TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 15

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 15, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 15

TURKIYE
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"WE HAVE STEPPED IN FOR WORLD PEACE," ERDOGAN SAYS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote an article for the Prague-based Internet site, Project Syndicate, saying that Turkey is an important country for the world peace with its history, economy and active foreign policy. "We are assuming constructive roles in the Balkans, the Middle East and the Caucasus. And Turkey leads the the Alliance of Civilizations Project which will end religious and cultural conflicts," Erdogan wrote.

WORLD PERFUME GIANTS CHOOSE ISPARTA ROSE
Young rose brought by Muftuzade Gulcu Ismail Efendi from Bulgaria's Kizanlik city to western province of Isparta in a walking stick in 1888 is today being used as raw material in the factories of world perfume giants. With its beautiful scent, medical value and place in consumption, rose is a vital part of the perfume sector. Young roses in Isparta provide raw material to the perfume industry after being converted into rose oil. Perfume giants, such as Gucci, Chanel and Christian Dior, all use young roses from Isparta in their perfumes.

ZAMAN
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JUDGES REMOVED FROM OFFICE DUE TO INVESTIGATION EVIDENCE
Chief judges of Hrant Dink and Balyoz cases have been removed from office due to serious allegations about them. The investigation file that was opened over a year ago, which was not put in process by the former Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), claims that the two judges have participated in plans aiming at sabotaging Ergenekon and Balyoz cases. The file also alleges that the judges have committed crimes related to prostitution and bribery in drug cases.

FIRST STEP FROM TUPRAS: FUEL PRICES TO DROP 2-3 CENTS
The first concrete step has been taken regarding the high refinery and distribution profit margins in fuel prices. Following Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz's remarks stating that "compromise was needed in refinery and distributor profits", fuel manufacturer Tupras took a rapid decision last night and reduced its prices by 2-3 percent. Thanks to the decision, fuel prices will drop 2-3 cents based on the product's type.

YENI SAFAK
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CIVIL SERVANTS' WAGES TO RISE BY 13.7 PERCENT
Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek announced the raise that will be made in wages of civil servants in 2011. Simsek said that an average civil servant wage would be 1,717 TL in January and 1,793 TL in July 2011. Wages will be increased by 13.7 percent in the new year.

FINAL DECISION
The final decision on purchase of Skorsky and Agusta helicopters that will be used in nine units of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will be made on Wednesday during the meeting of defense industry to be chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The project will cost 4 billion U.S. dollars.
 

VATAN
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SURPRISING SUMMIT
Suleyman Demirel's residence on Guniz Street hosted an interesting summit on Tuesday. Democratic Party (DP) deputy Mesut Yilmaz and DP chairman Husamettin Cindoruk had a meeting with Demirel. The meeting lasted for nearly two hours. Replying to questions of reporters after the gathering, Cindoruk gave message that both Yilmaz and him would not be candidate for the post of chairman of the party in the general congress. DP's congress will take place on January 15-16, 2011.

ERDOGAN IN SECOND PLACE IN LIST OF TIME MAGAZINE
Julian Assange, the founder of the website WikiLeaks, was ranked the first in the list of the Person of the Year of U.S. Time magazine. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ranked the second in the list with 1,101,042 votes. U.S. President Barack Obama was in the sixth place in the list.

CUMHURIYET
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CHASING 16 PEOPLE
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu asked the Turkish prime minister to take action regarding the corruption allegations in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri. Claiming that such allegations were swept under the rug, Kilicdaroglu said, "We have been making a research for 6 months. I am waiting for a reply to my questions. If the prime minister does not deal with this issue, he will become a part of the corruption wheel".

SURPRISING ASSIGNMENT IN BALYOZ CASE
The chief judge of Balyoz case, which will try former force commanders, has been changed. There has been a reassignment one day before Balyoz case started. Retired Gen. Cetin Dogan, former Naval Forces Commander Ozden Ornek and former Air Forces Commander Ibrahim Firtina are among the suspects to be tried in the case. 10th High Criminal Court's head Zafer Baskurt, who was expected to lead the case, has been assigned to Gebze.

RADIKAL
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GOVERNMENT RETREATS OVER MUCHLY CRITICIZED WEAPONS LAW
AK Party government has opted to take a step back is passing a new weapons law, which came under fierce criticisms that it would boost individual armament. The government plans to push the legislation -- which publicly came to be known as "the Texas Law" -- until after next year's general elections and change the contents of the legislation. The new law would reduce minimum age for obtaining a weapons license to 18 from 22.

ABBA SHOW ROCKS ISTANBUL
Ulf Anders, Hilmer Anderson and Mats Sture Ronander of the legendary music group Abba took to the stage in Istanbul on Tuesday in "Abba: The Show" along with a London Symphony Orchestra. The audience of thousands at Istanbul Halic Congress center sang along to the group's famous songs like Waterloo, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.
 

HURRIYET
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HIGH JUDICIAL BOARD REASSIGNS TWO JUDGES AHEAD OF CRITICAL TRIAL OVER ALLEGED COUP ATTEMPT
High Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) reassigned on Tuesday two judges at two Istanbul criminal courts just 48 hours before the trial of nearly 200 military officers begin in what is publicly came to be known as "the Sledgehammer," an alleged coup plot against the government. Judges Zafer Baskurt and Erkan Canak were assigned to Gebze and Sakarya, respectively. Both judges are known for their dissenting opinions in the case of Ergenekon, an alleged criminal network.

ECHR RULES AGAINST TURKEY IN PARTY CLOSURE CASE
Europe's top human rights court on Tuesday convicted Turkey for shutting down People's Democracy Party (HADEP) back in 2003, ruling the country violated the freedom of assembly and organization. The court also ordered Turkey to pay 24 thousand euro to party's former secretary-general, Turan Demir.

MILLIYET
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MILLIYET TAPPED
Police Department's former deputy head Emin Arslan, who earlier claimed that justice had been deceived as a result of several tapping activities, delivered a similar statement to the public prosecutor this time. Arslan testified as a witness yesterday as part of the investigation on the murder of journalist Hrant Dink. In his deposition to the prosecutor, Arslan reiterated his previous allegation that "the telephone switchboard of Milliyet daily had been illegally tapped".

JUDGE LEAVES TWO DAYS BEFORE BALYOZ CASE
Balyoz case, during which 196 suspects including names like Ibrahim Firtina and Cetin Dogan will be tried, starts tomorrow. Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) took a surprising decision yesterday and assigned Zafer Baskurt, the legist expected to lead the case, to Gebze as a judge. Baskurt had previously objected to arrests and cast a vote for the release of Mehmet Haberal.

SABAH
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ENERGY SUMMIT WITH RUSSIA
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Ivanovich Sechin will arrive in Istanbul today to discuss energy projects. Russian Energy Minister Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko will accompany Sechin during his visit to Turkey. Nuclear power plant that will be constructed in the southern province of Mersin, Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline and natural gas will top the agenda during meetings between Turkish and Russian officials.

PREMIER ERDOGAN RANKED SECOND IN TIME MAGAZINE
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ranked the second in the Person of the Year List of Time magazine with 148,000 votes. Julian Assange, the founder of the website WikiLeaks, was ranked the first and pop singer Lady Gaga was in the third place in the list.
 

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