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

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


In his interview with Reuters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we cannot allow PKK to launch attacks any more. Firstly our neighbor Iraq and also the United States should take steps in this issue." Erdogan noted that if attacks of PKK continue and Iraq and the United States do not take necessary steps, Turkey may stage a cross-border operation.

General Staff released a statement regarding the horror scenario discussed in Hudson Institute, and said, "we are following with sorrow the efforts to associate Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) with the scenario. That scenario was not discussed while soldiers were there. It is an intentional initiative to deviate the issue."


Share of foreign countries started to rise to 50 percent in banking sector recently with the sale of Oyakbank. Foreign companies reached to the position of controlling partner in 7 of the 10 big companies in insurance sector. The Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu said, "share of foreign companies in the sector reached 70 percent."

A statement released after the National Security Council (MGK) meeting emphasized that, "necessary steps to fight against terrorism would be taken together with people and on the basis of democracy and rule of law. The statement also said every kind of support would be extended to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) against the policies of the Greek Cypriot party trying to broaden its sovereignty rights in the Mediterranean."


The election declaration of Republican People's Party (CHP) is full of hopes. According to the declaration, the retirement premium day will be decreased from 9,000 to 7,000 and the identification card will stand for "Green Card". Moreover, scholarships will be provided to a million students each year and all the university students will have have the chance to stay at dormitories. On the other hand, the declaration promises to end terrorism and turn Turkey into a "country of peace". CHP's declaration also stresses that unemployment will be reduced thanks to a strong and extroverted industry.

"The military attache was unaware of the scenario, he was invited verbally and he attended the meeting upon an authorization," Turkish General Staff said in a statement regarding the incident that took place at the U.S. Hudson Institute. "Turkish General Staff Strategic Research and Study Center's (SAREM) delegation's visit had no connection with the meeting. The correspondent distorted the issue. Interpreting the issue by associating it with Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), is a point that should be considered," General Staff stated.


Celebi Air Service company filed a criminal complaint to the prosecutor's office on charges that the Antalya Airport's bidding process (on April 12th, 2007) was rigged. The Celebi Air Service company was eliminated at the beginning of the bidding process. Prosecutor Huseyin Kocabey of the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office asked the security department to send all the files about the tender including all the specificiations. The security department send all the files to the prosecutor.

Peugeot-Citroen Group is getting prepared for a historical step for the Turkish automotive industry. The group will purchase spare parts (worth of 400 million Euro) from Turkey. The group will rise this figure to 1.5 billion Euro within 2 years. The next step will be to establish an automobile factory in Turkey.


General Staff released a statement regarding scenarios made on Turkey in Hudson Institute. It said, "we are watching with sorrow that the scenario is associated with Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) by highlighting presence of TSK personnel in the meeting."

Bursa gendarmery and security forces staged operations in Bursa, Kayseri, Sanliurfa and Kocaeli. A total of 23 people in connection with Al-Qaeda were taken into custody.


Turkish General Staff made a statement regarding the disaster scenario of the U.S. Hudson Institute, 6 days after the incident. "The delegation from the Turkish General Staff Strategic Research and Study Center (SAREM) participated in the last session of the meeting for a short time and they did not deliver any speeches or comments regarding the mentioned scenario," General Staff underscored in a statement.

Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal announced his party's election declaration with a press conference he held on Wednesday. Expressing his will for a "single rulership", Baykal said, "what Turkey needs is a compass, not an ordinary election declaration. The ship has set sail and we have the compass in front of us".


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made interesting statements to Reuters news agency regarding the current situation in fight against PKK terrorist organization. Regarding a cross-border operation, Erdogan said, "this is one of the most important alternatives on the table". He added, "we are out of patience."

In a written statement released by National Security Council (MGK), it was stressed that all measures are continued to be taken in fight against terrorism in any condition.


General Staff made a statement on the meeting that took place in Hudson Institute where the "dark scenario was discussed". The General Staff statement said the military attache in Washington as well as the chairman of the Turkish General Staff Strategic Research and Study Center (SAREM) delegation attended the meeting for a short time. "No conversation has been made about the scenario during this time and the SAREM members did not make any comment," the statement underscored.

According to the recent survey conducted by Eurobarometre, the institution of the EU responsible for the public opinion polls, Turks have the least confidence in the EU institutions. Although 54 percent of the Turkish people were supporting the EU membership 6 months ago, now this number dropped to 52 percent.


The only criticism regarding the sale of Oyak Bank was made by retired generals. The generals who denied the allegations that claimed "Oyak Bank was not the bank of the army", said that they could close their accounts at the bank. Stressing that the stance of the Netherlands against terrorist groups was not correct, Turkish Retired Generals' Association Chairman Riza Kucukoglu said, "all the personal information and addresses of generals are kept at this bank. Our reaction is against Coskun Ulusoy".

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the fight against terrorism with Turkish General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit today. During the talk, Erdogan will receive a briefing on the active and comprehensive fight against terrorist organization PKK. Holding the briefing after the National Security Council (MGK) meeting and following Erdogan's remarks who stated that "Iraq and USA should take steps against terrorism, otherwise Turkey would do so", was considered as a significant development.

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