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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ADANA 0409 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, TU, IZ, Press Summaries, ADANA SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, DECEMBER 5-7, 2002 1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for December 5-7, 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. MILITARY BUILD-UP AT INCIRLIK (Hurriyet) Ammunition, medical materials and food are being piled up at Adana's Incirlik Air Base due to the proposed U.S. operation against Iraq. Nearly 30 cargo planes landed at Incirlik beginning on December 4, compared to nearly eight cargo planes earlier. Between 200 and 300 U.S. soldiers arrived at the base, while military equipment / materials brought in by C-5, C-17, Boing 747 and DC-10 cargo planes were being transported to warehouses. 3. ADANA AIRPORT RE-OPENING MAY BE DELAYED (Hurriyet/Milliyet) Adana Mayor Aytac Durak said he had conveyed his concern that the repair project for the Adana Airport would not be completed on a timely basis to the State Airports Administration (DHMI) director general, Mahmut Pekin. Durak added Pekin had told him, "Don't worry, we will complete the project on time unless there is rainfall." Durak indicated he had replied that there could be rainfall in this season, which might delay the completion of the project. 4. PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS WILL BE RENEWED IN SIIRT (Hurriyet/Milliyet/Dunya/Milli Gazete/Sabah) The Higher Election Council (YSK) declared parliamentary elections will be renewed in Siirt on February 9. YSK had cancelled the November 3 parliamentary elections in Siirt. Ten per cent national threshold will be applied in elections to be held on February 9 as well. In answer to journalists' questions, YSK President Tufan Algan said 18 political parties and the Independent candidate would participate in these elections unless political parties other than AK Party and CHP, which passed the threshold, chose not to participate. 5. SIIRT MP ASKED TO RETURN HIS DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT (Milliyet) Fadil Akgunduz, aka "Jet Fadil," who was elected as a Member of Parliament from Siirt, was asked to return his diplomatic passport following the cancellation of parliamentary elections in Siirt. 6. F-TYPE PRISONS CONFORM TO EU STANDARDS (Milliyet/Bolge/Turkiye) Adana Chief Public Prosecutor Cemal Sahir Gurcay claimed transition to F-type prisons had helped bring terror incidents in prisons under control, which was also confirmed by reports issued by European delegations making inspections in Turkish prisons. "There may, of course, be some complaints (regarding F-type prisons), but one has to pay attention to which sectors these complaints come from," Gurcay added. 7. SUSPENSION OF EREN KESKIN PROTESTED IN ADANA (Evrensel) The Adana chapter of the Human Rights Association (HRA) issued a press release protesting the suspension of HRA national vice president Eren Keskin by the Turkish Bar Associations Union (TBB) and the Istanbul Bar Association for year due to an interview with a magazine eleven years ago. The HRA described the suspension as "tragi-comic," claiming a state security court had decided to discontinue with the case. 8. VILLAGE GUARDS CONCERNED AFTER ABOLITION OF OHAL (Turkiye/Sabah) Nearly 70,000 village guards are now concerned they might lose their jobs following the abolition of the State of Emergency (OHAL) in the Southeast. A chief village guard complained they had fought for years but had no social security. 9. BISMIL (DIYARBAKIR) VILLAGE GUARDS INDICTED (Evrensel) Diyarbakir Prosecutor Abdi Cengiz concluded his indictment in connection with the killing of three returnees and injury of another four returnees to Bismil's (Diyarbakir) Ugrak village. Under Articles 448 and 463 of the Turkish Criminal Code (TCK), Cengiz demanded that ten village guards be sentenced to up to 24 years imprisonment for the killings and injuries. 10. CAPTAGON AND ECSTACY (Milliyet/Turkiye/Hurriyet/Dunya) Mersin police, in collaboration with Gaziantep police, seized a total of 4030 Captagon and Ecstasy pills during two separate operations. Three suspects were arrested. Seized pills' market value was estimated at USD 40,000. ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS -------------------------------------- 11. INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS REVIVING IN ADANA (Dunya) Adana Chamber of Industry President Umit Ozgumus said seven firms had been given incentive certificates for investments totaling TL 13 trillion (approx. USD 8.4 million) over the past month. Ozgumus predicted capital savings of USD 1.8 billion deposited in Adana banks would soon turn into investments with implementation of the "Urgent Action Plan" declared by the government. 12. INCOME PER CAPITA UP IN THE SOUTHEAST (Sabah) Income per capita rose from USD 600 to USD 1,500 in the Southeast due to irrigated farming beginning in 1995. Prior to irrigation USD 600 of products were obtained from one hectare versus USD 1,661 in 1995, when irrigated farming began, and then to 1,543 in 2001. Annual income rose from USD 49 million in 1995 to USD 172 million in 2001. Irrigated farming expanded to 116,000 hectares in the Sanliurfa and Harran (Sanliurfa) Plains. Irrigated farming was carried out in only 30,000 hectares in 1994. 13. OIL EXTRACTION (Hurriyet) The Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) is extracting 300 barrels of oil daily from Ozluce-1 well near Malabadi along the Batman-Diyarbakir provincial border. A TPAO official said it was premature to say anything about the reserve. 14. VAN CAT RESEARCH CENTER NOW A TOURIST ATTRACTION (Cumhuriyet) Two thousand five hundred tourists have visited the Van Cat Research Center at Van's Centennial University this year. 15. GASKI ROBBED (Evrensel) Muhtar Ozturk, who was in charge of Gaziantep's Sehrekustu chapter of the Gaziantep Water and Sewage Administration (GASKI), was robbed by three women he had invited in for a chat. The robbers pretended they had come in to pay their water bills. After Ozturk let them in, one woman poured boiling water from the oven on him, while the other two women hit him with sticks. When Ozturk fainted, the robbers tied Ozturk's hands and feet to his desk and ran away, taking with them all the collected money. HOLTZ
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