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Turkish Press Review of Sabah, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Sabah, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal


Upon Ankara's harsh reaction, the peshmerga said, "it was not a deliberate incident. We have apologized from the Turkish soldiers," regarding the recent harassment against Turkish soldiers in Iraqi province of Suleymaniyah. "It happened by mistake. It was not an attempt against the members of the Turkish Armed Forces," said Behruz Gelali, representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Ankara. On the other hand, "It was not known that the people in the vehicle were Turkish soldiers. We have apologized from them," stated PUK's website.

The decision regarding the dissolution of the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN), was not taken at yesterday's congress. Erkan Mumcu, who was re-elected ANAVATAN's chairman, said that offering the closure of the party was not appropriate. Meanwhile, Democrat Party (DP) chairman Mehmet Agar stressed that "establishing a contact between the two parties again would be difficult".


After a Turkish military team and peshmergas got very close to a clash in north of Iraq, the Turkish Foreign Ministry phoned the United States Ambassador in Ankara Ross Wilson. The MFA requested from Wilson to tell the peshmergas "to get their act together and behave responsibly."

The Democrat Party (DP) and Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) did not unite on Saturday. Chairman of the Motherland Party Erkan Mumcu blamed the Chairman of the DP Mehmet Agar for not being able to unite. The Motherland Party did not revoke itself as expected on Saturday. Not wanting the candidacy of the former prime minister Mesut Yilmaz, Mumcu asked reporters to research who in Turkey is hated more. "Is it head of the terrorist organization Ocalan or someone else?" said Mumcu, referring indirectly to Mesut Yilmaz as the most hated person in Turkey.


Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan indicated on Saturday that the government will "privatize the Ziraat (Agriculture) Bank." We plan to privatize all state banks soon, noted Unakitan.

The Governorship of Istanbul filed an application with Istanbul Prosecutor's Office to close down LambdaIstanbul, a gay and lesbian association. Although the prosecutor rejected such an application, a higher court ruled in favor of the Istanbul Governorship. The gay and lesbian association will most likely be closed down. The Istanbul Governorship insists that LambdaIstanbul is illegal and against moral values.


The Turkish Parliament adopted a new bill granting super powers to Turkish Police in the fight against terror. With the new bill, police officers will be able to stop anyone and ask for an ID. Those who can not show an ID will be arrested. BAYKAL & DEMIREL HAND IN HAND Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal paid a courtesy visit to the ninth president of Turkey Suleyman Demirel on Saturday. "I was the one who requested an appointment with Demirel. I received some evaluations from Demirel," said Baykal.


Finals of the 5th International Turkish Language Olympics were held at Istanbul Exhibition & Congress Center on Saturday. A chorus comprising of students from 100 countries sang songs in the finals ceremony. Havsa Mula from Macedonia won song contest while Ajda Rusbekkizi from Kyrgyzstan won the poem contest. Turkish National Education Minister Huseyin Celik who attended the ceremony said that it is meaningful that 550 students from the world came to Turkey to attend the olympics. Students from 83 countries had participated in the 4th International Turkish Language Olympics.

The inauguration of the new floating fair Bluexpo took place on Saturday. The first floating fair went into service in 1926 under the directives of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of the Republic of Turkey. The Bluexpo fair ship will visit Varna, Bulgaria between June 4th and 5th, Constanta, Romania between June 6th and 7th, Odessa, Ukraine between June 8th and 9th, Yalta, Ukraine between June 10th and 11th, Sochi, Russia between June 12th and 13th, Batumi, Georgia between June 14th and 15th, Trabzon on June 16th and Istanbul on June 18th. 71 companies are being represented at the floating fair.


Deniz Baykal, chairman of Republican People's Party, paid a confidential visit to former president Suleyman Demirel. According to sources, Baykal offered Demirel parliamentary mandate and if required, presidency for the second time. "Mr. Demirel is a respected statesman. We have assessed the latest developments with him. We had a quite beneficial and productive meeting," said Baykal after the visit.

Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) chairman Erkan Mumcu, who has acted together with Democrat Party (DP) leader Mehmet Agar and has not let his MPs participate in the presidential election, was not taken into DP. Mumcu invited DP chairman Agar to ANAVATAN's congress during which the party would be closed, however, Agar did not come. Mumcu, who said they could make more sacrifices, could not get any reply from Agar either.


Chief Cardiologist at Istanbul's Memorial Hospital Dr. Bingur Sonmez indicated that "children who eat fast food will have heart problems in the future." Food like hamburgers cause addiction due to fat that they carry, noted Sonmez. He added that "in 20 years, Turkish streets will be full of adolescents with heart problems." HEAVY RAIN ON THE WAY Turkey will receive heavy rain in the next few days, said the Meteorology Directorate General on Sunday. Temperatures all across Turkey will drop by 3-7 degrees.


Parents of students studying at private elementary, junior and high schools across Turkey are complaining of high tuition fees. Some private schools charge 20,000 YTL as annual tuition fees. With the addition of costs such as lunch fees, transportation fees, uniforms, books and stationery, some schools cost 25,000 YTL to attend.

Turkey ranks 25th with its income per capita among 30 OECD countries, said International Monetary Fund (IMF) sources. Income per capita in Turkey is estimated to be 5,882 USD in 2007. Luxembourg is the richest country among OECD nations with an income per capita of 98,301 USD.


While Ankara gets prepared to deliver a diplomatic note to Iraq upon the latest incident against Turkish soldiers in Suleymaniyah, Iraqi officials keep sending apology messages one after another. Behruz Gelali, representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Ankara, said that their intention could never be harassing the Turkish soldiers. Meanwhile, U.S. officials stated that they believed the concerned parties would solve the problem.

The cooperation between Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) and Democrat Party (DP) lasted 29 days. ANAVATAN chairman Erkan Mumcu who could not get the desired places in the parliamentary candidate lists, criticized DP chairman Agar. On the other hand, chaos started in ANAVATAN when Mumcu said former chairman of the party Mesut Yilmaz was less loved than the head of the terrorist organization Ocalan. 4 MPs resigned from the party upon Mumcu's remarks.

Source: AA
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