TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 25

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 25, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 25

TURKIYE
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WORSE THAN PARDONING!
The number of cases, which were abated due to statute of repose within one year in Court of Appeals, is 19,000. Files, which piled up in Court of Appeals, blocked the legal system. After Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, Court of Appeals President Hasan Gerceker also underlined the seriousness of the situation. Gerceker said, "problems are growing. Even if we don't receive any files, the remaining ones cannot be solved within the next five years." Due to heavy workload of Court of Appeals, the risk of statute of repose reaches peak. 19,000 cases were abated. This figure is expected to reach 55,000 in 2014.

ISTANBUL BOMBER CAPTURED IN LICE
H.A., who prepared the bomb mechanisms of attack on military personnel service in Halkali and suicide attack on police officers in Taksim, was captured in Lice town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir with 23 kg of hashish. It was learned that the traitor was trained in Qandil mountain and found the money for attacks by selling illicit drugs.

ZAMAN
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VIP SERVICE FOR FRIDAY PRAYER
There were colorful scenes yesterday while Turkey brought Afghanistan and Pakistan together in a tripartite summit for the fifth time. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the chauffeur of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari who went to Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque (Dolmabahce) for the Friday prayer. Erdogan took the wheel, Gul sat near Erdogan, and guest leaders sat in the back seat of official car of Presidency. After the prayer, President Gul took the wheel this time.

KEY NAME OF HALKALI BOMB ATTACK CAPTURED
A terrorist named H.A. --who was claimed to abet the bomb attack on military personnel vehicle in Halkali district of Istanbul as well as suicide attack on police officers of riot squad in Taksim district of Istanbul-- was captured in Lice town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. It was claimed that H.A. --who was captured in Yamacli village of Lice-- was also claimed to prepare bomb mechanisms and coordinate attacks in many acts.

YENI SAFAK
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BOMBER OF PKK CAPTURED
PKK terrorist Huseyin Aslan who provided bombs to terrorist organization and coordinated terrorist attacks in Halkali and Taksim districts in Istanbul was captured in Lice town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. A statement by the governor's office said that Aslan who was planning terrorist attacks in metropolises in the recent period was captured in an operation in Yamacli village of Lice.

RAIL-FERRY SERVICES BETWEEEN SAMSUN AND RUSSIA
Ferry services started between the northern province of Samsun and Russia's port of Kavkaz. The rail-ferry line was launched thanks to an agreement signed between the two countries in May 2010. Ferries will carry vegetable from Turkey to Russia and coal from Russia to Turkey.


VATAN
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OFFICIAL LANGUAGE NOT OPEN TO DISCUSSION
Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that the official language, flag and unitary structure were not open to discussion. Atalay who attended a surprising summit on combatting terrorism that took place in Ankara the previous day was in Istanbul on Friday. In regard to two languages and autonomy, Atalay said, "we regard it as a politic move for propaganda." Atalay said, "Turkey's official language is Turkish. The official language, flag and unitary structure are not the issues open to discussion."

GENERALS TO BE PROMOTED
Military High Administrative Court ruled in favor of the promotion of three four-star generals on Friday. The court annulled the decision on suspending promotions of Gen. Halil Helvacioglu, Gen. Gurbuz Kaya and Rear Adm. Abdullah Gavremoglu, named among alleged "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) suspects. The government must comply with the ruling within 60 days.

CUMHURIYET
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SECOND SIGNATURE IN NUCLEAR
Following the cooperation agreement signed with Russia for the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu hamlet of Turkey's southern province of Mersin, a memorandum of understanding was signed with Japan for the power plant planned to be built in the northern province of Sinop. Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, who held meetings in Japan, demanded to conclude the process within three months, and Japanese party accepted this.

HALKALI BOMBER CAPTURED
PKK terrorist Huseyin A., who ordered and provided explosives for many attacks --including bomb attack on military personnel vehicle in Halkali district of Istanbul as well as suicide attack on police officers of riot squad in Taksim district of Istanbul-- was captured in Lice town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Police also confiscated 23.7 kg of hashish on Huseyin A.

RADIKAL
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BDP THANKS AND ALSO THREATS
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) thanked the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for its support in regard to electoral threshold and Treasury grant. Hasip Kaplan from BDP also said that they would spoil compromise in regard to three laws that would be debated at the Parliamentary General Assembly.

GENERALS MUST BE PROMOTED
Military High Administrative Court ruled in favor of three generals who were among suspects of alleged "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) case. The court annulled the decision on suspending promotion of Gen. Halil Helvacioglu, Gen. Gurbuz Kaya and Rear Adm. Abdullah Gavremoglu.

HURRIYET
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IT IS TOO EARLY FOR TWO LANGUAGES
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani assessed his meetings to Hurriyet daily. Talabani said, "Iraqi model cannot be applied in Turkey. I sent a message to Ocalan (head of PKK terrorist organization) to work for peace." Talabani said that it was too early for the demand of the municipalities (in the southeastern Anatolian region of Turkey) for two languages, adding that they should be reasonable and realistic.

SULTAN PARTNER FOR ULKER
Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is among the richest people of the world, will be 20 percent partner of Marsan --liquid oil company of Turkish trademark Ulker. During a previous visit to Turkey for a summit, Sultan's one of the assistants who works in Finance Ministry, discussed partnership issue with Ulker for Marsan. Further meetings improved the partnership issue. The partnership will cover only liquid oil and butter.

MILLIYET
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QUAKE IN RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE
Ayse Sucu, chairwoman of Women's Religious Affairs Directorate, who was wearing "Benazir Bhutto model" headscarf was dismissed from her office. Some said that Sucu was dismissed because of her stance regarding headscarf and her headscarf style like Bhutto. The chairperson of the Religious Affairs Directorate said regarding Sucu's dismissal that there was a need for a restructuring in the directorate. Collective resignations are expected in the directorate after Sucu's dismissal.

DISCOUNT STARTS BEFORE NEW YEAR
Famous brands started their discount campaigns before the new year. Some brands has started 60 percent discount and some others are offering gift cards and great installments to their customers.

SABAH
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BOMB OF PROVISIONAL ARTICLE 16
According to lawyers, the provisional 16th article of the Constitution, which is still in effect, could cause a trouble for Peace & Democracy Party (BDP). The article says, "those, who do not cast vote in referendum, cannot be a candidate and elector in elections that will be held within the next five years". Lawyers say, "this is an anti-democratic article which was put after 1980 military coup. Casting vote should be a right, not a task. This article should be abolished. Otherwise, BDP applies European Court of Human Rights." BDP boycotted the referendum on Constitutional amendment on September 12.

HERE'S THE MONSTER OF HALKALI
Huseyin Aslan (33), who planned the bloody attack that killed five soldiers and a soldier's daughter in Halkali district of Istanbul five months ago, was captured in Lice town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. It was learned that Aslan had planned eight separate attacks, and sent bombs to terrorists.

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