WikiLeaks: 2005-10-05: 05ADANA172: Southeast Turkey Press Summary
Viewing cable 05ADANA172, SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2005
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 000172 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU ADANA SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for September 26, ¶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 BOLGE / EKSPRES / SABAH (GUNEY): PM Tayyip Erdogan, who came to Adana to change planes for his trip to Hatay, briefly addressed a 1000-person crowd, which gathered to meet him at the airport. In order to attend a number of opening events, Erdogan will reportedly return to Adana following his participation in the First Meeting of Civilizations in the Hatay province. SABAH / HURRIYET / RADIKAL / HURRIYET (CUKUROVA) / ZAMAN: First Meeting of Civilizations event, among whose sponsors is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenced in Hatay on Sunday. Security officers in Hatay have been on high alert and measures in this regard have been intensified in the province. The Chief Rabbi of the Jews in Turkey, Syriac Metropolitan, Armenian Patriarch, Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch, four senior figures from Roman Catholic Church, and the head of Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate are among the participants of the five-day event. EVRENSEL / OZGUR GUNDEM: DTH (Democratic Society Movement) Coordination Council member Selim Sadak called for all party members to attend a party meeting to be held in Diyarbakir on October 3. Founding members of the party will convene on October 4 in Ankara to decide whether the movement will shake hands with Celal Dogan, former Gaziantep mayor, in forming a new party. EVRENSEL / OZGUR GUNDEM: Esendere Border Gate in Hakkari is closed allegedly because of military operations going on in Hakkari's Yuksekova district. However, according to officials at the gate, the gate was closed because of a computer system failure. YENI SAFAK / ZAMAN / CUMHURIYET / RADIKAL / SABAH / OZGUR GUNDEM / HURRIYET: Two soldiers were reportedly wounded by a mine blast in Batman's Sason district. Separately, Mardin Governor's Office announced that security officers found an RPG-7 (rocket-propelled grenade launcher) and 4 rockets in the trunk of a passenger bus during a military operation in Mardin. Separately, Jandarma teams, noticing explosives placed on the railroad between Erzurum and Erzincan provinces, immediately took action and prevented a terrorist bomb attack that reportedly targeted a 180-passenger train. Twenty-five kilograms of C-4 explosives were found on the spot. SABAH: An alleged PKK terrorist attack on a military unit on Sirnak-Hakkari road killed two village guards. OZGUR GUNDEM: Reportedly, Ministry Of Domestic Affairs brought action against the families of three terrorists, who died in a clash with police officers in April 2004 in Hatay's Erzin district, to make compensation for a security officer whose left eye was wounded in the same clash. HURRIYET: The daily reported that a Swedish Radio station decided to suspend Turkish-language broadcasts on the grounds that they could negatiely affect Syriacs and Kurds living in Sweden. SABAH: Subgovernor's Office in Diyarbakir's Erani district disallowed the use of Kurdish wordsto be used for the name of a women's solidarity asociation. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS ¶1. EKSPRES / ZAMAN: According to AKP Adana Provincial Chairperson Abdullah Dogru, followers of the former prime minister and president Suleyman Demirel's agricultural policies devastated the agricultural sector in Turkey. ¶2. SABAH (GUNEY) / HURRIYET (CUKUROVA / BOLGE / EKSPRES / ZAMAN: Third Cukurova Industry and Commerce Fair will open today at 11 a.m. Reportedly, the fair will bring a yield of 1 million dollars to Adana's economy. It is expected that the fair will gain an international status next year. ¶3. BOLGE / EVRENSEL: Farmers in the Cukurova region have become more interested in olive tree cultivation in the course of time than corn and wheat cultivation. ¶4. EVRENSEL: Chamber of Mechanical Engineers organized a congress on GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project) and industry issues in the region. According to the Chamber, the development prospects of the GAP project failed, and the region's provinces remained economically stagnant. REID