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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0418 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, TU, IZ, ADANA, Press Summaries SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY DECEMBER 17, 2002 1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for December 17, 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. TURKISH TROOPS ON IRAQI BORDER (Hurriyet/Sabah) A high-level Turkish military official made a statement to the British Reuters Agency by phone, saying that Turkey has deployed 10,000-15,000 soldiers and engineers along the Iraqi border in preparation for a possible U.S. war in Iraq. 3. ECHR ORDERS TURKEY TO PAY INDEMNITY (Cumhuriyet) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the Government of Turkey in connection with six cases, including "prolonged detention, violation of right to fair trial, torture, death in custody and prevention of freedom of thought" and ordered a total payment of EUR 130,000 (approx. USD 133,000) in reparations. These cases included the killing by a landmine of 16-year-old suspect Orhan Yakar, arrested in Bingol in 1996, after Yakar was taken to a rural area to show a PKK member's body. ECHR also ordered that Turkey pay Mus resident Makbule Kinay, whose home had been burned by soldiers, EUR 59,000 (approx. USD 60,300) in indemnity. 4. LANDMINE THREAT IN THE SOUTHEAST (Sabah) Turkey faces the problem of over one million landmines planted across the Southeast. According to the Human Rights Association (HRA), 600 people, among them children, lost their lives, and over one thousand others were injured by landmines over the past ten years. Turkish security forces swept 10,638 landmines in various border regions by the end of 2001. However, Turkish Armed Forces said USD 12 million is initially needed to remove the remaining landmines. Five years and USD 36 million are needed to remove all the landmines. 5. CHOMSKY IN DIYARBAKIR (Evrensel) U.S. writer and linguist Noam Chomsky held a press conference in Diyarbakir on December 16 in which he said he had returned to the U.S. in a very positive mood following his visit to Turkey in 2001. In answer to the question whether or not the U.S. would launch an operation against Iraq, Chomsky said it was not easy to find a statement of reasons for the resolution made by the U.N. "No matter what the report of weapons inspectors in Iraq is, the U.S. and the U.K. have from the very beginning been determined to wage a war against Iraq. The U.N.'s decision clearly foresees disarmament in the region. There are thousands of nuclear weapons in the hands of Israel. Saddam Hussein is not the only problem in the region," he added. 6. 3.5 TONS OF UNPROCESSED HEROIN SEIZED IN ELAZIG (All papers) In collaboration with U.S. and Russian units, Elazig police seized 3.5 tons of asitanhidrite in 15 plastic barrels concealed among timber on a trailer truck headed for Hakkari. The truck first came to the Samsun Port by a ferryboat that left Russia's Novorossisk Port. The value of the seized asitanhidrite, which was reported to be associated with the PKK/KADEK, was estimated at EUR 600,000 (approx. USD 613,000). In the truck, nine people were arrested and an unlicensed pistol was confiscated. Five other suspects, including a Syrian national, were arrested during ensuing operations in Kilis and Ankara. The 15 arrestees were later sent to the (Elazig) State Security Court. ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS -------------------------------------- 7. ADANA FOREIGN TRADE CLUB (Turkiye/Bolge/Milliyet) The Adana Foreign Trade Club project launched by the Adana Chamber of Commerce (ACOC), the Adana Chamber of Industry (ACOI) and the U.K.'s Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been shown as a model project on the way to the EU. HOLTZ
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