TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 17

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 17, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 17

TURKIYE
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IRAN WANTS HONORABLE SOLUTION
Turkish President Abdullah Gul made public the content of his meeting with Iran's clergyman Ali Hoseini-Khamenei. Gul said nuclear crisis was brought up in the meeting. "Iran wants to solve this issue in an honorable way, and progress can be made if the West does not make any procedural mistake," he said.

PATRIOTIC-PERWER
There has been a great support to the Kurdish singer who has not yielded to the terrorist organization PKK and supported the government's democratic initiative. Sivan Perwer has responded to the politicians who are the extension of PKK and Qandil and who have declared him a traitor as saying, "you are the real traitors." Kurdish citizens who support Perwer say, "we should not yield to threats, and we should from now on silence PKK."
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who had a two-hour meeting with the Kurdish singer in Germany, said, "Perwer is a distinguished singer, and I have seen a great patriotism in him. He is loyal to his soil and homeland. He wants terrorism and bloodshed to end."

ZAMAN
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TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PLANNING TO ESCALATE VIOLENCE AHEAD OF ELECTIONS
Terrorist organization PKK's secret urban wing KCK is planning to stage demonstrations to foment chaos in the run to the general elections in June, according to intelligence reports. Security officials say the KCK will intensify provocative demonstrations in March. The terrorist organization has followed the same strategy before ahead of elections in 2004, 2007 and in 2009.

GOVERNMENT SUBMITS BILL TO REINSTATE RETIREMENT PENSION FOR SACKED MILITARY OFFICERS
Turkish government has submitted a bill which would allow for the payment of retirement pensions for nearly 1800 military personnel who had been relieved of duty by Turkey's High Military Council or YAS. Decisions taken by the YAS cannot be appealed to any higher court for annulment.

YENI SAFAK
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DUTCH COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF TURKS ON VISALESS TRAVEL
A Netherlands court has ruled in favor of a Turkish national who petitioned to enter the country without obtaining a visa from Dutch authorities. Court ruled that Turkish nationals could stay in the country for up to three months without a permission.

HIGH COURT WRITES OFF PART OF TAX FINE FOR DOGAN
Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, has ruled in favor of the Dogan Holding in a case to cancel part of the group's tax fines. The court has written off 1.04 billion Turkish liras levied to Dogan TV and D Productions.

VATAN
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TURKISH PREMIER'S WIFE PRESENTED WITH WOMEN'S AWARD
Crans Montana Forum has presented Turkish premier's wife, Emine Erdogan, with "the Prix de la Fondation" at a ceremony in Brussels. "I am honored to receive this award and I am dedicating it to the women of Turkey, my country which has always pioneered peace, democracy and freedom," Erdogan said. Crans Montana Forum Chairman Jean-Paul Carteron presented the award to Erdogan.

KURDISH FOLK SINGER DECLARES WAR ON PKK
Kurdish folk singer Sivan Perwer has lashed out at the PKK for accusing him of treachery for meeting with Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc in Germany. "If someone is to be called a traitor, it has to be the one who blames others with treachery. I am the same person now as I was before," Perwer said.

TURKISH CONSUMERS SPEND 713 MLN TL ON VALENTINE'S DAY
Turkish consumers have spent 713 million Turkish liras by using their credit cards on Valentine's Day, Turkey's Interbank Cards Center said. The figure marked a 12 percent increase over last year's Valentine Day from 639 million TL.

CUMHURIYET
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IF YOU ARE TAPPED, DO NOT REMAIN SILENT
Cetin Soysal, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said journalists were tapped illegally. Soysal said he had seen the list of tapped people which was over 3,000, and among the tapped were CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, former CHP leader Deniz Baykal, executives of CHP and the other opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), judicial executives, members of security department and journalists.

GVT UNEASY
The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party was angry at U.S. Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone's remarks that he could not understand detention of journalists when Turkey was backing freedom of press. AK Party deputy chairman Huseyin Celik said, "ambassadors cannot intervene in our internal affairs, and cannot design our domestic policy, they have a limit."

RADIKAL
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HOPES ABOUT VISA LIE WITH ANKARA
After Germany, also the Netherlands has brought visa exemption for Turks under the Ankara Agreement signed in 1963.

