Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

Published: Mon 23 Jun 2003 09:12 AM
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E.O. 12958: N/A
JUNE 20, 2003
1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for June 20, 2003. Please note that Turkish
press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized here.
2. Cumhuriyet/Hurriyet/Milli Gazete/Evrensel: As
a result of ensuing clashes between the security
forces and PKK/KADEK militants in Isa village of
Karliova (Bingol), two militants were killed. The
killed militants have been identified as Engin
Cinkir(AKA "Zagros"), andCein akr (KA
"Xmdi") Bigo'sgovrnr, Husyi vni
sid six militantswere involved in the clashes,
and hy lunched an opera
on to arrest the
remaining four. Based on the information obtained
from an operation against Hizbullah in
Diyarbakir, Mehmet Sah Akalp, an employee at
Ballica Cigarette Factory in Bafra of Samsun, was
arrested. It is alleged that Akalp was in charge
of organizations in mosques and recruiting
militants for Hizbullah. The court imprisoned
Akalp. Duzgun Mentes, 31, a TIKKO (Turkish
Workers' and Peasants'Communist Army) member
wanted by the State Security Court of Malatya was
arrested by jandarma
in Bursa.
3. Evrensel: A group of fifty people, including
an informant named Mesut Mehmetoglu, attacked
DEHAP's district office in Hazro (Diyarbakir)
with clubs and stones yesterday morning. DEHAP's
district accountant, Tahsin Kacar, was wounded
during the attack.
4. Hurriyet: Twelve administrators at
municipality of Kozluk (Batman) were jailed for
corruption. The AK Party mayor Ayhan Isik and
four municipal employees, who disappeared just
before the operation, are wanted by police. The
Acting Mayor, Mehmet Erkul, also from AK Party,
is among the jailed persons.
5. Evrensel: The police apprehended
approximately sixty DEHAP affiliated women in
Diyarbakir, Batman, and Sirnak for demanding a
general amnesty and trying to make a press
release in front of AK Party's offices. The
police beat and slapped the women while detaining
them. Similar actions were taken by DEHAP's
female members in Istanbul, Adana, Gaziantep,
Bursa, and Ankara.
6. Cumhuriyet: The road to Yesilgoz village of
Beytussebap (Sirnak)is still closed. The
villagers who are unable to return to their
village have been trapped in Beytussebap for over
a month. They are living in tents provided by
Beytussebap's Red Crescent office. Non-
governmental Organizations offered to contribute
to the costs for opening Yesilgoz' forty
kilometer-long village road. A Human Rights
Association (HRA) delegation visited one hundred
forty families living in tents, and prepared an
observation report. At a press announcement in
HRA's Diyarbakir chapter yesterday, the HRA's
General Secretary, Feray Salman, said three
hundred of seven hundred seventy five persons
living in the tents were under twelve, and eighty
percent of the campers were unable to buy basic
needs, even bread. Feray said the number of
people living in the tents would soon reach one
thousand five hundred people as the schools would
be closed for summer vacation.
7. Radikal/Hurriyet/Milli Gazete: Habur Border
Gate, which was unilaterally closed down for two
days by IKDP's forces in Northern Iraq, was
reopened. While the US and UN's humanitarian
relief trucks were permitted to cross the border,
commercial trucks, which were not allowed to
pass, formed a ten kilometer-long queue. Truckers
carrying perishables got furious, and questioned
who would be held responsible for the foodstuffs
that went bad. Hurriyet reported six hundred
trucks daily were carrying diesel from Northern
Iraq to Turkey.
8. Bolge: According to the information released
by Gaziantep-based Southeast Anatolian Exporters'
Union, the exports to the neighboring countries
from the provinces in the GAP region amounted to
26.319 million USD, with a forty three percent
increase in the past five months.
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