TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 1

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 1, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 1

TURKIYE
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WE WILL RUIN THE DIRTY GAME
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed to the timing of provocations and called for unity. Erdogan gave important messages at southern Hatay province, which has been the venue of a series of incidents following the killing of 4 policemen. "The terrorist organization wants chaos and desires to push citizens to streets before the referendum. Do not fall into this trap," Erdogan said.

TWO IMPORTANT SUMMITS BEFORE CRITICAL YAS MEETING
Prior to the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting during which Turkish army's new command chain will be determined, President Abdullah Gul held separate talks with Prime Minister Erdogan and General Staff Chief Ilker Basbug. Gul held a meeting lasting more than 3 hours with Erdogan in Istanbul, while he received Basbug in capital Ankara.

ZAMAN
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"YES" CALL FROM FETHULLAH GULEN TO REFERENDUM
Fethullah Gulen said historical referendum that would take place on September 12 was an important step in the name of democracy. He said political accounts should be left aside and "yes" should be said to the package.
Gulen responded to the questions in Herkul.org web-page and suggested people to approach the matter considering what the referendum would bring to the nation.
"There are very important items in the package for the future of our nation. To this end, the amendment package should be supported and 'yes' votes should be given with such an intention," Gulen said.

PRIME MINISTER MAKES CALL FROM HATAY FOR COMMON SENSE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed citizens in Hatay which came to the agenda with "provocation actions" within the scope of referendum demonstrations.
Erdogan started his address expressing his condolences for four policemen who died in Dortyol and pointed to the timing of the attacks.
Erdogan underlined that a dirty trick was underway prior to the referendum and made a call for common sense.
"As Turkey is on the eve of a very important decision for its future, democracy and freedom, some try to provoke the streets. This is a dirty trick and a sneaky trap. Don't be deceived by this trick," Erdogan said.

YENI SAFAK
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THERE WILL BE SHAME LEFT WHEN ANGER DISAPPEARS
Noting that the recent incidents in Dortyol town of southern Hatay province aimed at dragging Turkey into a trap of chaos, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on citizens not to be fooled.
"We are one, we are together and we are brothers. Anger comes and makes our eyes blind. But when anger disappears, one feels ashamed," Erdogan said.

SENSITIVE MATTERS DISCUSSED AT CANKAYA
Capital Ankara had busy hours prior to the Supreme Military Council's (YAS) gathering during which the status of the 11 Balyoz suspect commanders will be discussed. President Abdullah Gul received General Staff Chief Ilker Basbug at Cankaya Presidential Palace and had a 1.5 hour meeting with him. Moreover, generals gathered to discuss the promotion decisions to be assessed at the YAS meeting.
 

VATAN
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WE WANT FLAG AND AUTONOMY
Osman Baydemir, Mayor of southeastern province of Diyarbakir, came to Tunceli to attend a panel discussion on "Democratic Autonomy".
Baydemir said, "How can a democratic prosperous Turkey be? There will be autonomous East Black Sea, Autonomous Central Black Sea and at the same time there will be 'Democratic Turkey Autonomous Kurdistan'. Turkish Parliament will continue to exist. Definitely, there is not any opposition to this. But also there will be a Kurdistan Regional Parliament."
"National Anthem will continue to be read out. Turkish flag will continue to wave in Turkey. We have no opposition against this. However, besides the Turkish flag, local colors of Kurdish people (green-red-yellow) will wave in the air," Baydemir said.

EUROPEAN UNION OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Turkey will sign the agreement with Syria, Jordan and Lebanon which will ensure free movement of goods.
State Minister Zafer Caglayan said, "size of economies of four countries exceeds one trillion USD. We will sign the historical agrement after Feast of Ramadan."

THREE REPORTS, TWO OPINIONS
The critical Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting starts today. For the 11 commanders wanted as part of the Balyoz case, defense ministry prepared a report saying "they can be promoted", while the prime ministry and justice ministry said "they cannot".

