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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary April 10-2, 2004

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.



E.O. 12958: N/A

This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for April 10-12,
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.


Sabah Guney / Easter Sunday was celebrated in Antakya and
Mardin. The Antakya governor and his wife attended the
ceremonies in Antakya.

Ulkede Gundem / A small number of DEHAP members gathered at
Adana's Inonu Park and shouted slogans complaining that
KONGRA-GEL was being considered a terrorist organization by EU.

Ulkede Gundem / Police in civil uniform raided the classes at
Adana's 75.Yil high school and abused the students physically
and psychologically.

Ulkede Gundem / Hakkari Human Rights Organization former head
Naif Karacan applied to the court to change his name to a
Kurdish name and his application was denied. Karacan is now
filing a case in the European Court of Human Rights.

Bolge / Mehmet Kilincaslan, head of the Adana EMEP (Toil Party),
announced during a press conference at Inonu Park that U.S
soldiers should leave Iraq and that the Greater Middle East
Project should not be supported.

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Turkiye / There was a 3.8 Richter scale earthquake in Van on
April 11 at 8 A.M


Cumhuriyet / Nemrut is awarded "Golden Apple" by the World
Tourism Writers and Journalists Association." The Golden apple
will be given to the Adiyaman Governor on August 13 on Nemrut

Zaman / The Zeugma display in Istanbul during the NATO Summit is
in danger. Gaziantep Courts decided that the mosaics could not
be transferred from Gaziantep owing to the possible negative
affects of such a movement of the artifacts.


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