TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 11

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 11, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 11

TURKIYE
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TURKEY BECOMES SECOND FASTING GROWING COUNTRY IN EUROPE
Turkey grew 5.5 percent in the Q3 of 2010, thus becoming the second fasting growing country in Europe following Sweden. Sweden grew 6.9 percent in the same period.

THEY HAVE EVEN IMPORTED SLANDER
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Republican People's Party (CHP) of being the trumpeter of the web-site Wikileaks. On CHP leader's criticisms based on Wikileaks, Erdogan said, "you did not get your election paper from the local authority before the September 12th referendum, and you did not cast your vote. Now, you ask us to document a bank account we don't have. They cannot even make their own slander, they are using slanders of foreign diplomats."

ZAMAN
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OFFICIAL DOCUMENT OF AMMUNITION DUMP IN POYRAZKOY TURNS OUT TO BE IN FLEET COMMAND
Among the secret documents hid under the floor at the Golcuk Fleet Command were the military intervention plans and the official correspondence proving the ammunition that belonged to the Ergenekon organization. Also, prosecutors with special authority seized preliminary studies on a dirty plan signed by colonel Dursun Cicek.

SNOW COMES WITH STORM
Seventy people lost their lives in Poland due to the cold weather affecting Europe, while snow began in Turkey's northwestern region on Friday. Temperatures, which were above seasonal average, dropped by 10-15 degrees in Thrace, Marmara and Central Anatolian regions. Snowfall began in Bolu, Bursa, Edirne, Kirklareli, Tekirdag and Kocaeli. The storm and heavy rain that began in Istanbul on Thursday night turned into snowfall in higher parts of the metropolis. Meteorology officials warned against storm and twister in the Mediterranean provinces of Antalya and Mersin.

YENI SAFAK
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DOCUMENT REVEALS RANKING OFFICER ORDERED FOR ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA
A document allegedly obtained at a navy base in Golcuk revealed that it was a navy general who gave the order to Colonel Dursun Cicek to hatch a plot to besmirch the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Fethullah Gulen congregation. Cicek was probed for allegedly drafting the anti-government propaganda document and forensic experts have proved that the signature on the document was of Cicek's own handwriting.

TURKEY SECOND AFTER SWEDEN TO GROW FASTEST IN EUROPE
Turkey's economy grew 5.5 percent in the third quarter this year, becoming the second country to grow fastest in Europe after Sweden which grew 6.9 percent. Turkey's economy grew 8.9 percent in the first nine months of 2010.

VATAN
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SURPRISING PROPOSAL
The Republican People's Party (CHP) presented the parliament a bill demanding that the prestige of all officers and non-commissioned officers who were expelled from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) during the March 12 (1971) and September 12 (1980) military interventions and the February 28 (1997) process should be given back to those military staff. The constitutional amendment, adopted with the September 12th (2010) referendum paved the way for overview of the decisions of the Supreme Military Board (YSK) to expel military personnel. Basing on this amendment, the main opposition CHP laid down a surprising proposal and asked the state to give back the prestige of expelled TSK personnel and pay back their salaries and bonuses.

TURKISH CONTRACTORS TO ESTABLISH CITY IN IRAQ
Five Turkish companies have won a tender to construct "Baghdad New Sadr City" to be comprised of 75,000 dwellings. 22,000 people will work in the project worth 11.2 billion USD. Sukru Kocoglu, the head of the Kocoglu Construction, said, "we surpassed China, the United States and Iran and won the tender. We will build a new city in 48 months as big as Turkey's northern province of Trabzon."

CUMHURIYET
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PRECIPITATION TAKES LIVES
Snowfall is influential in Thrace, whereas the visibility range dropped to 50 meters at Seymenler and Karanlikdere hamlets of the Bolu Mountain. A person died as a car overturned into a brook in Guduslu village of Kocarli town of the Aegean province of Aydin. Traffic was paralyzed in Istanbul due to sleet. Planes could not land at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.

CYDD INCLUDED IN ERGENEKON
A lawsuit was filed against eight people, including Professor Ayse Yuksel, the deputy chairperson of the Association of Supporting Contemporary Life (CYDD), and Gulseven Yaser, the former chairperson of the Contemporary Education Foundation (CEV), on charges of being a member of the Ergenekon organization. An arrest warrant was issued for Yaser for she had not testified.

RADIKAL
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COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF EXEMPTION FROM OBLIGATORY RELIGION CLASS
A court in the eastern province of Sivas has ruled in favor of the parents of a secondary school student who asked for exemption for their child from an obligatory religion class. The court granted the exemption based on the family's declared non-Muslim religious affiliation. "My friends and my teachers are aware of my situation. I do not receive any negative reaction," says Serhat Pakkan, who skips religion classes which were made obligatory after a military takeover in 1980.

HURRIYET
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ECONOMY GROWS 5.5 PERCENT IN Q3
Turkey's economy has grown 5.5 percent in the third quarter of 2010, the country's statistics authority said. The figure, however, came lower than the previous quarter which saw a growth rate in two-digit numbers. The rate for the first nine months of 2010 was 8.9 percent, which made Turkey one of the fastest growing countries in Europe and in OECD.

SOLUTION CLOSER MORE THAN EVER IN KURDISH ISSUE, PARTY LEADER SAYS
Leader of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Selahattin Demirtas, said Turkey was closer to a solution more than ever in the Kurdish issue. "We are now standing at a point where no one stood before in the history of the Republic," Demirtas told daily Hurriyet.

MILLIYET
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SEPTEMBER 12 PAYOFF
On May 13, 1988, then President Kenan Evren and then True Path Party (DYP) leader Suleyman Demirel met at the Presidential Residence. Such a dialogue took place between Evren and Demirel that made Demirel say, "I have become ten years younger, my wound suppurated." Demirel told Evren, "you witnessed how we tried to prevent bloodshed before September 12 (1980 military intervention), however we were blamed of what had happened. This was because of you. 'martial law was not successful', this was your words." Evren then said he had told those days that the martial law should be ended.

THERE IS NEED FOR THIS HANDSHAKING
Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), went beside the members of the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) during a reception of the Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) in Ankara. Bahceli told Milliyet daily newspaper that he did not plan that behavior beforehand. "We are working side-by-side at the parliament, and this was what I had to do in regard to courtesy rules. Turkey needs such handshaking these days," Bahceli said.
When the parliament re-opened after the 2007 elections, Bahceli shook hands with Ahmet Turk, then chairman of the outlawed Democratic Society Party (DTP). However, he stayed away from the members of both the DTP and BDP due to his party's policy. Even, Bahceli defined that party as "the unarmed wing of the PKK" and "the extension of the PKK at the parliament."

SABAH
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DOCUMENT REVEALS PLAN FOR INTERNMENT OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AS PART OF COUP ATTEMPT
An alleged document has revealed that "the Sledgehammer" coup attempt also included plans to send to exile as many as 167 army personnel who could oppose a military takeover. The exile list includes names of three senior generals as well. The document also names Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc on a list of persons "on close watch."

GANG FORGING FAKE FIREARM LICENSE BUSTED
Police arrested 70 people in an operation against an alleged gang which provided fake firearm licenses for people who are otherwise could not obtain such document. Police interrogated Faruk Suren -- former president of Turkey's Galatasaray soccer team, Tahir Kiran, a senior executive in Fenerbahce soccer team as well as folk music singers Izzet Yildizhan and Volkan Konak.

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