Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary August 18, 2004
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 000107
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TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM IZ TU ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY AUGUST 18, 2004
This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for August 18,
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
CUMHURIYET,TURKIYE, VAKIT, SABAH (Guney Supplement), ZAMAN,
BOLGE: An unidentified assailant unleashed a spray of gunfire
toward Adana Municipality on August 17 and ran away from the
scene in a car which had parked behind the municipal building.
No casualties have been reported. The driver of the car, Halil
Ibrahim Kirici, 28, was arrested by police. Separately, the
Adana Municipality Secretary's Consultant Gokcen Aydin was
wounded in the leg during an armed attack in front of the
Municipality on August 6.
TERCUMAN, ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM, EVRENSEL: PKK/Kongra-Gel
militants attacked guards deployed in Oguldami village of
Gurpinar, Van province with long-barrel weapons, killing one
guard. GOT dispatched reinforcements to the village and launched
an intensive operation in the region. Ulkede Ozgur Gundem
reported that as a result of a gun fight that broke out between
village guards in Kizilagac, Mus province, about an unknown
dispute, one village guard was wounded. An investigation about
the matter is being conducted by GOT forces. Ulkede Ozgur Gundem
also reported that HPG guerillas ambushed a military convoy from
the Mila Gurani Battalion near Silopi, Sirnak province. Two
military vehicles were destroyed but no casualties have been
TERCUMAN: GOT forces undertook stringent security measures
throughout the country against possible PKK attacks on the
anniversary of its foundation on August 15th . But what was
expected did not happen. The PKK supporters did not undertake
any violent actions. PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan allegedly
instructed his supporters from the Imrali Prison that they
should halt any actions until Turkey has obtained a date from
the EU for its candidacy.
TERCUMAN, MILLIYET, HURRIYET: A group of five PKK/Kongra-Gel
militants attacked a house in Mosul, Iraq, where it is alleged
that guerillas affiliated with Osman Ocalan have been staying.
Osman Ocalan recently split with from the PKK/Kongra Gel and
founded the "Patriotic Democratic Party" in Iraq. The Iraqi
Security Forces intervened in the incident and arrested one
wounded PKK-Kongra-Gel militant and a car used in the attack.
HURRIYET: A monument-like grave has been built in Seyrantepe
village of Pazarcik, Kahramanmaras province, for high ranking
PKK militant Engin Sincer, who had been killed in an internal
dispute in the Kandil Mountains in Northern Iraq. Based on the
rumors that an opening ceremony would the monument, Kahramanmars
Governor Ilhan Atis circulated a notice canceling a varietyof
meetings in Pazarcik during August 17-18. He also closed the
Pazarcik highway to traffic citing resurfacing of the road, in
order to impede the opening ceremony of the monument.
EVRENSEL, SABAH: The Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office
is examining the charges filed by the Diyarbakir Governor's
Office against Mayor Osman Baydemir for visiting the family of a
PKK/Kongra-Gel militant who had been killed in a recent
operation in town. The Acting Chief Public Prosecutor, Faruk
Kurt, said that the Heavy Penalty Court Prosecutor's Office was
examining the information and evidence provided by the
Governor's office to determine whether or not the case would be
handled by them. Inspectors from the Interior Ministry concluded
their investigation of the case and returned to Ankara. Mayors
provided written materials to inspectors as required.
ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM: Following the PKK/Kongra-Gel's rocket
attack at Special Team's Headquarter in Bicer Quarter of Hakkari
on August 8th in which 2 Special Team Members were killed, GOT
forces have intensified pressure on the public. An 8 p.m. Curfew
has been implemented in Bicer Quareter. Searches at a police
checkpoint at Depin Bridge at the entrance to Hakkari have been
intensified. NGO representatives, such as the Human Rights
Association, Mazlumder (Opressed Persons' Association), KESK
(Public Employees Union), DEHAP, and Free Party, requested an
appointment for August 12 to meet with the Hakkari Governor to
discuss issues concerning the citizens.
ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM, EVRENSEL: In Diyarbakir province, a
committee from the Free Citizen Movement delivered to the Silvan
Sub-governor's office 7,867 petitions advocating freedom for
Abdullah Ocalan and advocating the GOT consider him a
counterpart in solving the Kurdish issue peacefully. The
six-person committee was detained by police. The crowd that
gathered in front of the DEHAP office prior to delivering the
petitions carried a banner reading "South, West, East: APO is
the President of the Homeland' and shouted "Neither Denial, Nor
Destruction, Nor Separatism; Democratic Republic." Tension
arouse when police filmed the I.D. cards of the people who tried
to enter the square where the demonstration took place.
ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM: In Sanliurfa province, police detained
Yakub Akbas and Abdullah Akbas for hanging banners publicizing
Abdullah Ocalan's book entitled "Defending a People" in Eyyubiye
Quarter on August 15. The Sanliurfa Heavy Penal Court imprisoned
them for "Committing a crime by hanging Abdullah Ocalan's
banners." In fact, the book, which covers Abdullah Ocalan's
defense at court, is not prohibited.
ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM: In Hakkari province, the Public Prosecutor
pressed charges against the Yuksekova DEHAP District Chairman
Resul Temel for the speech he had delivered at the funeral
ceremony of a Syrian national HPG guerilla, known as Zerdest,
who had been killed during the GOT forces' raid at a house in
Vezirava village on June 15. Temel, who gave a deposition to the
Public Prosecutor yesterday, said the Public Prosecutor asked
him what he had meant at the funeral by saying "We do not want
anybody to be killed anymore. Everybody has to do his best so
that the peaceful climate in our country will not be damaged and
people will not be killed."
ULKEDE OZGUR GUNDEM: Migrant Association's Batman Chapter set up
a five-person committee of experts to render legal and
consultancy services to evicted villagers who are in the process
of returning to their villages. These services will be provided
to needy villagers for free.
CUMHURIYET: The National Education Ministry's research in
Eastern and Southeastern Turkey revealed that only 50% of
elementary school graduates have been attending secondary