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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0389 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, TU, IZ, Press Summaries, ADANA SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY NOVEMBER 9-10, 2002 1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for November 9-10, 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 -------------------------------- 2. AKP WANTS ELECTIONS CANCELLED IN SIIRT (Sabah/Milli Gazete) AKP petitioned the Higher Election Council (YSK) to cancel the elections in Siirt due to lack of a ballot council in a Pervari (Siirt) village where 700 voters were unable to vote. If YSK cancels the elections there, AKP will reportedly nominate AKP chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Siirt if his political ban is lifted. 3. RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE SOUTHEAST (Evrensel) The Diyarbakir Chapter of the Human Rights Association (HRA) issued a report regarding violations experienced during the November 3 parliamentary elections. The report claimed the Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) was the only political party which suffered from rights violations in the region. According to the report, DEHAP observers were not allowed into schools (to watch vote casting), police officers tore electorate information cards, voters were subjected to such maltreatments as insults and threats, and were forced to cast their votes openly. HRA President Selahattin Demir indicated 310 rights violations, including arrests, threats, preventions, detentions, maltreatments, forcible open vote casting and assaults took place in the region prior to and during the elections. Demir claimed village guards, village chiefs, jandarma, tribal chiefs, and from time to time political parties, had exercised pressure on voters and accused them of election fraud. 4. PKK ARRESTS CONTINUE (Turkiye) Gaziantep Security Directorate Anti-terror squad arrested three PKK members who had received training in a (PKK) camp in northern Iraq. Police found out that PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, following his capture, had ordered his less known members to go to Turkey in order to incite the public to carry out mass activities (demonstrations), recruit new members, and stage civil disobedience. The arrestees were later arraigned in a local court and ordered to remain in custody. In a separate operation, Jandarma arrested eleven people accused of assisting and abetting the PKK in Diyarbakir's Lice and Hani townships. In Nusaybin (Mardin), police arrested PKK member Ibrahim Tanhan while he was trying to take a bag full of clothing to PKK members in rural areas. A local court later ordered Tanhan to remain in custody. Van police seized one truck load of medical supplies and equipment destined for PKK camps in Iran and arrested four people in connection with the seizure. Also, Hakkari Jandarma seized weapons associated with the PKK during searches in rural Hakkari. 5. DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AGAINST KURDISH PETITIONERS REVERSED (Evrensel) The Van Administrative Court reversed disciplinary actions given by Van's Centennial University to 171 students for petitioning for an elective course in Kurdish. The reversal followed the students' appeal. Also, the Adana Administrative Court reversed the Cukurova University's (Adana) decision to suspend and expel 54 students for demanding education in Kurdish. 6. KURDISH NAMING PROBLEMS CONTINUE (Evrensel) The Diyarbakir Birth Registry Directorate denied a parent permission to give the name "Amed" to his son. The parent later petitioned the Prosecutor's Office to allow him to give the name he wanted to his child. Lawsuits were opened against Mersin parent Zeki Geris, who had given the non-Turkish names "Baver" and "Xebat" to his twins, and parent Filiz Coskun for having named her child "Siyar." 7. REMAINS OF ANCIENT PROVINCE FOUND IN ADANA (Bolge) The remains of what used to be a Hittite province were unearthed during archaeological excavations carried out in Adana's Tufanbeyli township. Assistant Professor Serdar Girginer of Cukurova University's (Adana) Archaeology Department and his team carried out the excavations, which began on August 20. Girginer said studies showed Tufanbeyli was the region's culture center in 2,000 B.C. Girginer noted the project would expand to neighboring provinces and last nearly five years. ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS -------------------------------------- 8. VISITORS TO SE INCREASE (Evrensel) Harran (Sanliurfa) District Governor Ibrahim Aksit said the number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting Harran (25,944) increased over 85% in the first ten months of the year, compared to the previous year (13,768). Harran is known as the site of the world's first university and conic-domed homes. Radikal, Cumhuriyet, Turkiye and Evrensel reported 181,101 tourists, among them 59,419 foreigners, visited Mt. Nemrut, which is known as Gods' Celestial Throne and included in UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List, this year. In 2001, 147,000 tourists visited Nemrut. HOLTZ
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