TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 8

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 8, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 8

TURKIYE
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FIND THE MONEY, IT WILL BE YOURS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly reacted to Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu who said, "the prime minister has a secret account in Switzerland." Erdogan said, "CHP leader should go and visit 300 banks in Switzerland. If he finds any documents proving that I have an account in that country, I will donate all that money and all my wealth to CHP."

FIRST STEP FROM ISRAEL TO APOLOGIZE
Tel Aviv accepted to apologize to families of nine Turks whom it killed and pay compensation. Israel, which has lost Turkey --its only ally in the Middle East-- due to the "Mavi Marmara" massacre, is seeking a formula for peace. Upon Ankara's reaction, Israel has taken action to apologize for the first time in its history. Haaretz, a newspaper close to the Israeli government, wrote that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted to end the crisis, accepted to apologize to families of Turks killed in the attack on the aid ship, and pay compensation.

ZAMAN
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PAKISTANI PM GILANI SAYS TURKEY & PAKISTAN TWO STATES WITH ONE NATION
Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani addressed the Turkish Parliament's general assembly on Tuesday. Gilani said that Pakistan was proud of Turkey's leadership in the global arena. We are two states with one nation, Gilani also said.

ISRAEL WILL APOLOGIZE, JEWISH LEADER SAYS
Deputy Chairman of the World Jewish Congress, Marc Schneier, said that Israel will apologize for the Mavi Marmara incident on May 31 in which nine Turks were killed by Israeli troops. "Turkey and Israel are like a family. It is normal for members of a family to disagree with each other at times. The Turks and Jews share a magnificent history," Schneier said.

YENI SAFAK
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SHOULD THEY FIND ANY MONEY IN SWISS BANKS, I WILL DONATE IT TO CHP, ERDOGAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan called main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) the mouthpiece of global lies and said, "CHP should go and tour all the 300 banks in Switzerland one by one and find documents of alleged bank accounts. I will donate all that money and all my wealth to CHP," said Erdogan.
"They claimed in the past based on Wikipedia allegations that I was the 8th richest Premier in the world. CHP should change its name to Wiki CHP," Erdogan continued.

KAZANCI-KARAMEHMET CONSORTIUM WINS TENDER FOR ISTANBUL'S ASIAN SIDE ELECTRIC GRID
Mehmet Emin Karamehmet and Mehmet Kazanci consortium, which earlier won the tender for Istanbul's electric grid in the European side, did not allow its competitors to snatch the tender for the electric grid in the Asian side. MMEKA won the tender with $1.813 billion. Yildizlar Holding Co. won the tender for the electric grid in the Taurus region for 2.075 billion USD while Park Holding won the tender for the Mediterranean grid with $1.165 billion USD.
 

VATAN
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WE AGAIN SCORED ZERO
Turkey was ranked the 33rd in an education survey conducted in 35 countries by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The survey showed that Turkish education system could not make much progress in the last six years. According to OECD's PISA survey, Turkish students, who were assessed on social issues, mathematics and science, could only leave behind Mexican and Chilean students. China, South Korea and Finland were the top three countries in the survey.

HIGH-LEVEL COMMEMORATION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by two ministers, will attend the commemoration ceremony to be held for the deceased musician Ahmet Kaya. On the other hand, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu has not decided on the issue yet.
Erdogan said he would participate in the event together with Ministers Mehmet Simsek and Mehdi Eker, while Kilicdaroglu noted that he would attend the night if his schedule was available. Erdogan is expected to sit next to Ahmet Kaya's spouse Gulten Kaya and Rakel Dink, wife of the deceased journalist Hrant Dink, during the memorial ceremony.

CUMHURIYET
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LOCAL DEMOCRACY
Students who wanted to hold a press conference with Mehmet Sevigen, an MP from the Republican People's Party (CHP), at the parliament were prevented from entering the parliament for "they joined a demonstration." The students were only allowed to visit CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's room. Sevigen reacted as saying, "murderers and thieves can enter the parliament, however our children are prevented." Sevigen had to cancel the press conference as students were not allowed in the parliament.

