Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary for April 27, 2005

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E.O. 12958: N/A

This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for April 27,
2005. Please note that Turkish press reports often contain
errors or exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch for
the accuracy of the reports summarized here.


BOLGE / EKSPRES: The new leader of ANAP (Motherland Party),
Erkan Mumcu, will visit Adana on April 30 to address a public
meeting. Party members in Adana have committed themselves to
attracting public attention to the address of the ANAP leader.

EVRENSEL / OZGUR GUNDEM: Allegations of irregularities in
the Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline project have surfaced recently. A
construction delay and related fine, as well as the alleged
exclusion of some contractors from tender processes were among
the concerns that were included in an investigation file,
according to these two papers. The Audit Board of the Ministry
of Energy reportedly is considering pressing charges against
some former project (note: Botas) officials.

EVRENSEL: Six people were reportedly detained in Ovacik
district of Tunceli on the grounds that they aided and abetted
an "outlawed left-leaning organization." Documents and data
obtained in searches following the killing of two alleged
terrorists during an April 17-18 military operation reportedly
revealed the connection of these six people to an outlawed

OZGUR GUNDEM: Cukurca district in Hakkari has reportedly
turned into a military headquarters again after years of being
free of military presence. Villagers who had returned to their
homes in Cukurca say they fear that they will face another era
of conflict and insecurity, and will have to leave the place
once again. Disturbed about the alleged deployment of Bolu
Commando Brigade in Cukurca, people in Cukurca reportedly stated
that this very Brigade oppressed them during 1994 and 1995.

BOLGE: Jandarma did not allow the members of the
left-leaning group Halkevleri to stage a demonstration against
the U.S. in front of the gate of the Incirlik Airbase in Adana.
Tradesmen of Incirlik district, who make most of their
livelihood through trade with the staff of the base, reportedly
threw stones at the group.

OZGUR GUNDEM: Twenty-seven "human shields" that came from
Cukurova region (Gaziantep, Hatay and Adana) to Sirnak to stop
the military operations on Cudi Mountain were released. The
attorney of the human shields said that the court, lacking a
legal basis for pressing charges against them, would have to
drop the case.

ZAMAN: In January 2005 German police and caught and
arrested Remzi Kartal, a former DEP (pro-Kurdish Democratic
Party) deputy and a PKK/Kongra-gel member who had been sought by
Interpol. Turkish authorities at the Ministry of Internal
Affairs reportedly initiated a process to extradite Kartal.
Zaman reports that the extradition process was started when it
was determined that Kartal had the right to Belgian citizenship.
Upon his arrest it was discovered that his belongings included a
Belgium passport and a Belgium ID.

ZAMAN: AKP Istanbul deputy Egemen Bagis reportedly said
that the negative atmosphere in Turkey regarding U.S. government
policies would "instantly change in a day" should the U.S. take
a stance against the PKK in northern Iraq.

OZGUR GUNDEM: A 12-year-old boy was found dead under a
bridge in Kiziltepe district of Mardin. The police is
investigating the event and trying to discover the identity of
the child.

OZGUR GUNDEM: Forty village headmen from Bingol set off for
Ankara to voice their objection to Ankara officials' reports,
which contradict reports of the Bingol Public Works Directorate
(BPWD) in terms of the number of houses damaged after two
earthquakes in March (see 3/15 press summ). BPWD report the
number of damaged houses as 570 whereas the Ankara officials
report the number as 347.


1. ZAMAN / EKSPRES / BOLGE: Chairman of Adana's Chamber
of Commerce Saban Bas said that Adana's target for exports in
2005 is 2 billion dollars.


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