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SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR NOVEMBER 19, 2006
This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for November 19,
¶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.
ZAMAN / EVRENSEL: One hundred and fifty people attended a march
organized by Movement of Union of Patriotic Forces in Diyarbakir
which initially claimed that three hundred thousand people would
attend the march. Reportedly, only 250-meter section of the
4000-meter-long flag was unfolded since there were not that much
people to carry the flag. Most of the crowd was reportedly
comprised of children, and it is alleged that 10 YTL was given
to children to attend the march.
ZAMAN: The Minister of Public Works and Settlement paid a
visit to Hatay's Iskenderun district to assess areas badly hit
by recent flooding.
BOLGE / ZAMAN: The Director of the Topkapi Museum and
historian Professor Ilber Ortayli gave a speech organized by the
Seyhan Municipality in Adana. Ortayli responded to the Armenian
genocide allegations and said that what happened was the
deportation of Armenians from some regions in Turkey in order to
provide security for the war front.
ZAMAN: The Supreme Court's list for terrorist organizations
now includes a not very well-known Syriac organization called
"Beyth Nahrin National Liberation Army" which reportedly aims to
start armed struggle in an area between Iraq and Turkey to found
a new independent state for Syriacs.
EVRENSEL: Su TV, which is backed by many Alevi associations,
will launch its first live programs on November 20, 2006.
RADIKAL / ZAMAN: The funeral of a 27-year-old commissioned
officer, who died during a military operation in Bingol's
Yayladere district on an unspecified date, was held in Kayseri
EVRENSEL / RADIKAL: The scale of the military operation
going on for four days in the triangle between Tunceli's
Nazimiye and Pulumur districts and Bingol's Yayaladere district
has been widening. Six PKK members and three soldiers have
reportedly died so far.
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA) / ZAMAN: Automobile, Commercial Vehicles,
and Motorcycles Fair of Mersin has been opened. The fair will
last six days.
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA) / ZAMAN: Organizers of the Fourth Cukurova
Industry and Commerce Fair in Adana said that the number of
foreign visitors to the fair will reach 3000 towards the end of
the fair. Meanwhile, Osmaniye Governor visited the fair and saw
the stands of the companies from Osmaniye. Separately, Aytac
Durak, Mayor of Adana, mitigated the negative reactions of
chairmen of political parties in Adana who were not invited to
the fair by inviting them to the fair.
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): Thanks to the renovation efforts taken
at the Cilvegozu Border Gate with Syria at Hatay's Reyhanli
district, the lines of trucks waiting at the border gate have
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): The Association for Businesswomen in
Adana held a meeting called "Women in the Path towards the EU."
The Chairperson of the association said that women entrepreneurs
in Turkey had the skills to compete with the rest of the world.
ZAMAN: Irrigation unions from Jordan and GTZ (Deutsche
Gesellschaft f|r Technische Zusammenarbeit) paid a visit to the
irrigation unions operating in Adana's Ceyhan district, talked
and exchanged ideas with authorities for three hours there.
CULTURE / SOCIETY / ENVIRONMENT
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA) / BOLGE: Andrew Wilson, Vice Consul to
Adana, gave a speech called "Study in the U.S." to the students
of a high school in Adana. Students were very interested in the
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speech topic and asked Mr. Wilson many questions.
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): Turkish Electricity Distribution
Corporation officials, who went to a village in Adana to cut
power to the village because of the villagers' accumulated debts
to the authority, was attacked by the villagers and were
prevented from cutting the power feeding the village.
BOLGE / ZAMAN / EVRENSEL: A dog having rabies bit eight
persons in a village of Adana's Ceyhan district. Quarantine has
been imposed and necessary measures have been taken in the
village by the authorities.
BOLGE / ZAMAN: Seyhan Municipality in Adana sent machines and
work tools to Hatay's Iskenderun district, which has been badly
affected by flooding, to help the municipality there in their
ZAMAN: The pollution Van Lake has become more apparent
bacuse the garbage dumped into the lake by the surrounding
settlements has reached the shore because of waves created by
ongoing heavy rains in the region.