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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary for June 9, 2005

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



E.O. 12958: N/A

Consulate Adana is providing this press scan for June 9. Please
note that Turkish press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch for the accuracy
of the reports summarized here.

1-SABAH (GUNEY):Ceyhan Municipality and some NGOs will
reportedly be holding a conference on the "Armenian Issues and
Missionary Activities" in Ceyhan district of Adana on June 11th.

2- SABAH (GUNEY):Osmaniye Governor Isa Kucuk launched a project
to erect a statue of the famed archeologist Prof. Halet Cambel
in the Karatepe historical site of Osmaniye.

3-BOLGE/: The Mayor of Greater City of Adana Aytac Durak
condemned the attack against the Deputy Metropolitan Mayor Prof.
Ali Goren (see press summ 6/8) and said that mafia and groups
seeking interests committed the act. Durak's comments about
various topics on the agenda also included concern about the
Incirlik Airbase. Durak reportedly responded to a question
saying, "The presence of a military base in Incirlik district
disturbs me and if there are nuclear weapons in the base, as a
citizen and a human being, I am disturbed about that fact. I am
defending non-proliferation."

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4-OZGUR GUNDEM: Police officers from Batman Police Station
allegedly raided the house of a family and searched the house
without a warrant. The members of the family claimed that they
were threatened and badly treated.

5-OZGUR GUNDEM: Village guards in Yanikcay village of Gevas in
Van have allegedly begun implementing rules similar to the
"state of emergency" in the village outskirts to be able to
control the village. The guards formed a roadway checkpoint to
contol the exit from and entrance to the village. Villagers are
worried about this practice which reminds them of past measures.

6-RADIKAL/OZGUR GUNDEM/ EVRENSEL: Greenpeace activists staged a
protest in front of the Office of the Prime Minister against the
alleged presence of nuclear weapons in the Incirlik Airbase and
PM's latest visit to the US President. Four protestors were
detained briefly.
7-OZGUR GUNDEM:KADER (Association for Support and Training of
Women Candidates) will hold the third of the "Meetings with
Women Leaders of Turkey" in Tunceli, a province with reportedly
the only female mayor in the provincial capital.
8-ZAMAN/EVRENSEL/OZGUR GUNDEM:The lawyers of jailed PKK leader
Abdullah Ocalan said that if officials did not provide "fair and
just conditions" for their client, they would not continue
holding meetings with Ocalan. Two lawyers of Ocalan, Dogan Erbas
and Firat Aydinkaya claimed that the current conditions were not
suitable for the retrial of their client. The lawyers will apply
to European Council of Ministers to press for opening the doors
for fair circumstances of retrial.

9-EVRENSEL:Private Kurdish language courses in Istanbul, Batman,
Van, Urfa, Adana and Diyarbakir are reportedly closing their
businesses. The director of the Kurdish language course in Van
said that they will be evaluating the situation throughout June
and will make a press announcement then. In the meantime, they
will be sending petitions to the Turkish Parliament and to the
EU to press for the right to learn one's mother tongue in the
state schools.

10-ZAMAN:A person in Adana protested a group of DEHAP members
who were making a press announcement in Inonu Park with the
posters of the terrorist leader. The protestor opened a Turkish
flag and shouted "This land is Turkey."


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