TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 3

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 3, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 3




HURRIYET

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"I WILL GO TO THE USA"

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he would go to the United States. Earlier, Prime Minister Erdogan suspended his visit to the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the resolution on Armenian allegations.

"I QUIT SINCE I HAVE CANCER"

Kursad Tuzmen, former State Minister, said that he quitted his position as the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party after being diagnosed as skin cancer.


MILLIYET

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CONSTITUTIONAL MARATHON

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party warned all its deputies not to depart from Ankara since the Parliamentary Committee on Constitution will begin debating the constitutional amendment package on Wednesday.

SENTURK BREAKS RECORD

Blind pop-singer has broken the world speed record for driving by a visually-impaired person. Metin Senturk reached a new record of 303 kilometers per hour against the wind, in his Ferrari F4-30. According to Guinness World Records, Senturk will replace Newman of Britain who reached 284 kilometers per hour.

SABAH

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BROADCAST BAN TO DEFRAUDERS

A draft law by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) prevents those who were found guilty of infamous crimes from presenting news bulletins or programs on current issues. The draft law regulating radio and TV broadcasts will affect the sector significantly. The bans brought by the law's "personnel of news departments" section may prevent some popular TV personalities from presenting programs.

YES, ERDOGAN GOES TO USA

The Washington trip announced by Sabah daily two days ago was also confirmed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Upon a question on whether the crisis between Turkey and USA was over, Erdogan said, "I hope positive developments will continue in April".

VATAN

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MURDERER IN INTERROGATION

Cameras recorded interesting images while Ogun Samast was being interrogated by the police two days after he killed Hrant Dink. Samast, who killed Dink on January 19, 2007, was captured at Samsun bus terminal after 36 hours. The murderer's posing to cameras in front of a Turkish flag together with soldiers and gendarme forces had drawn reactions at the time. It has been revealed that similar things happened at Istanbul Police Department as well. According to the video footage broadcast by TRT News the other night, Samas was treated like a guest rather than a murderer.

ERDOGAN DECIDES TO TRAVEL TO USA

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made public his final decision regarding his trip to USA which was cancelled following the adoption of an Armenian resolution by a U.S. congressional committee.

"I will go to USA. The visit will be about prevention of dissemination of nuclear weapons. We will also send our ambassador to USA next week. I will hold talks with Obama," Erdogan said.

CUMHURIYET

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THEY TRAVEL TO A WEDDING WITH "ATA" PLANE

Prime Minister Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan's travelling to the Qatari Amir's wedding by the Prime Ministry's "Ata" plane together with State Minister Aliye Kavaf and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's spouse Sare Davutoglu has given rise to reactions. Mustafa Ozyurek, the spokesperson for Republican People's Party (CHP), said, "Travelling to the weddings of Arab sheikhs with a plane purchased with the money coming from Turkey's Treasury is 'extravagance with state money'".

PACKAGE IS PROBLEMATIC IN ALL SENSES

Professor Erdogan Tezic said the constitutional amendment package consisted of severe mistakes both in terms of form and procedure. Noting that the word "proposal" was used for the constitutional amendment both in the constitution and in internal regulations, Tezic said the package turned into "Justice and Development (AK) Party's bill" rather than a proposal.

Tezic said the process was directed by the government, moreover the president interfered in the process by using a non-existing authority.

RADIKAL

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A STRONG DILEMMA

According to the constitutional amendment package, the government is against protests by workers. But when we look at streets in the capital city, we see that the government is against any protests. Yesterday, police tried to prevent Turkish Tobacco and Liquor Administration (TEKEL) workers by using tear-gas and clubs again.

ERDOGAN TO GO TO USA

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey's ambassador to Washington, who was recalled a month ago after the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the resolution on Armenian allegations, would return to his post. Erdogan added that he would also go to the United States to attend a nuclear security summit. "There are lots of things to talk to U.S. President Barack Obama," he said.

TURKIYE

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TURKISH STOCK MARKET REACHES RECORD HIGH LEVEL IN 2010

The Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) hit the highest level this year. The National-100 index, benchmark index of ISE, climbed 351.65 points and closed at 58,059.86 at the end of second trading session on Friday. The highest level in the history of the ISE was 58,864 points.

"I AM GOING TO THE USA"

Prime Minister Recep Rayyip Erdogan decided to go the United States. Earlier, he was claimed to have cancelled his visit after U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the resolution on Armenian allegations.

ZAMAN

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RELEASES SHOW HSYK'S INTERVENTION IN JURISDICTION

Yesterday, Turkey witnessed a "collective release" decision that is hardly seen in the history of law. Oktay Kuban, the judge of 12th High Criminal Court of Istanbul, has decided that 19 suspects, including former 1st Army Commander Gen. Cetin Dogan who is being tried on the charge of 'coup attempt', shall be released pending trial.

Legists said that the release decision given by Kuban, who is one of the judges appointed with the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors' (HSYK) controversial "summer decree", constituted an intervention in jurisdiction.

FIRST FRANCE, THEN USA

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to France on April 6 to hold a series of talks mainly on Turkey's EU process. Erdogan will then travel to USA on April 12 in order to participate in a "Nuclear Summit" to be attended by the leaders of 40 countries.

YENI SAFAK

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I AM INVESTIGATING BASED ON YOUR COMMAND

The recordings of a scandal conversation between Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin and Ergenekon detainee Tuncay Ozkan have been revealed. Engin confirmed the conversation.

According to the recordings taken from Ergenekon suspect Adnan Bulut's archive, Engin tells Ozkan that "he has been conducting an investigation based on Ozkan's directions". Engin also asks Ozkan to prepare some questions for interrogation and to send them to him.

APRIL 24 MESSAGE TO OBAMA

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put an end to discussions on whether or not he would travel to USA. "Ambassador Tan will go to USA next week. I will go after him", he said.

"Foreign ministers of both countries have made a remarkable progress. I hope this development continues in April as well," Erdogan also said.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Nisan 2010, 10:26

Muhammed Öylek

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