US embassy cable - 02ANKARA8149

SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, October 25, 2002

Identifier: 02ANKARA8149
Wikileaks: View 02ANKARA8149 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Ankara
Created: 2002-11-13 11:01:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ Press Summaries
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UNCLAS ANKARA 008149 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12956: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, TU, IZ, Press Summaries 
SUBJECT:  SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, October 25, 2002 
 
 
1.  This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for 
October 25, 2002.  Please note that Turkish press reports 
often contain errors or exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana 
does not vouch for the accuracy of the reports summarized 
here. 
 
 
POLITICS, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS 
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2.  FIRST POLITICAL PARTY CONVOY IN SIRNAK IN 12 YEARS 
(Evrensel)  Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) parliamentary 
candidates, accompanied by a convoy of over 100 vehicles, 
are the first political party delegation to enter Sirnak's 
Uludere and Semdinli sub-districts in the past 12 years. 
 
 
ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS 
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3.  WOVEN PRODUCT EXPORTS UP 0VER 36% SINCE JANUARY 
(Bolge)  According to the Southeastern Anatolia Exporters' 
Union, woven product exports from the Southeast increased 
36.7% in the first nine months of the year, rising to USD 
186.7 million from USD 136.5 million for the same period in 
2001.  In the same period, the share of woven products in 
overall exports from the region rose from 29.7% in 2001 to 
45.4% in 2002.  In January-September 2002, USD 86.8 million 
worth of machine-made carpets, USD 83.2 million of cotton 
(knitted and synthetic textiles), USD 9 million of towels 
and USD 7.7 million of plastic bags were exported from the 
region.  Major customers included Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, 
Rumania, Uzbekistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Belgium, 
Greece, France, the U.S., Algeria, Spain, Iraq, the U.K., 
Germany and Russia. 
 
 
4.  MERSIN EXPORTS DROP BY USD 116 MILLION SINCE JANUARY 
(Dunya)  According to the Mersin-based Mediterranean 
Exporters Union, exports from Mersin decreased by USD 116 
million (approximately 9%) in the first eight months of the 
year, falling to USD 1.180 billion from USD 1.296 billion 
for the same period in 2001. PEARSON 

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