TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 15

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 15, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 15

TURKIYE
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GUL SAYS CHANGE IN MIDDLE EAST NO SURPRISE
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said a recent wave of political upheavals in Arab countries should not be considered as an unexpected turn of events. "We are witnessing very important and deep changes. What is going on is of no surprise," Gul told reporters covering his visit to Tehran, Iran.

TURKEY TO RE-ENTER SAMURAI MARKET
The Turkish Treasury has authorized three Japanese banks for bond issuance at the Samurai bond market. A samurai bond is generally issued by an investor based in Europe but it is governed by the Japanese laws.

ZAMAN
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GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE SECOND JUSTICE REFORM
Turkish government is set to submit a second package to reform the country's justice system to cut the work load of the first instance courts. The Justice Ministry has completed the draft law and asked for opinion from bar associations and scholars. The draft law includes arrangements that would help resolve legal disputes without resorting to the courts.

LIFE EXPECTANCY UP IN TURKEY
The increase in the life expectancy in Turkey has became a proof to the coutry's growth and its developing economy. Average life expectancy in Turkey rose to 73.7 years from 70.9 years from 2003 and to 2009. Life expectancy for women rose to 76.1 years from 73.4 years while it was up to 71.5 years from 68.6 for men.

YENI SAFAK
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GUL SAYS IRAN WAITING FOR TURKISH CONTRACTORS
President Abdullah Gul, who is visiting Iran, said that Iran aims to construct 1 million dwellings in the coming period. "Foreign capital will flow into this country. You (Turkish contractors) should follow these auctions for construction of those dwellings," he said. Gul who met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that countries should implement both political and economic reforms in line with their peoples' requests. "Sometimes people push for the changes that cannot be realized by administrations and leaders. This is the current situation in our region. Public acts as the pioneer when leaders fail to do so. We hope all the countries and nations would get over the current process in a strong, honorable and happy way as soon as possible," he noted.

OUR LIFE-SPAN INCREASE 3 YEARS
Average life expectancy in Turkey went up to 73.7 years from 70.9 years in the period between 2003 and 2009, data showed. Life expectancy for women rose to 76.1 years from 73.4 years while it was up to stand at 71.5 years from 68.6 for men.

VATAN
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GUL URGES IRANIAN PRESIDENT TO KEEP BORDER GUARDS ON TIGHT LEASH
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has reportedly urged his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to take measures to stop Iranian border guards from killing Turkish nationals who crossed into Iran illegally. More than 20 Turks have been shot dead over the past year by the Iranian security forces while crossing into Iran for alleged smuggling purposes. "Obviously, security forces must track people who act out of the law but there is also a humanitarian dimension to it. These people can be deterred without killing them. Warn your security authorities," Gul reportedly told Ahmadinejad during a meeting in Tehran. Lately, two Turkish teenagers were killed ten days ago by Iranian security teams.

TURKEY TO BUILD WARSHIP FOR BRITAIN
Britain seeks military cooperation with Turkey after a decision to cut its expenses back at home. Wall Street Journal has claimed that the two countries had signed a cooperation deal which included Turkey's participation in the construction of warship for Britain as well as the training of British helicopter pilots in Turkey. Turkish officers will join programs at Britain Royal War Academy.

CUMHURIYET
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DEMOCRACY IMPROVING!
Police raided the Istanbul headquarters of the Oda TV website and the homes of its owner, journalist and author Soner Yalcin, and three colleagues. Raids came hours after Oda TV posted a video on a police search regarding an alleged network, Ergenekon, accused of conspiring to topple the Turkish government. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "could a government which was annoyed of truths improve democracy? There will be more pressure in the coming period."

FENERBAHCE DEFEATS KAYSERISPOR
Fenerbahce defeated Kayserispor 2-0 and gained the second place in the Spor Toto Super League. Niang and Lugano scored the goals in the game. Trabzonspor is still at the first place in the league.

RADIKAL
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"THEY SLEPT FOR YEARS"
Constitutional Court President Hasim Kilic said that high judiciary did not do anything other than sleeping so far. Kilic said that heads of Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State did not meet with their members to handle dossiers. Kilic said that he has worked on dossiers since he came to the office in 2007.

GUL'S MESSAGE
President Abdullah Gul who is visiting Iran talked about mainly on democratization. Gul said that there were important developments in Middle East and Islam world at a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad. Leaders should take into consideration of demands of the people, Gul said. 

HURRIYET
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POLICE DETAIN FOUR IN CONNECTION WITH ERGENEKON CASE
Police in Istanbul detained four people Monday on the orders of a prosecutor investigating in the case over what is known as the Ergenekon, an alleged criminal network in Turkey with ties to bureaucracy and military. Weekly writer of the daily HURRIYET Soner Yalcin was among the four people detained for being a "member of the Ergenekon terrorist organization and for inciting hatred and enmity." Police searched a two-storey building used as the headquarters of an Internet site at "odatv.com" as well as houses of the detainees, the three of whom were reportedly the administrators of the Internet site.

COURT ARRESTS RET. GENERAL IN COUP PROBE
An Istanbul court on Monday arrested retired general Cetin Dogan, former commander of the First Army, under an investigation into alleged military coup plans back in 2003, came to be known as the "Sledgehammer Operation." 163 people including retired Gen. Ibrahim Firtina, former commander of the Air Forces, and retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, former commander of the Naval Forces, were also jailed earlier.

MILLIYET
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FENERBAHCE AT SECOND PLACE
Fenerbahce defeated Kayserispor 2-0 with goals by Niang and Lugano. Fenerbahce gained the second place in the Spor Toto Super League. Trabzonspor is still at the first place in the league.

"WE WILL NOT DEFEND OURSELVES"
22 suspects were arrested and sent to prison on Monday over alleged coup plans known publicly as "Balyoz (Sledgehammer)". Retired 1st Army commander Cetin Dogan was also among them. Dogan said that all documents were unsound. Dogan said that they would submit a petition objecting to their arrest warrant to the 11th Criminal Court and if it was not accepted, they would not make their defense.

SABAH
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TURKISH PREMIER OFFERS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EGYPT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for an international conference on Egypt during a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama on February 12. "Functioning of a full democracy in Egypt must be secured in the shortest possible time," Erdogan quoted as telling Obama. Obama reportedly said in response "we should begin working for a such a conference. You are the most important figure in the region. I need your opinion. Your remarks will make a big contribution to Egypt," Obama reportedly told Erdogan.

PRIME SUSPECT IN COUP CASE BEHIND BARS
An Istanbul court arrested retired general Cetin Dogan, former commander of the First Army, in the Sledgehammer case. Cetin, the prime suspect in the probe on an alleged plot back in 2003 to overthrow the government, was sent to prison pending the court ruling. The court also arrested 13 military officers, six of them in active duty.

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