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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADANA 0411
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY, DECEMBER 10, 2002
1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for December 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. CONTINUED PRO-OCALAN DEMONSTRATIONS (Evrensel) Isolation of PKK (KADEK) leader Abdullah Ocalan was protested in Diyarbakir and Batman. In Diyarbakir, a group of youths gathered in front of the Church of Saint Mary and marched by displaying the KADEK flag and shouting pro-Ocalan slogans. Residents gave support by applauding. The youths said they would increase their demonstrations between December 15 and February 15. In Batman, similar protest demonstrations were held in eleven different locations.
3. ADANA BAR ASSOCIATION WILL HELP HUMAN RIGHTS VICTIMS (Milliyet/Bolge/Milli Gazete/Evrensel) Attorney Ismail Arisoy, in charge of the Human Rights Commission of the Adana Bar Association, encouraged victims of human rights violations to apply to his commission. Speaking at a meeting to mark Human Rights Week, Arisoy said the commission had been formed to come up with concrete solutions to human rights abuses, in collaboration with other organizations and institutions.
4. OFFICER TO PAY REPARATIONS FOR INSULTING A SUBORDINATE (Radikal/Sabah) The Military Supreme Administrative Court (MSAC) ordered a first lieutenant to pay second lieutenant Kemal Vuraldogan TL 300 million (approx. USD 190) in reparations for insulting him. Vuraldogan served his compulsory military duty at the 9th Main Jet Base Command (in Diyarbakir) in 2000. MSAC's verdict stemmed from Vuraldogan's filing suit against the first lieutenant.
5. WORKERS DISMISSED FOR PARTICIPATION IN DEHAP RALLY (Evrensel) Eleven cleaning workers at the Pervari (Siirt) Regional Boarding School were reportedly dismissed on November 28 for participating in the November 3 rally of the Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) in Pervari. The workers filed suit against the school principal for firing and insulting them. The principal re-hired six of the workers when they withdrew their complaints. The remaining five workers said they would petition the Administrative Court as the Prosecutor's Office had decided not to pursue the case.
6. WARNING AGAINST NON-TURKISH BUSINESS NAMES (Turkiye) The Malatya Governor's Office sent an order to the Malatya Municipality warning against non-Turkish names given to places of business. "English is being taught even in kindergartens. We are not against English, but it should not precede Turkish," Governor Mustafa Yildirim said.
ECONOMIC AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS
7. PHYSICIANS FOR PEACE DONATES USD 110,000 TO DICLE U. (Turkiye) Physicians For Peace Foundation, headquartered in the U.S., donated USD 110,000 to the Prosthesis Center at Diyarbakir's Dicle University. The foundation has thus far provided the center with USD 440,000 worth of assistance. The "Cad/Cam remote measurement taking system" seminar was held to introduce studies carried out at the Prosthesis Center. Dicle University Rector Fikri Canoruc, U.S. Interplast Turkey Representatives Dr. David Young, Ron Hopkings and John Burger, Turkish Interplast Association President Prof. Namik Kemal Baran and representatives from other universities attended the seminar.
8. WATER LEVEL RISES IN SOUTHEASTERN DAMS (Evrensel) Officials from the Electricity Production Corporation and the State Water Works (DSI) said the level of water in the reservoirs behind the Keban (Elazig), Karakaya (Diyarbakir) and Ataturk (Sanliurfa) Dams had risen to their highest levels over the past five years. "With rainfall over the first eleven months of the year, Ataturk, Karakaya and Keban are experiencing their golden year," they commented. HOLTZ