide
volunteer help for the hospitals, and educate
women in the under-privileged districts of
Adana.


5. Sabah Guney / AK Party Adana head Abdullah
Dogru announced once more that Aytac Durak
won't be the candidate of his party in the
local elections. Dogru stated that Adana AK
party would be respectful to Ankara's decision
if they appoint Durak as the Adana AK Party
candidate. "We would show respect even if
Ankara appointed Fidel Castro," Dogru reported.


CULTURE


6. Evrensel / Kurt-Pen is opening a branch in
Diyarbakir. Author Edip Polat reported that on
February 7, they are going to open Kurt-Pen's
Diyarbakir branch. Kurt-Pen is a member of
International Pen.
REID

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