TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 17

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 17, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 17

TURKIYE
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WE ARE ONE, TOGETHER AND BROTHERS
Speaking at the Kerbela Commemoration Ceremony, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "This country and territory belong to all of us". The state participated in an ashura ceremony at prime ministry level for the first time.
"We don't want new Kerbelas," said Erdogan during his speech at the ceremony, and talked about Turkey's national unity and brotherhood project. "No one has superiority over another individual," the prime minister also said.

FIRST STOP TURKEY!
Turkey, which has been taking an active role in foreign policy, has hosted the first out-of-country visits of many foreign leaders. Here are some leaders who have set foot in Turkey right after the elections in their countries: U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German President Christian Wulff and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

ZAMAN
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BALYOZ CASE STARTS, NGOS GET INVOLVED
Turkey locked on Silivri on Thursday for the coup case, which has 195 accused. 187 suspects, including former force commanders Halil Ibrahim Firtina, Ozden Ornek and former first Army Commander Cetin Dogan for the first time brought before court on charges of attempting coup.
Up to 20 years of imprisonment sentence is asked against the accused.
Trial of the accused started 11 months after "Balyoz" coup plan revealed.
Some journalists and authors, mainly Association of Jurists and Ozgur-Der, presented petitions to the court including their demands for involvement.

TWO BILLION PEOPLE TO CONNECT TO INTERNET VIA ISTANBUL
Superonline establishes 7.750 km square internet infrastructure which will connect the Middle East to the world via Istanbul. The project which will enable uninterrupted internet will give service to 2 billion people.

YENI SAFAK
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AFGHANISTAN GRATEFUL TO TURKEY
Sibghatullah Sanjar, policy chief at the Afghan presidential office, said that Afghan people were afraid of American soldiers but they regarded Turkish soldiers as one of them. Sanjar said that they were grateful to Turkey for what it did for Afghanistan, stating that they were pleased with Turkish people's assistance to Afghanistan. He said they wanted new schools to be opened in his country.

ISTANBUL TO BECOME INTERNET BASE
Turkcell and seven telecommunication operators signed an agreement on Regional Cable Network (RCN) project in a ceremony in Ankara. The project worth 500 million U.S. dollars will make Istanbul an internet base and serve for 2 billion people. The project will cover the area from United Arab Emirates to European countries.
 

VATAN
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60 GENERALS IN SILIVRI
196 military personnel, 60 of them are generals, who were alleged to have prepared coup plan "Balyoz" (sledgehammer) in 2003 under the leadership of Cetin Dogan, the Commander of the 1st army in 2003, were brought before court after 146 days.
188 of the suspects appeared before court in the first hearing. 28 of the suspects are still working in Turkish Armed Forces with general-admiral ranks.
Many of the accused rejected judges saying, "their signatures are in the arrest warrants. They can not be impartial."

TWO LANGUAGE CRISIS
Upon the statements of Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) statements, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin called on the prosecutors to take action.
Reaction grows against BDP which wanted names of businessplaces and signboards to be in two languages.
Sahin said those were the statements of BDP towards election, adding prosecutors of the republic should take action.

CUMHURIYET
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CHP INSISTENT ON KAYSERI
Commenting on the corruption allegations brought forward by his party, Republican People's Party (CHP)chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "We have pulled the trigger, now things will follow". Kilicdaroglu said that the government had not replied to his questions regarding the corruption allegations and insulted him only.
"The file was closed down in an organized way. If this case is not investigated, the government will be crushed under it," the chairman said.

FIRST MISTAKE IN BALYOZ
The case, during which a total of 196 active and retired military officers will be tried on the claims that "they have attempted to overthrow the government", has started in Silivri yesterday. 190 suspects, including former force commanders Ozden Ornek and Ibrahim Firtina and former First Army Commander Cetin Dogan, were present at the first trial. Due to a mistake with the identity information of one of the suspects, the total number of suspects dropped to 195 at yesterday's hearing.

RADIKAL
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SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS: "NOT FIGHT BUT TALK"
A court earlier sentenced a suspect to life imprisonment on charges of spoiling unity of state and country. The suspect was captured when he was about to join PKK. Supreme Court of Appeals annulled the decision and acquitted the suspect.

SAHIN WARNS BDP
After Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) officials said a bi-lingual period would begin in the region, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said that Turkish was the official language according to the constitution and public prosecutors should fulfill their tasks on the matter.

 

HURRIYET
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ERDOGAN: "WE ARE ALL FIRST-CLASS CITIZENS"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended for the first time a ceremony in Istanbul's Halkali district to mourn the Karbala tragedy which took place 1,370 years ago. Delivering a speech in the ceremony, Erdogan said, "this is our mourning." Erdogan said, "all we are first-class citizens of this country." Premier Erdogan said, "we have been feeling the pain of Karbala for 1,370 years. We have to feel that pain in our hearts. We remember Hussain whenever an innocent person is killed."

KYPRIANOU: "WE SHOULD HAVE DIRECT TALKS WITH TURKEY"
Greek Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Markos Kyprianou said that Ankara was acting like "ghost negotiator" in talks in Cyprus and they wanted to have direct talks with Turkey. Kyprianou said that Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias made an offer for a face-to-face meeting with Turkey through EU countries which were friends of the both parties.

MILLIYET
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IMPORTANT WARNINGS FROM SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS ABOUT LEGAL TAPPINGS
As office of the Chief Prosecutor in Ankara decided for non prosecution after examining criminal complaint regarding telephone tapping throughout Turkey, Criminal Court in Sincan district in Ankara annulled the decision. Justice Ministry applied to Supreme Court of Appeals to reverse the judgement. Supreme Court of Appeals made important observations while rejecting the opposition.
Supreme Court of Appeals seriously criticized the investigations regarding leakage of the registrations which should be kept as secret.

I WILL RUN MY CANDIDACY IF CILLER DOES NOT
Democrat Party (DP) Deputy Chairman Ahmet Ozal had a private meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday. Ozal said they DP would have a congress on January 15-16 and noted that, "I will not think of being a candidate if Tansu Ciller applies".
Ozal said Erdogan wished him success for candidacy.

SABAH
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MUHARRAM MESSAGES
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave historical messages at the 2010 Universal Ashura Mourning Day. "We do not want to see or experience new Kerbelas and we do not want to be shaken by new deaths in any part of the world," Erdogan said during his speech at the ceremony.
"We cannot communicate with each other through our differences. We cannot talk to each other through ideologies or symbols. We cannot look at each other through different eyes," the prime minister said.

I HAVE AN EXCUSE, I AM AT SILIVRI
A total of 102 active commissioned officers, who are suspects in Balyoz case that started yesterday, have been granted leave of absence by the General Staff for all the trials they will attend. 187 of the total 196 suspects were present at the first trial of Balyoz case yesterday. Among the suspects that attended the first hearing, there were 30 generals and 102 active commissioned officers who were on leave of absence.
 

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