TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 23

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 23, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 23

TURKIYE
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"THERE IS NEED FOR URGENT REFORMS"
Hasim Kilic, the president of the Constitutional Court, said that the people considered that the judiciary was the only shelter against injustice. Kilic said that there was need for an urgent judiciary reform. Kilic hosted President Abdullah Gul, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials at a ceremony to mark the 48th anniversary of the foundation of the Constitutional Court.

YEREVAN FREEZES PEACE
Armenian President Serzh Sargsian said that ratification of protocols signed with Turkey to normalize ties between the two countries was suspended. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it is the decision of Armenia and Turkey's stance on the matter was clear.

ZAMAN
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PROTOCOL MANEUVER OF YEREVAN AGAINST TURKEY
Armenia suspended the protocols --which envisage normalization in diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia-- two days before April 24. Yerevan accused Ankara of "shirking and asking for new conditions". Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted the attitude of Armenia by saying, "it's up to them." He stressed that Turkey would be loyal to the protocols. Erdogan believes that the decision of Yerevan will not influence the speech of U.S. President Barack Obama on April 24.

CHILDREN'S HAPPIEST DAY
April 23 which was a gift from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk --founder of Republic of Turkey-- to children will be celebrated with exciting activities. Ciragan Palace, where heads of state stay, will open its doors to children today.

YENI SAFAK
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OUR ENERGY FROM BLACK SEA
Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) Director General Mehmet Uysal said that there was 10 billion barrels of oil potential under Black Sea. Noting that they invested four billion USD in Black Sea for oil exploration, Uysal said that the investment would exceed 60 billion USD when the production began.

IT'S UP TO THEM
Regarding the decision of Armenia to stop approval of protocols (which envisage normalization in diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "it is up to them how to manage the approval process. I cannot tell them how to do it."
 

HURRIYET
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CHILDREN'S DAY
April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day, which marks the foundation of the Turkish Parliament in 1920, is being celebrated today with a series of events throughout Turkey. Releasing a message to mark the Children's Day, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said, "our children, as representatives of peace, friendship and love, are the guarantee of our future."

2016 LOBBY IN MADRID
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have talks with members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in Spanish capital of Madrid in regard to Turkey's candidacy to host Euro 2016. Erdogan will travel to Madrid to watch 2010 UEFA Champions League Final on May 22.

MILLIYET
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HAPPY APRIL 23
We are celebrating with excitement April 23 --the day Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded Turkish Parliament and presented it as a festival to children.

CALCULATIONS MIXED
A total of 337 votes were cast in favor of the article 8 of constitutional amendment package --on closure of political parties-- despite the support of five independent and five Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) deputies. Now, eyes turned to critical articles about HSYK and Constitutional Court.
Even in the first critical article, the government saw that its job was hard. Ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party has 335 votes. A total of 345 votes should have been cast in favor of article 8 after the support of five independent and five BDP members. Now, eyes turned to other articles about HSYK and Constitutional Court. AK Party may have difficulty in these articles without the support.

SABAH
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ARMENIA FREEZES PROTOCOL
Armenian President Serzh Sargsian said on Thursday that Armenia was freezing its ratification of protocols to normalize ties with Turkey. Sargsian said that when Turkey was ready, they could think of resuming the process.

2 YEAR IMPRISONMENT TERM DEMANDED FOR TARKAN
Two year imprisonment term was demanded for Turkish pop-star Tarkan for purchasing, keeping and using drugs and admitting to its use. Tarkan was earlier detained for their alleged links with two drug dealers being monitored by narcotics agents and then he was released.
 

VATAN
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CUNNINGNESS
48 hours before the U.S. President Barack Obama's message on April 24, Armenia announced that it suspended Turkey-Armenia normalization process with the reason that "Turkey is not taking any steps". Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "it's up to them. I don't think U.S. president will be influenced."

TURKEY OFFERED HELP TO GREECE
Greek Ta Nea newspaper claimed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Greek prime minister on the phone last week, and offered financial assistance to the country. The newspaper also wrote that Greek prime minister politely rejected the offer.

CUMHURIYET
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL
April 23 National Sovereignty & Children's Day will be celebrated with joy across Turkey as well as in foreign representations and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Ceremonies in capital Ankara will begin with a visit to Anitkabir (Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk --founder of Republic of Turkey). Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized "change" in his message released for April 23.

NO POLICE OFFICCERS AT TAKSIM ON MAY 1
May 1 Organization Committee reached a consensus about celebrations on May 1 Labor Day. There will be no security forces at Taksim Square in Istanbul during celebrations. Confederations will organize their own security. People will chant the same slogans.

RADIKAL
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INITIATIVE IN REFRIGERATOR
Three partners in the coalition of Armenia announced that protocols (to normalize ties with Turkey) should be suspended. Ankara perceived the decision of Armenia as a maneuver for domestic politics. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that U.S. President Barack Obama would not be influenced by the decision of Armenia.

EROGLU: "I WILL BE IN HARMONY WITH DAVUTOGLU"
New President Dervis Eroglu of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) talked about the policy that he will pursue. Eroglu said that he was ready to discuss every matter with Turkish officials. Eroglu said that he would be in harmony with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
 

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