CUMHURIYET
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TURKEY LOCKS ON CRITICAL YAS MEETING
Accused officers had critical meetings prior to Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. Following the long meeting between President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gul received Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug.
Eyes turned to situation of defendants of Balyoz and Erzurum following the views of National Defense Ministry jurists' that "arrest decision will not effect promotions".
Full General Isik Kosaner will expected to become Chief of General Staff and Full General Hasan Igsiz is expected to become Land Forces Commander.
Name of Full General Aslan Guner comes forefront for Gendarme General Commander.
Full General Necdet Ozel, expected to become Chief of General Staff in 2013, will become Commander of First Army.

ERDOGAN ACCUSES: THEY ACT SIMULTANEOUSLY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who addressed people in Hatay province which became tense following killing of four police officers, said, "don't put yourself in the place of police, prosecutor and judge."
Erdogan directed serious accusations to the opposition and said opposition parties took offensive from Ankara simultaneously with the attacks of the terrorist organization.

RADIKAL
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IF YOU WITHDRAW, TERROR WILL END
The controversy on "withdrawal" continues. Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu delivered speeches at Elbistan and Kilis as part of the "No to Constitution" campaign. Replying to Erdogan's recent remarks saying "he might withdraw as the ruling party, if terrorism would end with such withdrawal", Kilicdaroglu said, "What he should do now is quite simple. He can write a short petition and walk away. We will all see what happens then".

DO NOT PUT YOURSELVES IN PLACE OF POLICE OR PROSECUTOR
Prime Minister Erdogan gave messages of common sense at southern Hatay province, which has been under the shadow of an ethnical tension throughout the week. Addressing the citizens, Erdogan said, "Do not put yourselves in the place of a policeman, prosecutor or judge. Do not be the figure player of a dirty game". Erdogan also blamed the opposition for "acting together with terrorist organization PKK".
 

HURRIYET
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LAST MINUTE SUMMIT
Turkish President Abdullah Gul received General Staf Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug at Cankaya Presidential Palace and had a 1.5 hour meeting with him prior to the critical Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting to start today.
Actions to be taken regarding the 11 generals and admirals, for whom arrest warrants have been issued under the Balyoz case and whose situation will be discussed by YAS, were on the agenda of the Gul-Basbug meeting.

GOLDEN GIRL NEVIN
Turkish athlete Nevin Yanit got the gold medal at 100 meters hurdles category at the 20th European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Nevin, who has dragged down her Turkey record to 12.71 at the semi-finals, broke a new record with 12.63 at the finals and became the champion of Europe.

MILLIYET
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CRITICAL MEETING BEFORE 22 HOURS
As difference of view continued between the government and the military prior to Supreme Military Council meeting, President Abdullah Gul intervened and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for 3 hours and Chief of General Staff General Ilker Basbug for 1.5 hours.
Both of the meetings took place upon an invitation by Gul and both of the meetings lasted long.
According to the backstage, Gul suggested, "don't be insistent on some points. Take into consideration the customs and sensitivity of public."

NEVIN WRITES HISTORY
After Elvan Abeylegesse, Turkey's Nevin Yanit won gold medal in 20th European Athletics Championships at Barcelona's Olympic stadium.
Yanit became the European champion in women's 100 meters hurdle race with 12.63 seconds.
Nevin became the first Turkish athlete winning medal in this category.

SABAH
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DEMOCRATS SHOULD SAY YES
Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Esref Erdem said, as a CHP member of 35 years, he explicitly says "Yes" to the amendment of the coup constitution.
Commenting on the referendum to be held on September 12, 2010, Erdem, who is CHP's MP from Ankara and a former deputy chairman of the party, said, "The constitutional package is not satisfactory with its current form, but I say 'Yes' in order to erase the tracks of September 12 (1980)".

THERE IS A SIMULTANEOUS ATTACK
Speaking at the "Yes" rally in southern Hatay province, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the opposition. "The terrorist organization hits from Semdinli, Samsun, Dortyol. The opposition wages a simultaneous attack from capital Ankara," he said.
Noting that the terrorist organization desired to create chaos, Erdogan called on the citizens not to fall into that trap.
 

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