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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary June 14, 2004

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

UNCLAS ADANA 000080

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM IZ TU ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY JUNE 14, 2004

This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for June 14, 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

HURRIYET/MILLIYET/CUMHURIYET/RADIKAL/TERCUMAN /MILLI
GAZETE/TURKIYE/BOLGE/EVRENSEL/VAKIT/YENI SAFAK/ULKEDE OZGUR
GUNDEM: Former DEP deputies, Leyla Zana, Orhan Dogan, Hatip
Dicle, and Selim Sadak attended DEHAP's Diyarbakir meeting after
they were discharged from Ankara prison. Addressing to
approximately one hundred thousand people, Leyla Zana called on
the Kongra Gel to extend the truce for six more months and urged
the government to make the legal arrangements for regaining the
militants who are in prison or in the mountains. The crowd
carried Abdullah Ocalan's pictures and chanted pro-Ocalan
slogans. The former DEP deputies visited Diyarbakir Governor
Nusret Miroglu at his office yesterday.

SABAH/TURKIYE/BOLGE: The Bingol security officials
announced that a hand grenade exploded in the hands of one of
the terrorists trying to attack the jandarma casino in Bingol
last night. Reinforcements were sent to the scene and as a
result of the ensuing clashes two terrorists were killed.
Entrance and exit to the town was taken under control.

EVRENSEL/TURKIYE/YENI SAFAK: All mayors from Tunceli
province expressed concern in a joint press announcement about
KONGRA GEL's ending the truce which had created partial
reconciliation in the region. The mayors stated that they would
support steps by all sides for developing the climate for peace
and dialogue.

SABABH (Guney)/EKSPRES: In Adana, based on a tip,
jandarma from the Jandarma Intelligence Section Directorate and
Incirlik Jandarma Command arrested red- handed Halit K. and
Mustafa K. while they were selling six pistols, one weapon and
assorted bullets and clips to jandarma who pretended to be
buyers.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS:

SABABH (Guney): One of Turkey's largest domestic-
source-based power plants, the Afsin-Elbistan Power Plant in
Kahramanmaras province, will come into operation in 2005. The
first unit of the plant, which will run on low grade lignite,
will be opened in July 2004. The energy plant is being
constructed on a BOT basis by the Mitsubishi Heavy -Deutsche
Bacook-Gama/Tekfen, and Tokar-Enka consortium for 1.21 billion
US dollars and 29.995 million Euros.

REID

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