TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 22

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 22, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 22

TURKIYE
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TURKEY AND SYRIA TO HUNT DOWN TERRORISTS TOGETHER
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian Premier Naci Otri discussed bilateral relations and terrorism in Ankara. The two leaders who signed a cooperation agreement against terrorist organizations, said "our joint struggle shall continue."

FENERBAHCE CLAIMS WORLD TROPHY
Fenerbahce-Acibadem Women's Voleyball Team has written history. Fenerbahce-Acıbadem who beat (3-0) Barazil's Sollys Osasco in the Final, became the first Voleyball to win the world championship. Fenerbahce's Girls who did not even lose a single set, honoured Turkey with the trophy.

ZAMAN
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SUCCESS IN VOLLEYBALL
Turkish volleyball team Fenerbahce Acibadem defeated Brazil's Sollys Osasco 3-0 in the finals of the FIVB Women's Volleyball Club World Championship 2010 held in Qatar and became the world champion. Throughout the tournament, the yellow-blue team have not lost a single set against champions.

MEETING THAT EASED "BILINGUALISM" TENSION IN PARLIAMENT
An important meeting took place in the parliament yesterday. Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin received Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) chairman Selahattin Demirtas and party administrators.
Sahin warned that actions that would lead to tension should be avoided and wanted them not to address to people from the Parliament in a language apart from Turkish.
Demirtas responded affirmatively to the call of Sahin.

YENI SAFAK
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BDP PUSHES LIMITS OF PATIENCE
Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) has taken action to destroy the positive atmosphere in the public regarding the solution of the Kurdish issue. The party's way to express its demands such as two official languages, a second flag and own defense forces, has started to push the limits of patience.

LOBBY WAR IN WASHINGTON
"Lobby wars" started as the Armenian diaspora displayed efforts to bring the resolution on the incidents of 1915 onto the agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives which will convene under the presidency of Nancy Pelosi for the last time. The Turkish lobby intensified its high-level talks, while Armenians started launching campaigns one after another.
 

VATAN
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CANKAYA STEPS IN
Following the tension over the "demand for autonomy with two flags" voiced in the weekend, President Abdullah Gul decided to go to Diyarbakir.
Gul who is closely monitoring the developments, asked his staff to prepare a trip to Diyarbakir. The trip is scheduled to take place on December 30 and 31. President Gul will visit the Governor's Office and the Municipality in Diyarbakir.
Gul who will also get together with Civil organizations during his visit, is expected to give messages of unity and solidarity.

LAME DUCK FAILS
The outgoing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is referred to as "lame duck" because she lost the elections in November, drew wide reaction, when she made a last minute attempt to bring the Resolution 252 to house floor to appeal to the Armenian voters in her district.
Pelosi who called Congressmen one by one to ask for their support, caused concern in Ankara and Washington. Turkish Embassy, the White House and U.S. State and Defense Departments stepped in and prevented the voting.

CUMHURIYET
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NOT A DECISION, BUT A DEBATE
Paying a visit to Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin, Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) chairperson Selahattin Demirtas defended his remarks about autonomy. During the visit, Demirtas explained BDP's stance to Sahin, who earlier said that the party would bear the consequences if it insisted on the Kurdish language issue. Demirtas said his party had no intention to use the Kurdish language inside the parliament. The chairman also said that democratic autonomy was an issue included in BDP's party program. Describing Democratic Society Congress' (DTK) draft on "autonomous Kurdistan" as "a text to discuss on", Demirtas said it would be wrong to accept such text as a decision adopted.

TURKISH MEDIA FOUND RESPONSIBLE
Justice and Development (AK) Party, which could not sue U.S. diplomats, is thinking about filing cases against those who have published the (Wikileaks) documents. Visual and print media organs in Turkey, which have published or broadcast the documents and accusations claiming that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had 8 different bank accounts in Switzerland, are being monitored closely. Turkish Justice Ministry was asked its opinion on filing action for compensation against the media. If Erdogan approves, high-amount compensation cases are expected to be filed.

RADIKAL
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SAHIN AND DEMIRTAS SPOKE THE SAME LANGUAGE
Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin and Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) chairman Selahattin Demirtas who earlier had discussion via media, met on Tuesday.
Demirtas later said BDP did not have a demand to speak Kurdish in the parliament. Sahin in his part said he believed sincerity of Demirtas.

BABACAN TO SAY "RAISE INTEREST RATE"
State Minister Ali Babacan will meet with the bankers at 4.00 p.m. in Ankara Palas today.
Babacan, who will meet director generals of 49 banks, is expected to relay the message to "raise rate of credit interest".
The banks can not raise credit interests much because of competition. However, Babacan's message is expected to be influential.
 

HURRIYET
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RESOLUTION ALARM
Tension was high at the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday because of the Resolution 252 on the so-called Armenian genocide. When the House Committee on rules did not carry the issue to agenda, all eyes were turned to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has the power to suspend the committee. "We have concentrated on issues in the agenda. Today's really busy. Maybe tomorrow," Pelosi told Hürriyet.
While the Armenian lobby is pressing to pass the law from the House before Christmas, the Turkish lobby tried to prevent it. Co-Chairmen of the U.S.-Turkey friendship group at the U.S. House of Representatives sent letters to Congressmen.
The letter warned that adoption of the resolution would harm the national interests of the U.S. and cast a blow to talks between Turkey and Israel aimed at mending the fences.

INCIDENT IN LEFKOSA
Turkish basketball team Pinar Karsiyaka which is leading Group C in the Eurochallange Cup was attacked in the Greek Cypriot Side. Spokesperson of the team said "3000 Greek Cypriots attacked the team after the game. Our fitness instructor's arm was broken during the attack. Our team was going to spend the night in Lefkosa and return to Turkey through Athens. But after the incident the team decided to go to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus under the escort of UN Peacekeeping Force. The team will return to Turkey today."

MILLIYET
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TWO NEW PROVINCES TO THE SOUTHEAST
Government started to take action to make two southeastern towns Yuksekova and Cizre --where incidents occurred much recently- provinces.
Interior Ministry concluded legal works to upgrade Cizre town of Southeastern province of Sirnak and Yuksekova town of Hakkari to the level of "province".
Accordingly, Cizre will be the 82nd province including Guclukonak and Idil towns which are currently in Sirnak province. Yuksekova will be the 83rd province including Semdinli town of Hakkari.
There will be changes in economic means when those two towns are upgraded to the level of province. Number of civil servants in Cizre and Yuksekova will increase and they will get direct share from the budget.

UGLY ATTACK TO TURKISH TEAM IN GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE
Greek Cypriot supporters attacked members of a Turkish basketball team Pinar Karsiyaka in its group match with Apoel. The Greek Cypriot supporters hurled gas bombs on the basketball players and later came the changing room and beat the players. Some of the basketball players were injured.
It was stated that UN Forces will ensure passage of the team to Turkish side.

SABAH
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OBAMA WILL STAND BY HIS NOBEL PRIZE
Commenting on the efforts to bring the resolution on Armenian allegations on incidents of 1915 onto the agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out to the Nobel Prize presented to U.S. President Barack Obama. "They described the Nobel Prize as a reflection of peace and love. I believe, those who believe that, will stand by this notion," Erdogan said.

YELLOW ANGELS BECOME WORLD CHAMPION
Turkish volleyball team Fenerbahce Acibadem defeated Brazil's Sollys Osasco 3-0 in the finals of the FIVB Women's Volleyball Club World Championship 2010 held in Qatar and became the world champion. Throughout the tournament, the yellow-blue team have not lost a single set against champions like Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

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