Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary for July 12, 2006
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SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR JULY 12, 2006
This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for July 12, 2006.
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: The U.S. will reportedly stop its operations
at its jet fuel supply hub at the port of Yumurtalik in Adana.
EVRENSEL / OZGUR GUNDEM: DTP Chairperson Ahmet Turk said
that, from now on, as a party which had been making preparations
for the next elections, DTP has to engage in efforts to retool
its organized structures. Dialogue among the Kurds should be
fostered to define a road map for a common ground and
perspective among Kurds in order to make demands of the Kurds
clear, said Turk.
OZGUR GUNDEM: Aziz Azkul, a PKK terrorist whom the Forensic
Authority announced was killed by blows to the head on May 25 in
Kars, because of an alleged internal PKK disagreement according
to 07/11 edition of Hurriyet daily, has been buried in a village
of Mardin, reported Ozgur Gundem daily. Hundreds of cars
escorted the coffin as it traveled to the village and members of
DTP's Mardin chapter have also attended the burial ceremony.
OZGUR GUNDEM: The daily continues to cover in its front page
with big-size photos the story of alleged extra-judicial killing
of a PKK terrorist in August 2005, published photos of that
terrorist alive, walking beside security officers shortly after
being captured. The daily further named five other terrorists
who were also allegedly killed after they were caught.
Diyarbakir Bar Association, Mazlum-Der (Solidarity Association
for Oppressed People) and Human Rights Association, which has
filed a complaint upon those allegations, said they would carry
the matter to the European Court if action fails to address the
OZGUR GUNDEM: Village guards allegedly opened fire and
killed one of the four bothers who came from Igdir province to
Erzurum province to work as shepherds following a quarrel over a
sheep which the shepherds lost. The other brothers have been
BOLGE / EKSPRES / SABAH (GUNEY) / ZAMAN: The court action
brought by 80 fishermen in Adana's Yumurtalik district against
BTC (Baku-Tibilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline) will be held on the same day
(07/13) when BTC will be opened.
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): Jandarma teams seized 380,100 hemp roots
during an operation against drug-trafficking in Siirt. Four
people have been detained in connection with the event.
SABAH (GUNEY): The daily reported people's suspicions about
whether PKK conducted the armed attack that killed Ismail
Karabucak, a well-known businessman in Adana (see press summary
07/11). Adana Mayor Aytac Durak was among people who attended
the burial ceremony of the businessman.
HURRIYET / CUMHURIYET: An investigation will be started against
people who opened fire in the air with pistols and long-barreled
guns during the wedding ceremony of the couple who are members
of influential local clans in Sanliurfa's Bozova district.
Sanliurfa deputy from AKP (Justice and Developments Party) was
among the guests at the wedding and received criticism from
media when people welcomed him by opening fire in the air as he
arrived at the wedding scene.