TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 14

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 14, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 14

TURKIYE
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EITHER PRESIDENCY OR REPENTANCE
Burhan Kuzu, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitution, said that Turkey should adopt the presidency system. "Turkey needs a a new constitution. If we fail to change the system, coalition governments will come to political power after the Justice and Development (AK) Party. And it can lead to instability and political crises," he said.

PRESIDENT GUL IN IRAN
President Abdullah Gul has arrived in Tehran on a four-day official visit. Businessmen, deputies and governors are accompanying the president. Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi welcomed President Gul and his entourage at the airport.

ZAMAN
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ATALAY SAYS DOLMABAHCE MEETING WAS NORMAL
Interior Minister Besir Atalay has said that the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff Chief Gen. Isik Kosaner at Istanbul's Dolmabahce should be considered as a normal gathering. "163 officers have been arrested. 106 of them are current members of the Turkish army. Under such circumstances, a meeting among the prime minister, the chief of the General Staff and the national defense minister is quite normal," he said.

TURKEY ONE OF FIVE COUNTRIES OF FUTURE
Turkey has begun yielding results of its political and economic stability. American car-maker Ford included Turkey among its five countries of future behind Brazil, Russia, India and China. Those countries have a great potential of economic growth.

YENI SAFAK
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NEW YORK SAYS KARSAN
Residents of New York preferred Turkish Karsan company despite all smear campaign. 66 percent of the people, who replied the survey 'cab of the future', said they wanted to see Karsan cabs in the streets of New York. Now, eyes turned to the tender.

MEAN ATTACK ON TURKISH STAND
The stands of Turkish companies, which attended a textile fair in capital Beirut of Lebanon, were raided by Armenians. The group shouted slogans against Turkey, and then wounded Turkish businessmen.

VATAN
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WHAT DID THEY TALK ABOUT AT DOLMABAHCE?
Interior Minister Besir Atalay has given information about Saturday's meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff Chief Gen. Isik Kosaner at Istanbul's Dolmabahce. "106 out of 163 officers are current members of the Turkish army. They have families. The prime minister wants to get information about developments and give necessary directives," he said. Gen. Kosaner met with Prime Minister Erdogan and National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul after the court decided to jail 163 military personnel over alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)".

PANZER SET ON FIRE
Tension has escalated in the southeastern province of Hakkari when a group of supporters of the PKK terrorist organization took to the street to mark the 12th anniversary of capture of Abdullah Ocalan in Kenya. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the group who chanted slogans in favor of Ocalan. Demonstrators threw fire-bombs and set a panzer on fire.

CUMHURIYET
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ADJUSTMENT ON JURISDICTION OK
President Abdullah Gul approved the law which increases the number of departments and members of Council of State and Court of Appeals and drew the reaction of higher jurisdiction organs. Ignoring the calls of veto, Gul approved the debated law only two days after his meetings with presidents of Council of State and Court of Appeals. Replying questions prior to his departure for Iran, Gul said, "I see no harm in approving the law within the scope of the information and recommendations made by my advisors and department on law."

WE ARE CLEANING YOUR MESS
Reacting to statements of opposition parties which said the corruption of Justice & Development (AK) Party will be brought into light and its all activities will be investigated, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we are cleaning your mess! They left us 23 billion USD of IMF debt. The debt is now 5.7 billion USD." He said that if there had been a corruption in AK Party period, the mess could not have been cleaned.

RADIKAL
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PRESIDENT GUL IN IRAN
President Abdullah Gul said that the Middle East had faced an extraordinary transition process lately, adding, "all countries should take lessons from the incidents in Tunisia and Egypt." Asked whether his visit would be criticized by the Western world, President Gul said, "some European countries' trade volume with Iran is much more higher than our trade volume."

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE EFFORTS CALLED OFF
Search-and-rescue efforts have been called off once again in the southern province of Kahramanmaras because of the risk of a new landslide. Teams searched for nine missing workers buried after a landslide at an open coal mine which was used as fuel at a power plant in the area.

HURRIYET
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SWIFT APPROVAL FOR NEW JURISDICTION LAW
President Abdullah Gul approved the draft law, which envisages opening new departments in the Court of Appeals and the Council of State, just before he left for Iran yesterday. Gul said that he approved the law with the concern that 200,000 cases in the Court of Appeals would lapse within the next 4-5 years. He said, "I was informed that we are faced with such a dreadful situation."

WE SUPPORT TURKISH CAB
The government extended a supportive hand to Karsan company which was qualified for the final in New York cab tender but needed support against lobbies. State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan will visit Karsan's factory in the northwestern province of Bursa tomorrow, and then he will visit New York to convey the message "we support Karsan" to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

MILLIYET
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ISLAM WORLD NEEDS REFORM
President Abdullah Gul has given messages to the Islam world as he flew to Iran on an official visit. Actually, the whole Islam world needed reforms, he told reporters at Ankara's Esenboga Airport. "The whole Islam world has faced an extraordinary transition process lately. People are pioneering this process," he said, adding that all countries should take lessons from the incidents in Tunisia and Egypt.

SYRIA WANTS DENIZLI
Farouk Serriyeh, chairman of the Syrian Federation of Football, has sent a letter to Mustafa Denizli and asked him to be the coach of Syrian national team. If Denizli does not accept the invitation, Syria will offer the same position to Fatih Terim.

SABAH
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WE NEITHER AFRAID NOR INTIMIDATE
Speaking at a ceremony in Istanbul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that there was no place neither for fear nor for intimidation in their policy. He said, "in our policy, we don't intervene in other people's life style, and we don't make prohibitions. We don't use sacred values as a tool in politics."

THERE IS A HUGE BURDEN ON JURISDICTION
President Abdullah Gul approved the draft law on high jurisdiction. Gul said, "I made consultations, and I did not see any problem in approving the law. There is an incredible burden on jurisdiction."

VACATION OVER, LET'S GO TO SCHOOL
The second term in 2010-2011 education year is starting today. 16,256,000 students and 664,000 teachers will go to schools, and begin their courses. The first term of the education year was completed on January 28.

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