TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 24, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 24

TURKIYE
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     BIG WAR AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT
     Labor Minister Omer Dincer said that a new employment policy would be launched for especially women and disabled people. Industry & Trade Minister Nihat Ergun also said that the salary of qualified personnel of small and medium scale enterprises would be supported.
    
     ANOTHER MUSLIM MEMBER TO NATO
     Turkey's efforts yielded results. NATO reached an agreement for membership action plan of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The number of Muslim countries in NATO will rise to two after Bosnia joins the organization. Also territorial integrity of Bosnia will be guaranteed.
    
     ZAMAN
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     SHORTENED MILITARY SERVICE MAY BE ANOTHER TIME
     A decision was not made in favor of shotened military service by payment during the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug. It was stated that the circumstances were not suitable for the shortened military service, and also it could harm fight against terrorism. Finance Ministry, which was expecting an income of 2.6 billion Turkish lira from shortened military service, is sorry about the outcome of the meeting.
    
     APRIL 23 EXCITEMENT ACROSS TURKEY
     April 23 National Sovereignty & Children's Day was celebrated with excitement this year too. Beautiful shows were performed in various places of Turkey. People rush into stadiums to watch the performances. Children, who took the seats of politicians and bureaucrats for one day, were in excitement.
    
     YENI SAFAK
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     SHORTENED MILITARY SERVICE TO BE DISCUSSED SOME OTHER TIME
     The long-expected surprise did not come after the weekly meeting of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug. Releasing a statement after the gathering, the Prime Ministry said that "shortened military service could not be implemented as the current circumstances were not suitable".
    
     KARABAKH DEADLOCK
     As there are hours for U.S. President Barack Obama's historic April 24 speech overshadowed by the resolution on Armenian allegations regarding incidents of 1915, the "protocol crisis" between Ankara and Yerevan has gained a different dimension.
     After Prime Minister Erdogan reacted harshly to Armenia that has suspended the protocols, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "This is their decision. However, we hope that the process, which has been carried out successfully so far, will continue from where we have left".
     Replying to Ankara's reaction, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian criticized Turkey's condition on Karabakh. "No progress can be made unless Turkey takes a step. We will not discuss the Karabakh issue with Turkey," Nalbandian said.
 

VATAN
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     SHORTENED MILITARY SERVICE ANOTHER TIME
     During their summit that took more than 2 hours, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug decided that "the current circumstances were not suitable for shortened military service by payment".
     Releasing a statement, the Prime Ministry said General Staff Chief Basbug stated that the number of people performing their military service duty did not meet Turkish army's needs, moreover, shortened military service might affect the fight against terrorism negatively.
    
     THAT FLAG NOT TO COME DOWN
     Dervis Eroglu, the new president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), made a historic statement to Vatan daily.
     "We will carry on with our negotiations with Greek Cypriots. Our aim is to reach a settlement. I have been a prime minister for 18 years. I have never had and will never have a problem with Turkey. I will never say 'Yes' to a solution that will pave the way for removal of the Turkish Cypriot flag on Besparmak Mountains. That flag will stay there forever," Eroglu said.
    
     CUMHURIYET
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     WARNING ABOUT "LEADER CUSTODY" AT PARLIAMENT
     Turkish politicians had a stressful feast on "April 23 National Sovereignty & Children's Day" as they kept on criticizing each other.
     Speaking at a session at the Turkish parliament, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave messages to Republican People's Party (CHP), which did not attend the voting on constitutional amendment package.
     "Those who find the parliament incapable, are denying the nation," Erdogan said.
     On the other hand, CHP chairperson Deniz Baykal said, "if the parliament has granted the majority to a leader in order to make such person take the institutions under his/her custody, then the saying "sovereignty belongs to the nation" written on the wall of the parliament does not mean a thing".
    
     THIS "BALYOZ" WILL HIT THEIR HEADS
     Former 1st Army Commander retired General Cetin Dogan, for whom an arrest warrant was issued, said upon his arrival at an Istanbul courthouse, "everybody will see that this 'Balyoz' (meaning 'big hammer' in Turkish) will hit the heads of those who have created it."
     Upon completion of proceedings at the courthouse, Dogan was sent to prison.
    
     RADIKAL
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     NO SHORTENED MILITARY SERVICE
     A negative result came out from the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug regarding shortened military service in exchange of payment. A statement was released after the meeting which said the circumstances were not suitable for shortened military service by payment but the period of military service might be shortened in general.
    
     CALL FOR A SILENCE
     President Abdullah Gul said that there was a need for a silent diplomacy for a while in relations with Armenia. When asked whether he thought the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia stopped, Gul said, "no".
 

HURRIYET
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     MILITARY SERVICE SURPRISE TO 40,000 POLICEMEN
     Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that the government would discuss ways to solve the military service problem of 40,000 police officers.
     Speaking to Hurriyet daily, Atalay said, "I have completed my study and my file is ready. I believe police officers do not need to complete military service, because they get the same training. Following a one or two-month basic training, they can continue with their military service as policemen".
    
     ARRESTED FOR THE SECOND TIME
     Former 1st Army Commander retired Gen. Cetin Dogan has been arrested for the second time within the scope of the "Balyoz action plan" investigation. Dogan was arrested on the charge of "attempting to overthrow the government by using force" and sent to prison.
    
     MILLIYET
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     NO CONDITION FOR SHORTENED MILITARY SERVICE
     People, who were looking forward to a decision about shortened military service in exchange of payment, were disappointed after the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug. Following the meeting, Prime Ministry stated that the outcome of the meeting was that conditions were not appropriate for a shortened military service.
    
     AK PARTY-BDP ALLIANCE
     The most obvious support came yesterday from Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) to Justice & Development (AK) Party which had a difficulty in voting on constitutional amendment package despite it attended the debates at Parliament with full complement for not remaining under 330 votes which is the limit for referendum. BDP parliamentarian Hasip Kaplan said that if there was an urgent need to exceed the referendum threshold, BDP would not remain indifferent.
    
     SABAH
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     POLICE MURDERERS KILLED
     Two PKK terrorists, who murdered police officer Omer Akcan in Kiziltepe town of the southeastern province of Mardin, were killed. The two terrorists earlier attacked a police station in Kiziltepe, killed one police officer and injured two others. The terrorists were killed in a clash in Kiziltepe. Meanwhile, funeral ceremony of Omer Akcan was held in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.
    
     WASHINGTON KNEW IT
     It was revealed that the United States and France had earlier known that Armenian President Serzh Sargsian would freeze the approval of protocols which envisage normalization of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Armenia.
 

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