TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 16, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 16

TURKIYE
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OUR TARGET IS TOP TEN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke at Supreme Board of Science & Technology, said that strong Turkey would rise on basis of information and science. "Our target is to take place among top ten biggest economies of the world by 2023 which is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of our Republic," added Erdogan. Noting that big investments were made to reach that target, Erdogan said, "when we came into rule in 2002, there were only two technoparks in Turkey. Today, this number reached 39. And research & development and technology production began in 26 of them."

UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 11.3 PERCENT
Unemployment rate dropped 2.1 points to 11.3 percent in September, 2010 when compared to September, 2009. 462,000 people found job in this period. The number of unemployed people dropped 462,000 from 3,396,000 to 2,934,000 in September, 2010.

ZAMAN
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TAX OVER FUEL OIL ROSE 50% IN FIVE YEARS
The fuel oil which has climbed high on agenda as the prices were raised to 4 TL, is striking with high taxes on it. The tax over a liter of fuel oil rose from 1.71 TL in 2004 to 2.45 TL at present.

ATALAY MAKES PUBLIC DOCUMENTS HIDDEN BY CHP
Minister of the Interior Besir Atalay answered corruption allegations raised by Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilcadaroglu with additional documents. "CHP is hiding some documents and is misleading the public opinion," said Atalay who handed out these documents to the media. The documents also include the correspondences between the Kayseri Governorship and the Ministry of the Interior, which took action following the allegations of Haci Ali Hamurcu. He said CHP hid the documents on purpose, saying that hiding from the public that the municipality had filed a criminal complaint was dishonesty.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKISH MEDIATOR TO UN
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Levent Bilman, Turkey's ambassador in New Delhi, as the head of the policy and mediation division of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Bilman will begin his new mission in the coming year.

FIRST LOCAL WAR PLANE
National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said Turkey has given instructions to engineers to manufacture the first local war plane. Gonul said Turkey had not found sufficient the bids in the helicopter tender.

462,000 PEOPLE GET NEW JOBS IN A YEAR
The Turkish statistics authority, TurkStat, said that the unemployment rate was down 2.1 points to 11.3 percent year-on-year in September 2010. The number of unemployed was 3,396,000 in September 2009 but it dropped to 2,934,000 in September 2010.
 

VATAN
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AMBASSADOR REVEALED TO BE SECRET SERVICE AGENT
Bulgaria issued the names of the diplomats who worked as secret service agents during communist period. It was revealed that ambassadors, who worked in 13 of 26 European countries, were agents. Krasimir Tulecki, who was appointed to Ankara Embassy on September 27, 2010, is also in the list. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that those people would be discharged. The Bulgarian government began to prepare the required law.

THREATEN FROM ARMENIANS TO KOBE
Armenians in the United States strongly reacted to Kobe Bryant, basketball player in Los Angeles Lakers, who signed an agreement with Turkish Airlines (THY) for an advertisement campaign. Armenian Youth Federation in Los Angeles, where many Armenians are living, wanted Kobe to annul his agreement with THY, and it also wanted him to recognize so-called genocide in twitter, Fox or ESPN's radio/TV channels.

CUMHURIYET
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BALYOZ CULPRITS CONCERNED
The Balyoz trial into coup allegations will begin today. Lawyers of the defendants said the changing of the court president would shake the confidence of the defense in the judiciary. Lawyers said the newly appointed Judge Omer Diken did not know the case well enough which could prolong the trial.
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors took the decision to change the judges unanimously.

CHP PROVINCIAL BRANCHES SAID "BLOCK" LIST
As Republican People's Party (CHP) is getting ready for an extraordinary convention, chairmen of CHP's provincial branches gave "block list" message. Chairmen of Ankara, Antalya, Edirne, Izmir, Diyarbakir and Rize said they would follow the leader of their party should he nominate a block list in the Congress. Chairmen of provincial branches said debates on the eve of elections would harm the party.

RADIKAL
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BAYDEMIR: MY SON DOES NOT SPEAK KURDISH WITH ME ANY MORE
Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir married to lawyer Reyhan Yalcindag in 2005. He has a daughter and a son. Baydemir told Radikal daily newspaper that his son was not speaking Kurdish with him any more. "I am talking to my son in Kurdish, but he is replying in Turkish. I cannot teach him his mother tongue. If we do not teach Kurdish in schools, this language will fade away."

TWO FLASH NAMES FROM KILICDAROGLU
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is experiencing busy days before the extraordinary convention to take place at the weekend. CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu has included Ugur Ziyal, one of the most successful undersecretaries of the Foreign Ministry, and Sezgin Tanrikulu, the former chairman of Diyarbakir Bar, in the party assembly list.
 

HURRIYET
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TURKEY TURNS AWAY FROM TEXAS' DOOR
The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party executives announced that new arms bill which has drawn reactions of the public would not be debated in this legislative year. Hurriyet daily newspaper headlined the bill as, "Texas law on the way".
Last week, the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Arms adopted the bill which made disputable amendments on license and arms acquisition. The bill dropped the age to own guns and rifles to 18, whereas a person could have five weapons if s/he wanted. The bill also said a person could carry two guns at one time.
Suat Kilic and Mustafa Elitas, the deputy chairmen of AK Party group at parliament, told Hurriyet that it was not possible for the parliament to discuss the bill in this legislative year due to its busy agenda. In this case, the bill will be caducous.

SNOWBALL ON POLICE OFFICERS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a meeting at the TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute on the campus of the Middle East Technical University (METU) on Wednesday. Students staged a protest in front of the institute building. A group of students wanted to march to the TUBITAK building as some of their friends were detained. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to intervene in the group. Students responded by throwing snowballs.

MILLIYET
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QUEEN OF THE BRANDS TO COME
Businesswoman Rose Mary Bravo, who carried Burberry on top during her management between 1997 and 2005 and also managed brands like Tiffany and Estee Lauder, will be the adviser of Yildiz Holding that also includes Ulker brand.

NEW NAMES IN KILICDAROGLU'S PARTY ASSEMBLY
New names, who will be included in party assembly of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), are getting clear two days before the congress. Party's Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu will include sight-disabled lawyer Turan Icli, Assyrian Markus Urek, retired diplomats Ugur Ziyal and Faruk Logoglu as well as some technocrats in the party assembly list. Also, there will be 30 women members in the party assembly list.

SABAH
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SAMSUN-CEYHAN PIPELINE IS THE INSURANCE OF STRAITS
Russian Deputy Premier Igor Sechin said Russia was ready to do its part for the Samasun-Ceyhan pipeline. Sechin, who held a joint press conference with Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, said, "Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline will provide great safety for the Black Sea and the straits in terms of environment. Akkuyu will be the World's safest reactor. Russia will provide all the guarantee for the financing of the power plant.

HISTORIC CASE
The lawsuit against 196 suspects including 60 retired and serving generals who are charged to attend the Balyoz coup seminar in 2003 and attempt to overthrow the Justice and Development (AK) Party government, will begin today. The case whose number one suspect is Former First Army Commander Ret. Gen. Cetin Dogan will be heard in Silivri.
 

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