PATRIOTIC-PERWER
Everything began with a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Sivan Perwer in Germany ten days ago. The Kurdish singer responded positively to the invitation of TRT-Ses, state-run channel broadcasting in Kurdish, which drew reactions of the terrorist organization PKK and the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP). However, the government backed Perwer. Arinc said, "Perwer is a great singer who misses his homeland. I condemn those who threaten our patriotic singer." Selahattin Demirtas of DTP said, "Kurdish singer Perwer was loved much with his songs, however he is now convicted with his policy."

HURRIYET
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MILITARY SHOULD GET RID OF ROTTEN EGGS, TURKISH MINISTER SAYS
Turkish State Minister Faruk Celik has said the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) must clean up its own house to eliminate any corrupt personnel within its ranks. "I believe that all of our public institutions, primarily the TSK, need to adapt to the post-Cold War era. The TSK must get rid of the rotten eggs if it has any, and I believe it has," Celik told reporters when responding to questions over ongoing probes into Ergenekon and Balyoz (Sledgehammer) cases.

DEPUTY PREMIER REACTS TO U.S. AMBASSADOR'S REMARKS
Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik of Justice and Development (AK) Party on Wednesday reacted to remarks made by U.S. Ambassador in Ankara, Francis Ricciardone, who had commented on the detention of journalists under an ongoing probe against an alleged plot to overthrow the government. "Ambassadors cannot meddle in our domestic affairs. They cannot design our internal politics," Huseyin Celik said.

TURKISH PREMIER TO MEET TURKISH CYPRIOT COUNTERPART
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to meet with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Irsen Kucuk in capital Ankara on Thursday. The meeting is the first high level contact after tensions were heightened between the two countries due to an anti-Turkey demonstration in the TRNC. The meeting will be held on the request of the Turkish Cypriot leadership.

MILLIYET
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DO NOT GO BEYOND YOUR AUTHORITIES
The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party strongly reacted to U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone's comment on Operation Balyoz (Sledgehammer) and raid on offices of news portal Odatv.com. On the other hand, Washington said the United States was backing the ambassador's remarks. Ricciardone had said the United States was watching the Operation Balyoz very closely, and it could not understand detention of journalists when Turkey was talking about freedom of press. Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik of AK Party said, "ambassadors cannot intervene in our internal affairs, they have limits. Neither the prime minister nor the president or the chief of general staff should make suggestions to the judiciary. Foreign mission chiefs do not have such an authority."
On the other hand, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley said the United States stood by ambassador's statement. "But as I say, we do have broad concerns about trends involving intimidations of journalists in Turkey," Crowley said. He also said, "Turkey is an ally and friend of the United States. But as we've made clear, anytime that we think that a friend or ally or adversary has crossed a line and ? in terms of respect for universal principles, we will not hesitate to raise our voice."

MEANINGFUL AWARD TO EMINE ERDOGAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spouse Emine Erdogan received "Prix de la Fondation" (award) from Switzerland-based Crans Montana Forum in Brussels. Fondation's President Jean-Paul Carteron said the award was granted to Emine Erdogan for the Kemalist reform in Turkey, secularism understanding that respected religion and other values, and for being the symbol of development by being loyal to traditions.

SABAH
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"WOMEN'S FREEDOM PASSES THROUGH DEMOCRACY"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spouse Emine Erdogan received "Prix de la Fondation" (award) from Crans Montana Forum in Brussels. Speaking at the award ceremony, Emine Erdogan said, "I dedicate this award to women of Turkey who are the pioneers of peace and freedom in their geography." Erdogan said fight for peace, freedom and democracy was hard, and even much more harder for women. "The struggle of women in Kabul, Baghdad, Tbilisi, Darfur, Cairo and Tunisia for peace and democracy is a struggle of honor, justice and existence," she said. Emine Erdogan also said, "rating democracy according to color or belief of people in this globalizing world means racism."

NOT ECHR BUT STATE GIVES IT BACK
Turkey has returned 96 properties to minority foundations under the new Foundations Law that entered into force three years ago. Among them is the "Selamet Han (Caravanserai) in Eminonu, Istanbul-- the ownership of which was under the authority of the Directorate General of Foundations since 1994.
Armenian businessman Kalust Gulbenkyan donated the building to Surp Pirgic Armenian Hospital Foundation in 1953. The foundation resorted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), however the court rejected the case.
Foundation's President Bedros Sirinoglu defined the new law as a reform, and said, "we have become real citizens not so-called citizens. We have applied to get back 19 properties including Zeytinburnu Stadium and we have received positive response for seven of them." Sirinoglu added that the caravanserai would be turned into a boutique hotel.

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