Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary July 03-05, 2004

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E.O. 12958: N/A

This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for July 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.


Turkiye, Ozgur Gundem, Tercuman, Zaman / A truck loaded with
explosives exploded in Van, killing three and injuring 24
people. Governor Hikmet Tan was on the same spot just 4 seconds
before the explosion. His vehicle was seriously damaged, but Tan
was not hurt. Security forces are investigating the incident.

Cumhuriyet / In Adana eight terrorist attacks have been solved
by the Jandarma in the past nine months.

Ekspres / Adana's Sakirpasa health clinic was damaged with
stones by alleged PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorists.

Turkiye, Zaman / People in Van marched in the streets to condemn
the recent terrorist attacks. Approximately 5,000 people from
28 NGOs attended the parade, carrying Turkish flags and shouting
peace slogans in Kurdish. Some Van MPs also attended the parade.
DEHAP did not attend the peace parade. Van Governor Hikmet Tan
stated that this is the best reaction for terrorism.


Zaman / State Minister Kursat Tuzmen announced that Turkish
contractors were 125 international projects, worth approximately
3 billion US Dollars, in the first six months of the year 2004.


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