|05ADANA64||2005-04-01 06:00:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Consulate Adana|
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UNCLAS ADANA 000064
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR MARCH 28, 2005
This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary for March 28,
2005. Please note that Turkish press reports often contain
errors or exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch for
the accuracy of the reports summarized here.
POLITICAL, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
BOLGE / EKSPRES: Serdar Seyhan, CHP Adana Provincial Chairman,
has come under fire because he kept his seat though the rest of
the party's provincial administration was dismissed by party's
central administrative board. The party's provincial
administration members reportedly strongly supported CHP leader
Deniz Baykal during CHP's heated leadership race (January 30),
and they are angry that they are being dismissed now. An
unspecified CHP party member said that a campaign would be
launched to save the CHP in Adana from "the monopoly of the
EKSPRES / HURRIYET (CUKUROVA) / BOLGE: Atilla Koc, Minister
of Tourism and Culture, visited Adana to conduct a series of
studies in the city. Koc stated that he wanted to see what could
be done to benefit from the tourism potential of Karatas beaches
and the Yumurtalik lagoon in Adana on a more local level.
HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): Cukurova University plans to use a
former NATO radar base in the Yumurtalik district of Adana as a
recreational facility. The place will offer the possibility for
students to engage in various outdoor activities such as
camping, tracking, paragliding, etc.
BOLGE / CUMHURIYET / OZGUR GUNDEM: Volunteers, including four
German students from Hamburg University, are going to visit the
sites of military operations in southeastern Turkey as human
shields, with the goal of "stopping the war" and conflict in the
region. A 25-person group from Istanbul will be arriving at
Batman in Sirnak today. A group of people from Adana and Hatay
pursuing the same aim set off for Sirnak, as well.
OZGUR GUNDEM: The female inmates in the Diyarbakir E Type
prison were banned from seeing their visitors for one month. The
inmates were punished because they celebrated Newruz by setting
their old clothes on fire, jumping over the fire and chanting.
According to the Disciplinary Board of the Prison, the inmates
"have disrupted the peaceful and disciplined environment of the
prison and set a bad example for the other prisoners."
ZAMAN / EVRENSEL: A village guard and three people were arrested
and charged with the killing of Selahattin Gunbey, 13-year-old
shepherd who was shot dead in Nusaybin district of Mardin on
March 19. According to Ali Candan, Mardin Deputy Governor,
local shepherds reportedly could not agree with nomadic
shepherds in the area upon the land that their respective flocks
of sheep should graze, causing the dispute that resulted in the
killing of Gunbey by a volunteer village guard.
OZGUR GUNDEM: Ozgur Gundem draws attention to a visit that
the U.S. Embassy's James R. Sopp paid to the MHP (Nationalist
Action Party) prior to flag-incident in Mersin. The article
alleges that the dismissal of the national chairperson of
ultra-nationalist youth centers affiliated with the MHP (ulku
ocaklari) was reportedly a sign of division within the party
instigated by the visit of the U.S. diplomat. Concerning the
heated debate within the party about its relationship with the
U.S., some members of MHP reportedly caution against and refrain
from taking an anti-American stance. Ozgur Gundem implies in the
article that to cover this split of opinion and to show a solid
and unified MHP, the flag-incident was "provoked" by the party.