Turkey Press February 16th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 16th, 2008.

Turkey Press February 16th

TURKIYE


MISSILE SHIELD READY BY 2010

Turkish air space will be protected with small, medium and long range missiles. Long range anti-missile systems will detect missiles from a 300 km distance. Missiles will be hit at an altitude of 50 km.

MEHMETCIK CONTINUES OPERATIONS AGAINST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

Turkish soldiers, commonly known as Mehmetcik, continue operations against the terrorist organization in southeastern province of Sirnak's Cudi, Gabar and Kato mountains. Thanks to the continued operations, PKK terrorists are unable to cross the border and enter Turkey. 70 PKK terrorists have been rendered ineffective in the past six weeks.

ZAMAN


PEOPLE ADOPTED SECULARISM SINCE OTTOMAN ERA, CONCERNS BASELESS

Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said he does not agree with concerns that freeing headscarf in universities will jeopardize secularism. Toptan said three religions lived together during the Ottoman era. Toptan said, "Turkish society keeps secularism going on for centuries."

YENI SAFAK

BELL SAVED LIVES OF 14 TURKS


A building in which Turks were living in Germany was set ablaze from three different points. A passerby Turk saw the smoke and rang the bell of all apartments. The families woke up and survived the fire in the last minute.

RECORD DEMAND TO FLOATING PALACE

The Boat Show in which luxurious yachts are on display grew by two-folds this year due to a boom in demand. Hundreds of brands wanted to join the fair and they tried hard to get a space in the fair area. Therefore, the fair area of 35,000 square meters was doubled and the Eurasia Boat Show became the second biggest yacht fair in the world.

TURKEY WARNING TO SARKOZY

French businessmen are against President Nikolas Sarkozy's policies towards Turkey. When Turkey imposed an embargo on French firms to protest France's attitude regarding the Armenian resolution and Turkey's EU membership bid, French businessmen and media reacted. Laurence Parisot, the president of Movement of French Enterprises (MEDEF), called on Turkey not to exclude French businessmen. Ives-Marie Laouenan, the chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, said they could not win any tenders in Turkey.

VATAN

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED IN TURKEY REACHES 4.6 MILLION

Turkish Statistical Board (TUIK) announced that the number of unemployed in Turkey rose by 85,000 people in November, 2007. According to TUIK, there are a total of 4.6 million unemployed people in Turkey.

THREE TURKISH BANKS ANNOUNCE RECORD PROFITS

Three Turkish banks had a total profit of over 6 billion new Turkish liras (YTL) in 2007. In 2006, Garanti Bank's profit was 1.17 billion YTL. In 2007, Garanti Bank's profits rose to 2.42 billion new Turkish liras. In 2006, Akbank's profits were recorded as 1.58 billion YTL. In 2007, Akbank had a profit of 2.04 billion new Turkish liras. Finally, Is Bank's profits increased by 53 percent in 2007 when compared to the previous year. Is Bank's total profits in 2007 were 1.7 billion new Turkish liras.

CUMHURIYET

U.S. DIPLOMACY TRAFFIC ON THE RISE

Visitors coming from Washington D.C. to Ankara one after the other are drawing attention. After Turkish Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun paid a ten-day visit to the United States, Gen. James Cartwright, the vice-chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, came to Turkey the previous day. It is revealed that this visit was kept secret from the government. Cartwright departed from Turkey without having any talks with the government. No statement was released about Saygun-Cartwright meeting, which was also striking. On the other hand, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey held talks in Ankara on Friday, and warned Turkey against activities of al-Qaida. Mukasey said he discussed with Turkish authorities fight against the terrorist organization PKK. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Ankara in March. The last time Cheney visited Turkey was before the U.S. operation in Iraq.

NEW BOSS IS NEIGHBOR

51 percent of Migros was sold to London-based BC Partners firm the previous day. The new owner of Migros chain store is a Greek national. According to Greek "Imerissa" newspaper, Nikos Stathopoulos, the biggest partner of BC Partners, aim to grow the Migros chain store business by two-folds in five years.

RADIKAL

THREE BUILDINGS IN WHICH TURKS LIVE BURNT

When police is investigating the cause of the fire that killed nine Turks in Ludwigshafen, Germany, suspicious fires broke out in other buildings in Europe in which Turks are living. Two buildings where Turks were living burnt at the same time in Austrian capital of Vienna, and there is evidence raising the possibility of an arson attack. On the other hand, three Turkish families survived a building fire in Aldingen, Germany in the last minute. One person is under detention.

HURRIYET

FLAMES SPREADING


Fire in Turkish buildings in Germany continue. An arson attacker German was arrested. "The suspected flames" also spread to Austria. An arson attack was staged on a building in which Turks were living in Aldingen, Germany when Turkey could not forget the agonies of nine Turks, including five children who lost their lives in a fire in Ludwigshafen. 14 people could survive the fire in Aldingen thanks to the warning of their Turkish neighbor. A 53-year-old German was arrested. On the other hand, fire broke out in two buildings at the same time in Austrian capital of Vienna. Both Turks and Austrians were living. No one died or was wounded in these two fires, but the possibility of arson attack seems to be high in these two fires.

TURKEY IS TURNING INTO MIDEAST COUNTRY

Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said Turkey's course is changing. "The stage we will reach 30 years later will not be the level of a European country. Turkey is turning into a Middle East country rapidly," he told.

MILLIYET

ERDOGAN DECIDES NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN TRILATERAL EU SUMMIT


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he decided not to participate in a trilateral EU summit that was scheduled for May between Turkey, Germany and France. Erdogan said that both Germany and France do not display sincere attitude towards Turkey's membership to the European Union. "The leaders of Germany and France talk differently in their countries and out of their countries. It is not possible for Turkey to accept privileged partnership instead of full membership to the EU," Erdogan stressed.

SIBERIAN COLD ARRIVES IN TURKEY

An extremely cold weather wave coming from the Black Sea region will be influential over the weekend in Turkey. Temperatures all across Turkey will go down by 5-7 degrees Celsius. Istanbul will receive snowfall over the weekend.

SABAH

THEY WILL WAIT FOR DECISION OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURT


The Justice & Development (AK) Party will wait for the result of the appeal of the Republican People's Party (CHP) without taking a new step regarding headscarf. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained the members of the AK Party Central Decision and Executive Board the stance they will assume on headscarf issue. Erdogan said that CHP will appeal to the Constitutional Court. He told AK Party members that they will wait for the decision of the court before they make an amendment to the additional 17th article of the Higher Education Board (YOK) law.

DICK CHENEY DUE IN TURKEY

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are expected to visit Ankara within the framework of fight against terrorism.

TURKEY TO COMPETE WITH "DELI" IN EUROVISION

Turkish "Mor ve Otesi" band will represent Turkey in the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest with a song named "Deli" (Crazy). The contest will take place in Belgrade.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Şubat 2008, 16:38
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