TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 4

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 4, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 4

TURKIYE
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REJECTION
The Military Higher Administrative Court has rejected a demand from three high-ranging military personnel to invalidate the decision of the government to lay off them from the job. Gen. Halil Helvacioglu, Gen. Gurbuz Kaya and Admiral Abdullah Gavremoglu will appear in the court on December 16 on charges of attempted coup. The generals are expected to either retire or resign.

NO MORE BORDERS
Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon have signed an economic cooperation agreement as the "Eastern Mediterranean Quartet". President Abdullah Gul said, "borders will become administrative borders one day. People, goods and capital will be able to move freely."

ZAMAN
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GAS PRICES TOO HIGH IN TURKEY
Gas prices in Turkey are higher than the period in which a barrel of oil sold for 150 USD. A litre of gas cost 3.78 TL (approx. 2.57 USD) on the average in Turkey on Friday.

EU ECONOMY CAN DO NOTHING IN LONG RUN WITHOUT TURKEY, FINANCIAL TIMES SAYS
British economy newspaper Financial Times said that the European Union (EU) economy can do nothing in the long run without Turkey. The British daily also wrote that Turkey was a growing market and a strategic partner of the EU.

YENI SAFAK
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LEARN HUMANITY
Turkey has given a lesson of humanity to Israel, a country that killed nine Turks in an aid ship bound for Gaza on May 31, by extending an helping hand to extinguish the fire in Haifa city. Two fire fighting airplanes from Turkey were dispatched to Israel on Friday morning and the two airplanes made efforts to extinguish the Israeli fire. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the two airplanes. Erdogan, in return, told Netanyahu that what Turkey did was a "duty of humanity".

TURKEY AT CENTER OF EURASIA, HISARCIKLIOGLU SAYS
Chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Rifat Hisarciklioglu, said that Turkey's political and economic structure gained importance. "Turkey is no longer a country on the side of Europe. Turkey now is the center of Eurasia," Hisarciklioglu said.

VATAN
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EMERGENCE OF A LEVANT OF 1.5 TRILLION USD
Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan have established the Levant Business Forum. Representatives of business organizations from the four countries gathered in Istanbul under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul. They signed a declaration to implement 75 projects under 14 chapters, including transportation and logistics, finance, investments, energy security, tourism, education and culture. The forum is expected to become an economic figure of 1.5 trillion USD in the coming five years.

ZERO INCREASE IN CONSUMER PRICES
Consumer prices index (CPI) increased 0.03 percent while the producer prices index (PPI) dropped 0.31 percent in November, 2010. Inflation for eleven months (January-November) was recorded as 6.72 percent based on CPI and 7.47 percent based on PPI. Annual inflation was recorded as 7.29 percent based on CPI and 8.17 percent based on PPI in November.

CUMHURIYET
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'FIRE' BREAK TO TENSION
Tension between Turkey and Israel went down as Turkey sent two fire fighting airplanes to Israel to help in extinguishing the fire in Haifa city. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and thanked him for the two airplanes. Turkey will organize NATO efforts to help Israel deal with the deadly fire.

TURKISH-CHINESE COOPERATION GROWS
After joint air and land exercises recently, the Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara has opened its doors to a Chinese delegation. Chinese General Yongsheng visited the Center and received information.

RADIKAL
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ISRAEL'S PREPARATION FOR HUMANITARIAN APOLOGY
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on phone and thanked him for sending two aircrafts to dump sea water and flame retardant on the fire. In response, Prime Minister Erdogan told his Israeli counterpart that they expected an apology from Israel following the Israeli attack on a six-ship aid flotilla. Now, Israel is getting ready for a humanitarian apology in order to normalize its relations with Turkey.

NO CONCERNS
The Military Higher Administrative Court has rejected a demand from three high-ranging military personnel to invalidate the decision of the government to lay off them from the job with a majority of votes. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who said earlier that the court's decision would be controversial in any case, welcomed the decision.

HURRIYET
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CONDITIONAL PEACE
The forest fire in Israel has eased the tension in Turkey-Israel relations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on phone and thanked him for sending two aircrafts to dump sea water and flame retardant on the fire. Prime Minister Erdogan gave the message that if Turkey's demands were met, Turkey-Israeli relations would turn back to normal. He also expressed his sorrow over killing of 41 people in the fire.

AKSU TO HEAD WIKILEAKS COMMISSION
The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party has established a commission to find out ways to file a lawsuit against Americans about the whistle-blowing internet site Wikileaks' release of secret U.S. diplomatic cables. Abdulkadir Aksu will head the commission. The cables included serious accusations against Aksu.

MILLIYET
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WE ARE GRATEFUL, ISRAELI PM SAYS
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday and thanked him for sending two fire fighting airplanes to help extinguish the fire in Haifa city of Israel. Erdogan told, in return, that "we had to help as a duty of humanity and Islam. We are also ready to extend assistance in treating Israelis injured in the fire".

THERE COULD BE RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSE IN NURSERIES, MINISTER CELIK
Turkish State Minister in charge of the Religious Affairs Department, Faruk Celik, said that a religious studies course could be taught in schools once a week for those who want it. "There should not be a limit of age for those courses. There could be a religious studies course in nurseries," Celik also said.

SABAH
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CIVILIAN DECISION FROM MILITARY COURT
The Military Higher Administrative Court has rejected a demand from three high-ranging military personnel to invalidate the decision of the government to lay off them from the job. The military court ruled out that the ministries of internal affairs and the defense used their discretionary power. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we expected the military court to make such a decision. Those three generals should have retired as of August 30."

CONSUMER PRICES INCREASE IN NOVEMBER
Consumer prices index (CPI) increased 0.03 percent while the producer prices index (PPI) dropped 0.31 percent in November, 2010. Turkish Statistical Board said that annual inflation was calculated as 7.29 percent. 

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