TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 13

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 13, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 13

TURKIYE
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NO PROMOTION EITHER
Generals, who were arrested in Balyoz case lost their right to get promotion. It affected Turkish military's command chain in the future.

"I QUIT IF I COME IN SECOND"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged four months before the parliamentary elections and gave a message to politicians who do not leave their seats for years.
"I quit if my party comes second in elections," Erdogan said.

ALEPPO IS FULL OF TURKS
Turkish people flocked to Syria after the two countries agreed to lift visa requirements. Damascus and Aleppo are the most visited cities in Syria. Turkey's exports, which stood at 184 million USD in 2000, reached 1.6 billion USD in 2010.

ZAMAN
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HOPES FADE AWAY
Search-and-rescue teams have been looking for nine missing workers after a landslide at an open coal mine in the southern province of Kahramanmaras. A 100-member technical team arrived in the province from Ankara and the neighboring provinces of Adana, Malatya, Gaziantep and Diyarbakir to join search-and-rescue efforts. But, hopes are slowly fading away to find the workers buried in the coal mine used as fuel at a power plant in the area.

IDEF 2011 TO BE OPENED IN MAY
Turkey's first national war vessels will be on display at the 10th International Defense Industry Fair - IDEF 2011. The fair will take place in Istanbul from May 10 to 13.

YENI SAFAK
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KOSANER'S VISIT TO PRIME MINISTER
General Staff Chief Gen. Isik Kosaner met with relatives of the suspects of the alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)" after the court decided to jail 163 military personnel. Later, he met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Istanbul's Dolmabahce. National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul was also in attendance at the meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes.

OBAMA PHONES ERDOGAN
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders exchanged views about recent developments in Egypt. It was the third telephone conversation between Prime Minister Erdogan and President Obama since the eruption of crisis in Egypt.

VATAN
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SPOUSES OF COMMANDERS CUT OFF ROAD
It happened for the first time in Turkey. Wives of 27 officers, who were arrested Friday in Balyoz case, got together in front of the court house in Besiktas, Istanbul. They blocked the road for a while to protest the court decision, chanting slogans "Turkey is secular and will remain so."
"We have always remained silent but from now on we will talk," said Sema Cetin, Admiral Ali Semih Cetin's wife.

"THE TRUTH IS: JUDICIARY POLITICIZED"
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu commented about Balyoz case.
"Turkey will pay a price as long as judiciary becomes politicized. People went to the court room on their own. If evidences are collected, there is no need to arrest them. But if evidences are not collected and there are serious findings, then an explanation must be made to satisfy the public. It has been two years and there is even no lawsuit filed in Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse) case," Kilicdaroglu said.

CUMHURIYET
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SURPRISING MEETING
Military chief Gen. Isik Kosaner met with families of retired and active military officers who were arrested in Balyoz case. The meeting took place at officer's club in Harbiye, Istanbul. Kosaner met also with Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul at the club. Later, he had a 45-minute surprising meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Dolmabahce Palace.

"YOU SHOOT YOUR OWN FOOT"
Rauf Denktas, the founding president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, spoke on recent developments in Cyprus and Turkey's stance. He said it was Turkish government's right to appoint and withdraw an ambassador. Denktas said recent appointment of Turkish government caused speculation in the island and it also triggered a thought that Ankara would take some negative steps on Cyprus issue.
"Turkey should not even think of taking its hands off the island," he said.

RADIKAL
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SUMMIT AT DOLMABAHCE
The chief of the General Staff, Gen. Isik Kosaner first listened to relatives of the suspects of the alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)" after the court decided to jail 163 military personnel. Later, he met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Istanbul's Dolmabahce. The tete-a-tete meeting lasted for about 45 minutes.

PRENATAL GENDER TESTS BANNED
The Ministry of Health has decided to ban prenatal gender prediction tests. The Ministry of Health made the decision to recall two different tests from the market after it was revealed that tests did not met necessary criteria of production.

HURRIYET
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FROM HARBIYE TO DOLMABAHCE
The chief of the General Staff, Gen. Isik Kosaner first met with relatives of some suspects of the alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)" at Harbiye Officer's Club and then, he held talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Istanbul's Dolmabahce after the court decided to jail 163 military personnel.

GUL TO TRAVEL TO IRAN TODAY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul will travel to Iran today as the guest of his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. President Gul will be the first Turkish president visiting Iran for the first time in nine years. During his four-day visit to Iran, Gul will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz, MPs, businessmen and journalists.

OBAMA CALLS ERDOGAN
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to exchange views about recent developments in Egypt. It was the third telephone conversation between Prime Minister Erdogan and President Obama since the eruption of crisis in north African nation.

MILLIYET
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HASDAL FORCE COMMAND
29 generals out of 364 generals of the Turkish army are jailed in Hasdal prison. The prison is full of military officers of every rank from lieutenant to lieutenant general who are on trial in several cases such as Balyoz (Sledgehammer), Ergenekon, Poyrazkoy and military espionage. One of every four admirals in Turkish navy are in Hasdal too. Following recent detention of persons, promotion chain has broken.

SLEDGEHAMMER SUMMIT
Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner went to the officer's club in Harbiye, Istanbul on Saturday and met with families of officers who were arrested in Balyoz case, sources claimed. Kosaner, later, had a surprising meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Dolmabahce Palace. The meeting discussed Balyoz case, it was claimed.

SABAH
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"DON'T RESIST, IT'S THE LAW"
Generals, who were arrested in Balyoz case, refused to leave the court room, saying, "only a full general can take us out of here."
However, 1st Army, gendarmerie and central command sent a message to generals that "this procedure is appropriate regarding your detention. Do not resist."

"WHE SHARE THE JOY OF EGYPT"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about Egypt in Sakarya: "Egyptian people should know that we share their joy, excitement and jubilation. From this moment on, Egypt must hold fair and free elections and form a constitutional democracy without allowing chaos, instability and especially provocation."

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