Turkish Press December 16th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 16th, 2007.

Turkish Press December 16th

TURKIYE

SOCIAL SECURITY TO BE PASSED ON JAN. 15TH

Turkish State Minister Mehmet Simsek said the works on the social security reform reached to the final stage. Simsek stated the parliament would pass the law on social security reform on January 15th at the latest.


HUGE INVESTMENT FROM TRISTAR IN TURKEY

Swiss TriStar Group decided to make investments worth of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in the areas of energy, finance, mining and construction in Turkey. The group will make its first investment of 155 million U.S. dollars in textile and construction sectors in the country.


ZAMAN

ERDOGAN: "EU PROCESS CONTINUES"

An expression has been changed against Turkey by the demand of France in the declaration of the EU Summit that took place in Lisbon. After this development, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey's EU process continued. "Change of one word is not important to me. I do not have any concern over our European Union accession process and I do not care much about the expressions in that document," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.


TURKEY SHOULD SERVE AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN EU AND ISLAMIC COUNTRIES

One day after EU leaders obeyed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's views against Turkey, a remarkable statement came from the Islam world. Intellectuals of the Arab countries who gathered in the Abant Platform said Turkey served as a bridge between the West and Islamic countries. Intellectuals underlined the importance of Turkey's EU accession process and eulogized Turkey's advancing on the EU path by maintaining its own values.


YENI SAFAK

PRESIDENT GUL URGES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN OIL IN KAZAKHSTAN

Turkish President Abdullah Gul urged Turkish businessmen to invest in Kazakh oil sector. Addressing Turkish businessmen in Kazakhstan, Gul said Turkish entrepreneurs should consider investing in oil sector besides construction in Kazakhstan. Gul also cited a promise by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to contract Turkish companies in energy investments on the Caspian coast.


POLICE DETAINS SEVEN IN CONNECTION WITH SUNK IMMIGRANT BOAT

Police detained seven suspects in the western port city of Izmir on Saturday in relation with a boat accident last weekend that killed 50 illegal immigrants. The boat carrying illegal migrants to the Greek islands sank after it set sail from Seferihisar's Sigacik coast. Six illegal migrants survived the accident.

VATAN

AK PARTY DEPUTY: THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD SOLVE HEADSCARF ISSUE

Burhan Kuzu, a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and head of a constitution committee at parliament, said the government should solve headscarf issue during its current term. "Our goal is to serve. Premier Erdogan has refrained for years to bring up the issue just to avoid tensions," Kuzu said. "If they want we could put a provision in the Constitution," he stated.


CUMHURIYET

SIX DETAINED IN REGARD TO IMMIGRANT BOAT ACCIDENT

Six people were detained in regard to the immigrant boat accident that took place in Seferihisar town of Aegean province of Izmir. A boat carrying illegal migrants to the Greek islands capsized near Seferihisar and sank after it set sail from Seferihisar's Sigacik coast. Six illegal migrants survived the accident and 50 bodies were found.


WINTER ARRIVES

Heavy snowfall, which paralyzed daily life and traffic in the northwestern part of the country last week, also continued on Saturday. Snow thickness reached 10 centimeters in city center of Edirne.


RADIKAL

ERDOGAN CALM OVER EUROPEAN UNION

Ankara did not seem concerned over an EU summit declaration which failed to mention the word "accession" when referring to Turkey's membership talks. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan played down the issue: "I do not have any concern over our European Union accession process and I do not care much about the expressions in that document. Because our journey continues with determination and I think that we are winning in this process not losing."


KAZAKH MINISTER GIVE PRESIDENT GUL COLT

On the last day of his visit to Kazakhstan, Turkish President Abdullah Gul received a colt as a gift from Kazakh Minister of Tourism and Sports Temirkan Dosmukhanbetov. The 1.5 year-old purebred French colt is named "Gibraltar."

HURRIYET

CHAMBER OF SACRED TRUSTS AT TOPKAPI MUSEUM RENOVATED

A chamber at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, which contains holy relics of the Prophet Mohammed has been renovated, a museum official said. The chamber contains Prophet Mohammed's cloak, his sword, one tooth, a hair of his beard, his battle sabres, an autographed letter and other relics which are known as the Sacred Trusts. The renovation costed about 4.5 million YTL.


TURKEY-BORN SYRIAC SOCIOLOGIST KILLED IN SWEDEN

A Turkey-born Syriac scholar was stabbed to death last Tuesday in Sweden. Dr. Fuat Deniz, a sociologist who is said to be known for his studies on Syriacs and Assyrians, was stabbed by unidentified assailant in the neck. Swedish police said the murder could be politically motivated.


MILLIYET

ERDOGAN MAKES SOME SELF-CRITICISMS

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed businessmen in the capital Ankara and made some self-criticisms regarding the developments in Turkish economy. Delivering a speech in the 23rd General Assembly of the Turkish Confederation of Employers' Unions (TISK), Erdogan said, "we have some problems concerning the economy. Interest rates are still high. We could not catch the inflation target for 2007, either."


MARCO RETURNS HOME

17 year-old German teenager Marco W. who was released on bail and who has been in detention since April in southern province of Antalya under charges of sexually abusing a 13-year-old British girl returned home by a private plane chartered by German TV channel RTL.


SABAH

PREMIER ERDOGAN ON ATTITUDE OF SARKOZY

In regard to the EU Summit in Lisbon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy's attitude, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "there is no guaranty what will happen for the next 10 years. No one knows what will happen tomorrow." EU summit declaration failed to cite "accession" in its wording when referring to Turkey's membership negotiations. "I do not have any concern over our European Union accession process and I do not care much about the expressions in that document," Erdogan told reporters. "Because our journey continues with determination and I think that we are winning in this process not losing," he said. "What is the end goal of EU negotiations? It is accession. Leaving out the word 'accession' is something we do not care much about," Erdogan added.

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