TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 24, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 24

TURKIYE
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MILITARY SALUTATION FROM TALABANI TO COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
The 11-member Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit began in Istanbul. Iraqi leader Jalal Talabani greeted President Abdullah Gul, who was elected the rotating president of the organization, as he arrived to the venue of the summit.

THEY STEAL, WE PAY
Imprisonment terms could not stop use of illegal electricity consumption. Tens of thousands of people are using illegal electricity in Turkey. The law that foresees up to five years of imprisonment on charges of stealing state property could not prevent the illegal use of electricity. 18 percent of electricity is consumed illegally.

ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE PERIOD
Renault has launched a new era in Turkish automotive industry. The first local production electric Fluence was promoted. Mass production will begin in the summer of 2011, and Turkey will export electric Fluence to the entire world.

ZAMAN
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RAILWAY NETWORK TO BE ESTABLISHED FROM ASIA TO EUROPE
Leaders' Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) bringing Central Asian and the Middle East countries under one roof was organized in Istanbul yesterday. Seven heads of state and many foreign ministers attended the summit where the participants agreed to boost economic cooperation and restore prosperity and stability in the region.
President Abdullah Gul made a call to improve Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad railway line and invited the members, who are not still members, to join ECO Trade and Development Bank.
The final statement said a railway will be constructed between Istanbul and Almaty in 2011.

KARTAL GETS ALMEDIA AND SABROSA
Besiktas soccer club of Turkey signed contracts with two world stars, Sabrosa from Atletico Madrid and Almedia from Werder Bremen.
Super talents will be in the team of Bernd Schuster, the coach of Besiktas.

YENI SAFAK
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EXTENSIVE CLEMENCY TO EXPELLED UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
The Board of Higher Education rolled up sleeves to grant a general clemency awaited by 800,000 students. All students expelled from universities after the 1980 military coup will benefit from the clemency.

GUL TERM IN ECO
President Abdullah Gul took over the Presidency of the Economic Cooperation Council from Iranian President Mahmud Ahmedi-Nejad. In his speech Gul said Turkey attached great importance to establishment of peace, stability and welfare in the region.
 

VATAN
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HE PAID DUTY OF LOYALTY
When Spanish Kingdom sent all the Jews in the country to exile, the Ottoman Empire received thousands of Jews with open arms and granted them right to asylum.
Anchestors of Steve Cohen, a member of U.S. House of Representatives, were the victims of this big migration. Cohen has never forgotten this tolerance of the Ottoman.
He was the defender of Turkey during his 24 years in office. He took action when "Armenian genocide" resolution was brought onto the agenda and prepared a text explaining the drawbacks of the resolution.
Efforts of Armenian lobby were defeated with the campaign carried out by Cohen.

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AMNESTY
Justice & Development (AK) Party pushed the button for an amnesty for those who were dismissed from school after September 12, 1980, whatever the reason was.
The draft at the same time removes dismissal from universities and opens the gates of university to grandfathers.

CUMHURIYET
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TURKEY IS BEING SEPERATED
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said a second language next to the official language would not be right. "The Belgium example is right in front of our eyes. The country is separated because two different languages are used. While reality is right, why are you trying to bring the bad example. You can not unite the country this way. Politicians duty is not to divide," said Kilicadroglu.

SECURITY SUMMIT AT THE PRIME MINISTRY
The recent controversy blazed by the "democratic autonomy" meeting in Diyarbakir was discussed at the meeting. Ministers, Chief of staff and Force Commanders and Head of the National Intelligence Organization attended the meeting. Chief of Staff is feeling uneasy over the controversy, it was reported.


RADIKAL
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LINE SUMMIT IN ANKARA
The state is trying to draw its line against autonomy discussions. A security summit took place in Ankara before the National Security Council (MGK) meeting due at the end of December and President Abdullah Gul's visit to the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
Not only ministers responsible for security issues but also Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner and National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan attended the summit. The participants debated the line to be drawn between what Turkey could gain from broadening democracy, and erasing PKK from being an armed threat.

ACCORDING TO CELIK, TWO LANGUAGES IS ASSASSINATION
Omer Celik of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party sees discussions as an assassination attempt against democratization.
 

HURRIYET
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OUR GOAL IS NATIONAL NUCLEAR ENERGY
Energy and National Resources Minister Taner Yildiz who is on a trip to Japan said Turkey's main goal was building a national nuclear power plant.
"Turkey's main goal is a national nuclear power plant. We will prove that this is achievable. This is a future goal. Our industry will enter a whole new league," said Yildiz.
"Nuclear Power Plants should not be seen as a mere electric generation facility. Akkkuyu and Sinop Power Plants will bring $40 billion extra money. Nuclear investments will be the propelling force of our industry," said Yildiz.

HABERAL ARTICLE WITHDRAWN
The "Haberal Article" drafted by three Justice and Development Party Deputies, when Prof. Mehmet Haberal won compensation from 9 judges, was with drawn.
Republican People's Party and Nationalist Movement Party made a strong opposition to the bill often referred to as the "Haberal article" amending the Civil Procedure Code, during its debate in the Plan-Budget Subcommittee.
The opposition warned that the achieved consensus on the draft Code of Commerce and the Debt arrangement and Civil Procedure Code would be ruined and AK Party withdrew the draft.

MILLIYET
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TWO FLAG SUMMIT
Draft on autonomous Kurdistan that was issued after Democratic Society Congress put its seal on Ankara's agenda. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a 3.5 hour meeting with Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner, related ministers and National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Undersecretary on Thursday.
"Bilingualism and two flag" demands coming from the southeast and ceasefire process of PKK were assessed at the meeting.

DOCTOR OF OZAL: IT SEEMED HEART ATTACK
Hilmi Ozkutlu, Kubilay Varli and Celal Celiktasar, the doctors who made the first intervention to former President Turgut Ozal in Hacettepe Hospital, were listened as "witnesses".
Varli said, "the case seemed as heart attack. In his blood tests, there was no other symptoms but those that were reflecting heart problems."

SABAH
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GUL: PATH OF ILLUMINATION IS ASIA
President Abdullah Gul, speaking in the opening session of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit, criticized the low trade volume among ECO members which was only 7 percent. Gul said Turkey attached great importance to the region. "I think that the path of an efficient and fair world passes through regional dialogue and cooperation," Gul said.

MY COUNTRY IS EXCEPTIONAL
When heavy winter paralyzes daily life in Europe, west of Turkey is experiencing winter and south of Turkey is experiencing summer. Temperature rose to 21 degrees Celsius in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, and tourists swam. Meteorologists forecast temperatures to be up 6-8 degrees Celsius next week.
 

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