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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0002

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ EFIN KCRM ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
JANUARY 1-2, 2004


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for January 1-2, 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. Evrensel / A group of Democratic People's Party
(DEHAP) members gathered in front of the
Diyarbakir E-Type Prison and protested the
transportation of prisoners to D-Type prisons.
Police wanted the group to stop the protest,
and the group retaliated with stone throwing.
Police used tear gas bombs and detained some of
the protestors.


3. Evrensel / Students at Sivas Cumhuriyet
University used a press release to protest
pressure on students. Students condemned the
arrest of their friend Ismail Ulucan, and
announced that Zeynep Ozkul and Fehmiye Baskin
were forced by the police to leave their rented
housing because they were members of an
"unknown" organization.


4. Milliyet / PTT General Management announced
that it would be delivering Kurdish messages,
brochures and booklets for the coming local
elections as long as their contents don't
support or encourage illegal activity or
crimes.


5. Ekspres, Bolge / Resul Sarigul, member of an
illegal Turkish Communist Party, was detained
with his common law wife during an operation in
Adana. Sarigul (allegedly) was involved in a
Tunceli attack, which killed four soldiers.
Sarigul was arrested after his questioning, but
his wife was released.


6. Sabah Guney, Bolge / The Adana Jandarma Corps
Command found 479 counterfeit Euros and 12,000
counterfeit U.S Dollars. Seven people related
to the incident were detained. Security forces
stated that counterfeit banknotes were printed
in Italy and brought into Turkey through Syria.


7. Yeni Safak / People in Siirt are facing serious
health problems due to the air pollution in the
area.


8. Ozgur Gundem / Vehbi Avuc, the newly appointed
Bingol Governor, started work on December 31.
(Editor's Note: Until this new appointment, he
was governor in Sirnak.)


9. Ozgur Gundem / (Following the Jandarma effort
in) Diyarbakir, the Mus Jandarma Corps Command
also asked public prosecutors to give it the
names of people who applied to the courts to
change their Turkish names into Kurdish. The
Mus Human Rights Organization condemned the
Jandarma filing. (Editor's note: See Press
Summary of December 31, 2003.)


ECONOMIC


10. Turkiye, Sabah Guney, Bolge, Ekspres / A
group of Syrian businessmen from Aleppo visited
the Adana Chamber of Industry and the Chamber of
Commerce. The group visited some factories.
During the press conference both sides declared
that they want to increase the volume of the
trade between the two countries.
REID

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