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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary, October 13, 2004

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

UNCLAS ADANA 000140

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM IZ TU ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, OCTOBER 13, 2004


This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for October 13,
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

ZAMAN/MILLIYET/CUMHURIYET/RADIKAL/TERCUMAN/TU RKIYE/
EVRENSEL: One soldier was killed and two others were wounded
when a mine exploded in Ovacik, Tunceli province. The mine had
been placed on the main road where the Jandarma from the Ovacik
Jandarma Command jog in the mornings. A military operation with
air support has been launched in the region.

ZAMAN/MILLIYET: The Adana Traffic Teams arrested 41 refugees, 22
Sudanese and 19 Somalis, who had come to Adana illegally. The
refugees said that they came to Hatay by boat and that they only
intended to stay in Istanbul for a week. The refugees will be
deported after the court has taken a statement from them.

YENI SAFAK: The Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir said that he had
prepared projects for the establishment of a "regional
metropolis." Mayor Baydemir said he wants Diyarbakir to become
the center of the Southeast, and a metropolis in the Middle
East. Baydemir claimed that his project would prevent migration
to other big towns. Baydemir, who met with Prime Minister
Erdogan at the "Local Administrations and EU" meeting in Ankara,
invited the Prime Minister to Diyarbakir for the opening
ceremonies of the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant.

BOLGE/EKSPRES: Eleven Adana HRA members went to the US Consulate
by bus, read an anti-American and anti-Israeli announcement, and
left a black wreath at the Consulate. The group chanted,
"Everywhere is Palestine; we are all Palestinians; US Out of the
Middle East." The Adana HRA Secretary Ethem Acikalin, who read
the announcement, said that Israel was massacring in Palestine
and the US was massacring in Iraq, and that the right to life
and freedoms of the people in those countries were being
obstructed.

TERCUMAN: In Malatya, acting on a tip, police from the Malatya
Security Directorate seized five kilograms of hashish in Ramazan
G.'s house in Yesilyur township.
Ramazan G. has been detained, and the investigation has
intensified.

EVRENSEL: The Malatya Security Directorate circulated a letter
to 17 radio stationsand five local TV channels (Gunes-TV, Er-TV,
TV-M, Ufuk-TV, and CNM-TV) saying that legal action would be
taken against stations broadcasting in Kurdish and other
languages. The letter stated that the broadcasts from those
institutions were observed round-the-clock, and claimed that
some of them had aired in Kurdish. HRA and Mazlum-Der objected
to the letter.


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