TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 4

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 4, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 4

TURKIYE
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SARKOZY TO INFORM ERDOGAN ON ELIMINATION REPORT
Europe has waged a war against the PKK terrorist organization. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will host Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Paris on April 6. During the meeting, he will inform Erdogan on France's plans to eliminate the PKK. The two leaders will also discuss joint fight against terrorism.

"TAKE OFF YOUR GOWN AND ENGAGE IN POLITICS"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized members of the supreme courts which called on people to reject the constitutional amendment package. He said at the general assembly of the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD), "you should take off your gown and engage in politics."

ZAMAN
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CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM NOT TO CAUSE CRISIS, BUT CAN STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY
Majority of the business world welcomed the government's constitutional amendment package. Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) and Association of Anatolian Businessmen (ASKON), which were visited by Justice and Development (AK) Party's legist members, all agreed that Turkey needed a new constitution.
TUSKON's head Rizanur Meral said that the constitutional amendment would not cause a crisis in Turkey, but on the contrary, it would improve the standard of democracy and effect employment positively.

WE WILL SUPPORT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE AT REFERENDUM
Chairperson of Felicity Party (SP) Numan Kurtulus said that his party supported constitutional amendment activities. Kurtulus said SP was pleased as some of its proposals to the government were also included in the package. Speaking to Zaman daily, Kurtulus said the government's 29-article bill had right and positive elements, as well as some lacking points.

YENI SAFAK
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YOU REVEALED YOURSELVES
Addressing members of high jurisdiction who said "constitutional amendments should not be supported", Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "You have already revealed yourselves. If you like it that much, you can take off your gowns and come to the political arena".
Delivering a speech at the general assembly of Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD), Erdogan said jurisdiction was not politicized, however it tried to deal with politics.

I EXPECT AT LEAST 60 PCT
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the constitutional amendment package would be approved by at least 60 percent of votes during a referendum.
Sending messages to Republican People's Party (CHP), Arinc also said, "it is insane to prevent the referendum process or to think that the issue could be solved thanks to the 11 members of the Constitutional Court if the nation says 'yes' to the process".

HURRIYET
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AT LEAST 60 PCT AT REFERENDUM
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc made striking statements. Arinc said his estimation regarding the referendum that might be held on the constitutional amendments was "at least 60 percent".

TAKE OFF YOUR GOWNS, THEN DEAL WITH POLITICS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the jurisdiction was not politicized, but it attempted to deal with politics.
"If you like this job that much, go to the political arena. You have already revealed yourselves. There is no place to hide anymore," Erdogan said.

MILLIYET
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LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST HABUR TEAM
A lawsuit was filed against 17 out of 34 members of the PKK terrorist organization who entered Turkey from Habur border crossing at a ceremony under the democratic move. Prosecutors demanded 7.5 years in prison for each of them after they propagandized for the PKK and talked about Abdullah Ocalan as their "political will".

YELLOW ANGELS TO VIA FOR MEDAL
Turkey's Fenerbahce Acibadem volleyball team beat Cannes team of France 3-2 in the Women's CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four game. They will play against Bargamo of Italy in the final today.

SABAH
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YELLOW ANGELS AT FINALS
Turkish women's volleyball team "Fenerbahce Acibadem" defeated the team of the host city "Cannes" at Women's CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four games played in Cannes, France yesterday. Beating its rival team at the end of 5 sets, Fenerbahce got its name written in the finals.

YOU REVEALED YOURSELVES
Speaking at the general assembly of Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the legists who said "constitutional amendments should not be supported".
"If you like this job, take off your gown and then deal with politics. You have revealed yourselves now and you have no place to hide," Erdogan said.
 

VATAN
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AMBASSADOR RETURNS TO TURKEY AFTER CRISIS IN ISRAEL
President Abdullah Gul signed the decree about appointments of ambassadors. Under the decree, Turkey's Ambassodor Oguz Celikkol to Israel will return to Ankara. Earlier this year, ties strained between Turkey and Israel after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's ill-treatment of Turkish Ambassador in Tel Aviv. Ayalon had Celikkol sit at a lower armchair in front of a table with only the Israeli flag on it, denying him an handshake in front of the press.

PAKISTANI NEWSPAPER EULOGIZES TURKEY
Pakistan's leading newspaper expressed its desire in an editorial yesterday, "although tensions still exist between the military, which considers itself to be the guardian of the secular character of the state, and the Justice and Development Party-led political dispensation that came to power through a democratic process, it has not disrupted the smooth functioning of the democratic system. It is a measure of the maturity of Turkey's democratic political system that institutions of the state have been able to overcome their differences without resorting to extra-constitutional means. We hope for a similar future in Pakistan."

CUMHURIYET
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WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SOCIETY'S FUTURE
Hasan Gerceker, head of the Supreme Court of Appeals, said that (constitutional) amendments would put the jurisdiction into a symbolic position.
Commenting on the allegations that legists were dealing with politics, Gerceker said law and politics could not be separated from each other. Warning that efficiency and presence of high jurisdiction would become "symbolic" with the constitutional amendments, Gerceker said, "People should open their eyes now. Our concerns are about the society's future".

FENER'S ANGELS AT FINALS
Turkish volleyball team Fenerbahce Acibadem defeated Cannes 3-2 at the Women's CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four and qualified to play at the finals. The yellow-blue team has been the first Turkish team that achieved such a success. Yellow angels will play against Italian Bergamo today.

RADIKAL
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ARINC: "WE WILL REACH 60 PERCENT IN REFERENDUM"
State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the constitutional amendment package would be adopted after receiving votes of 60 percent of people in a referendum.

YELLOW ANGELS TO PLAY FINAL AGAINST ITALY
Turkey's Fenerbahce Acibadem volleyball team defeated Cannes team of France 3-2 in the Women's CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four and qualified to the final. They will play against Bargamo of Italy today. A Turkish team achieved such a victory for the first time the sports history of Turkey.

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