Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary June 15, 2004

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E.O. 12958: N/A

This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for June 15, 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.


Milliyet, Zaman, Ekspres, Ozgur Gundem / In Toktak, Dortyol,
Hatay province, three volunteer village guards guarding the
building machinery were killed by PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorists.
Two people were wounded during the incident.

Zaman, Ozgur Gundem / It is reported that one of the two
terrorists killed during the clash in Bingol was Syrian. Two
terrorists were killed while they were trying to bomb the Bingol
Jandarma's social club.

Zaman / The Diyarbakir Public Prosecutor started an
investigation into the June 13 Diyarbakir DEHAP meeting.
(Editor's Note: During the meeting the PKK flag was on display
and people praised Abdullah Ocalan.)

Zaman / It is reported that PKK/KONGRA-GEL gathered its special
forces in the Elazig-Tunceli-Bingol triangle, threatening
tourists and investors planning to come to the region.

Bolge, Ekspres / In Adana, DEHAP, Human Rights Organization and
some high school students gathered in Inonu Park to protest
against the June 2004 Istanbul NATO Summit.

Turkiye, Tercuman / Eleven alleged terrorists were found in
Adana with 4 kilograms of C-4 explosives. It is reported that
terrorists were planning to attack some government buildings.
Bolge reported the target was the governor's office Tercuman
reports that security forces found terrorists in Adana's
Incirlik and 19 Mayis Districts.


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