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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0428 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PINS, PGOV, PHUM, TU, IZ, ADANA, Press Summaries SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, DECEMBER 24, 2002 1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for December 24, 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. BOMB ATTACK ON TAA IN ADANA (Hurriyet/Milliyet) Last night (12/23), two assailants on a motorcycle threw what the paper called a `sound' bomb on the Turkish American Association (TAA) building and then disappeared. The bomb exploded, making a loud noise and shattering windows at the TAA office and nearby buildings. No casualties were reported. Police arrived at the scene following the explosion and took comprehensive security measures. An operation was launched to capture the assailants. Oya Ilkim of TAA said the association had nothing to do with the U.S., other than its name and that only language courses were offered there. 3. PRO-OCALAN DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE (Evrensel) Demonstrations were held in Izmir, Mersin, Batman, Siirt and Diyarbakir to protest isolation of KADEK (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. Protestors burned roads by pouring gasoline, shouting pro-Ocalan slogans, dancing to tunes of Turkish folk music, marching with torches in their hands, and turning on and off their lights for ten minutes. Following demonstrations in Diyarbakir, police arrested 20 youths wearing kerchiefs. 4. GOVERNMENT WILL PAY INDEMNITY (Evrensel) The Van Court of General Criminal Jurisdiction ruled against the State in connection with the 45-day detention of 70 hunger strikers who were among 500 people arrested in the People's Democracy Party (HADEP) office. Forty-five arrestees were later ordered held in custody on charges of "assisting and abetting the PKK." Acquitted after 70 days in prison, the hunger strikers sued the State by claiming "they had been detained for no reason." They will receive TL 1.5 billion (approx. USD 900) each in material and moral reparations. ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS -------------------------------------- 5. DROP IN ENERGY PRODUCTION (Milli Gazete) Energy production at Sanliurfa's Ataturk Dam Hydro-electric Power Plant, which produces 1/5 of Turkey's electricity needs, fell from 8 billion kilowatt/hours in 2001 to 6 billion kilowatt/hours in 2002. The drop was attributed to drought in Turkey over the past two years. The level of water in the reservoir behind the dam has reportedly fallen to 528 (cm), with only four of the eight turbines working. Electricity production fell from 7 billion kilowatt/hours to 5 billion kilowatt/hours in the Karakaya (Diyarbakir) Dam and from 6 to 4,865 billion kilowatt/hours in the Keban (Elazig) Dam. Only three of Karakaya's six turbines and two of Keban's seven turbines are currently operational. 6. AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS TO EAST EUROPE UP OVER 38% (Evrensel) According to the Southeastern Anatolia Exporters' Union, agricultural exports from the Southeast to East Europe increased 38.2% in the first eleven months of the year, rising to USD 58.7 million from USD 42.5 million for the same period in 2001. In the same period, USD 53.7 million of textile, USD 4.1 million of dried fruits and USD 983,000 of grain, beans and seed products were exported from the region. 7. UNDESERVED COTTON SUBSIDIES (Milli Gazete) Through satellite photographing, Agricultural and Village Affairs Ministry inspectors determined 1,800 Kiziltepe (Mardin) farmers had unjustly received a total of USD 600,000 in Cotton Support Premium payments. Farmers who had made fraudulent declarations were ordered to repay the undeserved premium payments. HOLTZ
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