KILICDAROGLU NAMES IT: DEMOCRACY WITH CLUBS
CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was responsible for police violence against students. Kilicdaroglu said, "there is democracy with clubs in our country, not an advanced democracy."

RADIKAL
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'TURKISH OBAMA' BEGINS SERVING
Australian citizen of Turkish origin, Ozturk Yildiz, has been elected as Mayor of Moreland Municipality in Australian city of Melbourne. Yildiz's election process took place at the same time as that of the U.S. President Barack Obama and, as such, Yildiz was compared to Obama. Yildiz is the first Turk to have been elected as mayor in Australia.

ECONOMY TO GROW 5 P.C. IN 2011, SABANCI SAYS
Chairperson of the Executive Board of Sabanci Holding, Guler Sabanci, said that they expected the Turkish economy to grow five percent in 2011. Turkey's economic growth is noteworthy, Sabanci said.
 

HURRIYET
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APPRECIATION CEREMONY WITH STAR AND CRESCENT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres thanked international forces that helped put out the biggest fire in Israel with a ceremony held in front of Turkish flags. President Peres hosted fire-fighters from 20 countries at his residence, and said, "I thank you all for rushing to help us immediately and behaving bravely, and saving lives of the Israeli people."

JUST BE AFRAID NOW
Julian Assange, the founder of web-site WikiLeaks, surrendered to British police when he was wanted by an international arrest warrant due to claims of two Swedish women that they were raped. The real doomsday will occur if Assange decides to make public all documents all of a sudden. Assange's bail demand was rejected. Assange will be tried under detention until December 14.

HE GOT ISTANBUL, LOST TOROSLAR
MMEKA company, established by Mehmet Kazanci and Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, won the tender for distribution of electricity in Istanbul's Asian side. The company offered 1.8 billion USD for the privatization of the distribution network. Thus, MMEKA won eight tenders in four months in return for 8 billion USD. Moreover, Yildizlar Holding offered 2.2 billion USD for Toroslar Elektrik which distributes electricity in and around the southern province of Adana.

MILLIYET
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APOLOGY AND COMPENSATION FROM ISRAEL
According to Haaretz daily, a solution would be reached soon in the Mavi Marmara crisis. Israel accepted in principle to apologize and to pay a certain compensation to the relatives of the victims of the attack. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said that it was of great importance to fix relations with Turkey.

9 MLN SUBSCRIBERS FOR 8 BLN USD
MMEKA Machinery Import, Marketing and Trade Corporation, owned by Mehmet Emin Karamehmet and Mehmet Kazanci, continues to attract all the attention in the electricity distribution bid. The company, which earlier purchased BEDAS and Gediz for 4.91 billion USD, submitted yesterday the highest offer for the electricity grid company in Istanbul's Asian side. The company's offer was 1.8 billion USD and it had previously placed a bid of 1.2 billion USD for Baskent Natural Gas Distribution company. The company will invest nearly 8 billion USD to the 4 firms which have 9 million subscribers in total.

SABAH
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BOLD MEHMETS
Following Istanbul's electric grid in the European side, Mehmet Emin Karamehmet and Mehmet Kazanci consortium won the tender for the electric grid in the Asian side. The price the two partners paid in four tenders exceeded 8 billions. The treasury collected 5.053 billion dollars in three electric distribution tenders.

"WIKI CHP"
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) about the Wikileaks allegations, at the group meeting of the Justice and Development Party. "Since it is changing, may be it should change its name to Wiki CHP," said Premier Erdogan. "The main opposition is leaving aside everything and touting the allegations and delusions of foreign diplomats," Erdogan went on to say.
He said, "CHP should tour the 300 banks in Switzerland one by one and document the alleged bank accounts, I will donate that money to CHP. If we try to disprove all your allegations there will be no time left for us to serve the nation."
Erdogan said they would continue to assume a cautious position against the Wikileaks allegations.
 

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