Turkish Press Review

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

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


Four members of the terrorist organization PKK surrendered to Turkish security forces in Silopi town of the eastern city of Sirnak last week. Three of them made shocking testimonies after their arrest. They claimed that the U.S. soldiers handed over two truckloads of long-range rifles and ammunition to the PKK camp in north of Iraq. They also said that since the PKK attributed great importance to the general elections in Turkey to be held on July 22nd, it sent some of its members to Turkey to stage some acts of terror prior to the elections.

The argument between Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli over the capital punishment for Abdullah Ocalan, head of the terrorist organization, escalated political tension. Bahceli said that only the MHP rejected the law saving Ocalan from being executed, during the period of the coalition government of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), the Motherland Party (ANAP) and the MHP.


In a rally held in north-western province of Edirne on Sunday, Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal indicated that the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has pulled the trigger of terrorism. "The legislation brought terror to the point where it was before. Terrorists released from prison went to the mountains again and gave momentum to terrorism," noted Baykal.

Three PKK terrorists, including a woman, have been arrested in Istanbul on Sunday. Police found plastic explosives, equipment used in making bombs and documents related to PKK in a search conducted in homes of the terrorists.

Portugal became the European Union's new rotating president on Sunday, July 1st. The outgoing president, Germany, has not kept its promises on direct trade with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and opening four chapters for negotiations with Turkey.


"Anything is on the table and we do rule out nothing," Abdullah Gul told reporters about a possible cross-border operation into north of Iraq. "The military prepared the plans which are all approved by the government and the premier himself. The important thing is to get results, not to show off," Gul added.

Mehmet Simsek, one of the leading election candidates of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said that domestic investors who bought 20 billion USD in just one year due to fears of economic crisis might lose money after the general elections which are scheduled for July 22nd. Simsek also said that it is highly unlikely that foreign investors would exit Turkey.


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they aimed at competing with the whole world. "We will always go forward. Turkey will rise on four elements: education, health, justice and security. We will make Turkey a country of peace and development," Erdogan said at a rally in the southern city of Mersin.

Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said, "Turkey will defend its rights under any circumstance. Plans and programs for a cross-border military operation into north of Iraq were made by the military, and approved by the government and the Prime Minister."


In an interview with Today's Zaman daily, Turkish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul indicated that "Turkey will not seek the permission of other countries for Turkey's own security." "However, we are not insisting on a cross-border operation into north of Iraq," added Gul.

Turkey celebrated the 81st anniversary of the Maritime and Cabotage Day throughout the country on Sunday. "Maritime affairs and cabotage are highly important for Turkey. Turkey's development depends on importance attached to seas," said Erol Yucel, Chairman of the Sea Chamber of Commerce.

Turkey has the most attractive real estate market in Europe, said the Property Guide. According to the Property Guide, the Turkish economy has grown thanks to many reforms by the government and as such the real estate market boomed. "With the new mortgage laws, interest rates in property loans dropped and investment in real estate has become very profitable in Turkey," said the Property Guide. The City of Istanbul and other cities on the coast attract most foreign buyers of real estate. Some of the reasons foreigners buy property in Turkey are the stable economy, completion of touristic infrastructure and widely developed transportation system. Real estate experts say that prices in Turkey resemble those in Spain 10 years ago.


Yasin Hayal, one of key suspects of the killing of journalist-writer Hrant Dink of Armenian origin, sent a letter to the prosecutor which reads, "you used us. Why don't you protect us now? I gave you important information and you told me that you would release me if I behaved myself." GIANT OIL RESERVE IN NIGDE The second biggest oil reserves of Turkey were found in the central city of Nigde. Efforts are under way to extract oil.


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if the General Staff had not released such a statement on April 27th, the Istanbul stock exchange would have exceeded 50 thousand points. "I am not offended with anyone. But I explained my views to Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. If we had not experienced April 27th tension, the Istanbul stock exchange would have exceeded 50 thousand points. The stock exchange reduced by 12 percent because of the tension," Erdogan said in an interview with the Hurriyet daily.

Three military personnel who were killed when a roadside bomb planted by the terrorist organization PKK, exploded in the eastern city of Tunceli on June 30th, were laid to rest in their hometowns. One of them was 28-year-old non-commissioned officer Atilla Sener. His wife Aysegul Sener tried to help those carrying her husband's coffin draped in Turkish flag.


Three out of four members of the terrorist organization PKK, who surrendered last week to Turkish security forces in the southeastern city of Sirnak, told their interrogators that two U.S. armoured carriers had delivered M-16 automatic rifles and several munitions to the organization on the Qandil Mountains. Terrorists also said that remote-control mines used by the PKK in its recent terrorist attacks are obtained from north of Iraq.

Turkish and German geologists are set to drill into to the north Marmara fault line to set up an observatory at depth in the fault line. Scientists will place seismic sensors at Marmara's Sivriada island to examine chemical compositions, heath transaction and distribution of tension. The project GONAF is expected to cost some 5 million USD.


terrorist who surrendered to Turkish security forces, said on Sunday that the United States provided weapons to PKK at the Qandil Mountain in north of Iraq. "The weapons were brought to Qandil in two armored vehicles of the U.S. Armed Forces," told the PKK terrorist. "Modern weapons are being provided to PKK by the United States while mines come from north of Iraq," added the PKK terrorist.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the comments of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli that "terrorist head Abdullah Ocalan should be hanged." During the Justice and Development (AK) Party rally in Mersin, Erdogan said that "Bahceli is an actor. He sends hangman's halter to us. He is not aware that laws have changed. Why didn't he hang Ocalan while he was the deputy prime minister?"

Turkish giant Sabanci Holding has applied to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) to sell electricity to Greece. The EPDK has approved Sabanci's application and paved the way for electricity exports to Turkey's neighbor.

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