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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary

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UNCLAS ADANA 0003

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY
JANUARY 03-05, 2004


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for January 03-05, 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. Cumhuriyet / Diyarbakir Security Office started
a computer course for underprivileged children.
Thirty children are getting training from the
Diyarbakir police.


3. Ozgur Gundem / In Van "The Free Election
Platform" founded by the Democratic People's
Party (DEHAP) in Van organized its first
meeting. After 31 more meetings in the area,
DEHAP will decide on its Van candidate for the
local elections.


4. Vakit, Bolge / Adana DEHAP organized a meeting
in front of the Adana Human Rights Organization
building and made a press announcement asking
for the closure of Imrali Prison.


5. Ozgur Gundem / In Guclukonak, Sirnak province,
three Turkish soldiers reportedly died during a
clash between the Turkish soldiers and the
People's Defense Forces (an illegal anti-
government organization.)


6. Tercuman / The Mardin governorate removed all
city police guard booths from fixed locations
and announced that the governorate would be
using mobile police teams to maintain public
order in the city. It is believed that recent
attacks on police guard booths influenced the
decision.


7. Evrensel / The Hatay Democracy Platform
gathered in front of the Archeological Museum
and wanted the government to stop transferring
prisoners to "F" and "D" type prisons


8. Sabah Guney / Salih El Mellah, head of the
Aleppo Chamber of Commerce, visited Gaziantep
businessmen and announced that his chamber
wants to start new projects with Turkish
businessmen.


9. Hurriyet / Reyhanli sub-governor Sukru Cakir
announced that Turkish citizens would be able
to visit their relatives and friends in Syria
during the coming Islamic holidays.
REID

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