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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary for October 27, 2005

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

280958Z Oct 05

UNCLAS ADANA 000195

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 27, 2005


This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for October 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.

POLITICAL, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS

OZGUR GUNDEM / EVRENSEL: The daily claimed that terrorist
leader Abdullah Ocalan has been allowed to see neither his
attorneys nor his brother for 57 days.

HURRIYET: Human Rights Association National Chairperson Yusuf
Alatas urged a prompt and unconditional release for the police
officer Hakan Acil before the end of Ramadan approached. Acil
was kidnapped by terrorists on October 9 (see press summary
10/25).

HURRIYET: Zafer Tahtali, a PKK terrorist, reportedly called
the Jandarma Help phone number 156 and surrendered himself to
the security forces in Bingol on Monday, said the Bingol
Governor's Office.

OZGUR GUNDEM / EVRENSEL: Hakkari Governor's Office placed
surveillance cameras at 22 spots in the province.

BOLGE / EVRENSEL: A group called Oppressed People's Socialist
Platform staged a protest in front of the party building of AKP
(Justice and Development Party) in Adana against the new
Anti-Terror Law.

RADIKAL / EVRENSEL: DEHAP (Democratic People's Party) will
dissolve itself at a party congress to be held in fifteen days.
Most of the senior DEHAP members joined in the ranks of the new
DTP (Democratic Society Party). DEHAP national chairperson
Tuncer Bakirhan resigned from this position and became a member
of the Temporary Executive Board of the new DTP.

CUMHURIYET: According to the progress report of the EU, which
will be announced on November 9, the speech that PM Erdogan made
in Diyarbakir on August 12 was very positive, but the government
took no concrete steps following that speech. The report
reportedly pointed out that Kurds still do not have enough
cultural rights in Turkey.

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