TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 16, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 16

TURKIYE
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TSK TO BE MORE POWERFUL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted to those who accused the government of detentions under Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case. Erdogan said that the process was carried out by jurisdiction and everyone should respect it. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) would strengthen at the end of the process, Erdogan said.

KHAMENEI SAYS POWERFUL TURKEY IS A MUST FOR ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is visiting Iran, had a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also attended the meeting. Khamenei said that a historical opportunity has been caught to boost bilateral ties between Turkey and Iran. Khamenei said that powerful Turkey was a must for Islamic countries.

ZAMAN
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JUDGES REMOVED FROM OFFICE DUE TO BRIBERY, NOT BALYOZ
The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) replied to remarks by attorneys of several suspects who claimed that the latest decision to arrest 163 soldiers in Balyoz case came after judges in charge were changed. The board's deputy head Ahmet Hamsici said the place of duty of the judges of 10th and 14th High Criminal Courts had been changed due to "bribery" claims, not in connection with the Balyoz case.

JOBLESS RATE DOWN TO 11 PCT, BUDGET RUNS 1 BLN TL SURPLUS
Two positive news came from economy yesterday. Employment figures for November 2010 were pleasing. Jobless rate dropped 2.1 points to 11 percent compared to the same period of a year earlier. The number of employed was also up by 1.1 million. The second positive development was about the budget. Thanks to the increase in tax income and decline in expenditures, Turkey's central government budget ran a surplus of 1 billion Turkish liras (TL) in January 2011. Such a development takes place for the second time in 21 years.

YENI SAFAK
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LET JURISDICTION DO ITS JOB
Delivering a speech at his Justice and Development (AK) Party's group meeting, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that detentions within the scope of Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case was carried out by the jurisdiction. "This process will strengthen TSK (Turkish Armed Forces)," Erdogan said.

BUDGET YIELDS 1 BLN TL SURPLUS
The 2011 Central Government Budget ran a surplus of 1 billion Turkish liras (TL) in January 2011. Budgetary expenses were 22,494,000 TL and revenues were 23,499,000 TL. The Central Government Budget in January 2010 ran a deficit of 3,121 million TL.

VATAN
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KILICDAROGLU: WHERE IS ERGENEKON? I WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER
Commenting on the developments regarding the Ergenekon case, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that the case had been going on for 3 years and detentions continued.
Pointing to the people who had been arrested as part of the case for being a member of a terrorist organization, Kilicdaroglu said, "So you can become a member of this organization anytime you want. I wonder where this organization is. I will go and become a member".

THESE CASES TO STRENGTHEN TSK
Referring to Ergenekon and Balyoz cases, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "The black and white will be revealed soon. Be patient".
Erdogan noted that the jurisdiction should be respected in order to identify the guilty and the innocent, and to reach satisfying judgments. "Whatever the result will be, it will strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces," the premier said.

CUMHURIYET
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"YOU'RE PRODUCING CRIME"
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu commented on a police raid on news website Odatv and claimed that Soner Yalcin was detained to prevent establishment of a new TV channel. Kilicdaroglu said that they did not want immunity in an atmosphere where democracy was violated. "Your prosecutors and judges may produce crime and detain us. We are ready to pay the price for democracy," he said.

"I CANNOT UNDERSTAND"
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone said that he could not understand that when freedom of press was mentioned in Turkey, journalists were detained. Ricciardone said that independent and free jurisdiction was a must for democracy.

RADIKAL
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INNOCENCE IS BASIC PRINCIPLE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had a meeting with General Staff Chief Gen. Isik Kosaner at Dolmabahce Palace on Saturday, commented on the latest detention wave in Balyoz case while speaking at his party's group meeting yesterday.
"Everyone is innocent unless proven otherwise. Nobody could be considered guilty just for being detained, arrested or judged. Nobody could be named a criminal unless a final judgment was reached about him/her. However, the jurisdiction should be respected so that the black and the white will be revealed," Erdogan said.

U.S. AMBASSADOR: WE CLOSELY MONITOR BALYOZ PROCESS
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone said that they closely monitored the detentions within the scope of Balyoz case and they expected a duly executed and transparent judicial process. The ambassador also said that he was trying to comprehend how freedom of press could be debated while journalists were being arrested. 

HURRIYET
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"WE CANNOT UNDERSTAND DETENTIONS"
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone said that freedom of press was mentioned in Turkey but also journalists were detained, stating that they could not understand it. "Turkey wants free press. Both the government and also the opposition say that they support free media. We are monitoring this process. Freedom of expression and freedom of press are vital for Turkey, the United States and for the region," Ambassador Ricciardone said.

GUL VISITS IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is visiting Iran, had a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also attended the meeting. Khamenei said that there must be unity in Islamic world against games of enemies.

MILLIYET
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IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER EULOGIZES TURKEY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei as part of his visit to Tehran. Hoseini-Khamenei said in the meeting that Turkey's rising role in Islamic world would bring benefits to the region. President Gul said that he hoped that the country's transformation would be beneficial for the region.

MEDIA SHOULD BE FREE
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone said regarding a police raid on the headquarters of an internet site at "odatv.com" that Turkish government talked about freedom of press but also journalists were detained. He said that he could not understand it.

SABAH
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TRANSPARENCY LESSON TO ARAB LEADERS
While chatting with Turkish reporters accompanying him during his visit to Iran, Turkish President Abdullah Gul received the news that mobile phones and the internet had been cut due to the demonstrations in Tehran. Commenting on the issue, Gul said telephone lines might be cut, however, TV showed everything.
"The biggest problems in totalitarian regimes are injustice, corruption, lack of accountability and underuse of resources," Gul noted.
"Countries in the region experience such incidents as none of them has an audit mechanism concerning these principles," he also said.

LET BLACK AND WHITE BE REVEALED
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the latest detentions in Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case. "Everybody should respect the jurisdiction. This judiciary process will strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces," Erdogan said.
The premier noted that nobody could be considered a criminal unless a final judgment was reached about him/her. "However, the black and white should be revealed. Those who are associating this process with the government are insane," he said.

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