TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 19

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 19, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 19

TURKIYE
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THREE SURVEYS: AK PARTY'S VOTES AROUND 48 P.C.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asks three companies to conduct surveys about the recent political preferences in Turkey every 15 days. According to the results of the recent surveys, votes of ruling Justice & Development (AK) are around 48 percent. Votes of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is around 25 percent, and those of the other opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are around 11 percent.

PRIME MINISTER SHOWS ADDRESS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to the CHP leader who asked where the Ergenekon organization was as he wanted to become a member. Erdogan said, "go to the Department No:2 of the Council of State, and you will find the traces of the organization you are seeking."

TRNC PRIME MINISTER: WE CANNOT GET SEPARATED
Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said ice between TRNC and motherland Turkey had melted. Kucuk said, "banners opened during a demonstration in TRNC drew reactions in our country." Meeting Turkey's State Minister for the European Union (EU) and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, Kucuk said, "Turkey is the biggest guarantee of Turkish Cypriot people. Contributions to TRNC have increased during AK Party government. Ankara continues its support to our national cause."

ZAMAN
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ERGENEKON WOULD BE TRIED IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD
U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, whose remarks after Soner Yalcin's detention drew reactions, said that he could not act as a party on a matter that was carried to court. However, Ricciardone was clear about Ergenekon case. Noting that the allegations regarding the case were serious, the ambassador said such a development would be brought to justice in any part of the world, adding that it would be more convincing if the judicial process was short and transparent.

GERMAN AMBASSADOR: ERGENEKON CASE TO STRENGTHEN STATE OF LAW
German ambassador in Ankara Eckart Cuntz said that the reforms conducted within the scope of adhesion to the EU were beneficial for both Turkey and Europe. Cuntz also said that Ergenekon case was an opportunity to strengthen the confidence in democratic institutions and state of law.

YENI SAFAK
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IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ERGENEKON, LOOK AT COUNCIL OF STATE
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed the address to Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, after the opposition leader's recent statements in which he asked where Ergenekon was and said he would become a member of the organization. Recalling the bloody Council of State attack of 2006, Erdogan said, "Go to the 2nd Chamber of Council of State, there you will find the organization you are looking for".

STAFF READY, GIVE ME HALK TV
It has been revealed that Soner Yalcin, who has been detained on the charge of "being a member of Ergenekon", had sent a letter to Republican People's Party's (CHP) Communication Coordinator Baki Ozilhan and wanted Halk TV. Yalcin, who claimed in his letter that he had reached agreements with writers such as Emin Colasan, Mustafa Mutlu, Sedat Ergin, Ruhat Mengi, Nihat Genc and Nuray Mert, also promised that he would support CHP in the upcoming elections.

VATAN
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"HIS TREATMENT WAS INADEQUATE"
The investigation into Ergenekon terrorist organization has been broadened so that it covered the times when former prime minister Bulent Ecevit received treatment at the Baskent University Hospital. According to a report of the Forensic Medicine Institute, Ecevit was admitted to the Baskent University Hospital between May 17 to 27, 2002 for a rib fracture and Parkinson's disease. The report said there was negligence in Ecevit's treatment. The Forensic Medicine said Ecevit's rib fracture was treated fully but Parkinson's disease treatment was inadequate. Bulent Ecevit's spouse Rahsan Ecevit took the former prime minister home when his disease was at the severest level, and Bulent Ecevit got well and returned to his office shortly after he went home. Professor Mehmet Haberal is the chief doctor of the Baskent University Hospital.

EVERY CITIZEN'S LIVING STYLE IS OUR OWN HONOR
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to criticisms of "fear emperor" as "every citizen's living style is our own honor". Erdogan said, "we are trying to understand concerns and fears of everybody."

"THEY WERE ARRESTED WITH ILLICIT EVIDENCE"
OdaTV's owner Soner Yalcin and two administrators of the TV channel were arrested early on Friday. Lawyers claimed that a file loaded on OdaTV computer led to the arrest of the administrators. Lawyer Huseyin Ersoz said, "a virus file was sent to the computer, and the prosecutor's office showed this file regarding Ergenekon as an evidence. We have investigated, and explained that it was a virus file. The judge said, 'it is a technical issue and you will explain it when you object' and arrested them."

CUMHURIYET
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VISIT OF HIGHEST LEVEL
General Staff Chief Gen. Isik Kosaner, Naval Forces Commander Ugur Yigit and First Army Commander Hayri Kivrikoglu visited the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case suspects at Hasdal Military Prison. The visit lasted for almost 3.5 hours. Numerous generals and admirals are currently kept at Hasdal.

ORDER FOR MARCH 2
The Turkish Cypriot delegation which held talks in the Turkish capital of Ankara was advised "to implement the economic package in order not to face any disruption in aids". The Turkish Cypriot officials were also requested not to allow the demonstration to be held on March 2 to be turned into an anti-Turkey protest.

RADIKAL
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ASK ERGENEKON TO DERSIM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who commented on raid on OdaTV, said the media used to headline stories under instruction until eight years ago, however it was free today. Erdogan said the sensitivity showed about OdaTV's owner Soner Yalcin was not showed to PKK's assassination target Mehmet Metiner. Responding to Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's question where the Ergenekon organization was, Erdogan said, "ask your relatives in Dersim, they will explain it to you."

ARE 233 BULLETS NOT INEVITABLE?
Two villagers who were collecting thyme in Cardak Plateau in the southern province of Hatay were killed due to a fire opened by soldiers in the morning of June 28, 2010. They were killed just because they were thought to be terrorist organization PKK members, and the prosecutor's office said, "the mistake is inevitable." The Hatay Prosecutor's Office prepared an indictment in which it said the clothes and behaviors of the villagers resembled "PKK militants". For the 233 bullets used by soldiers against the villagers who were 40 meters away from them, the prosecutor's office said, "they can make a mistake." The office said, "nobody can be punished for fulfilling the provisions of laws." The prosecutors demanded the court to try three of the soldiers on charges of "killing by negligence." If the court find the demand appropriate, soldiers will not be punished.

HURRIYET
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BANK AFTER MR. NIYAZI
Niyazi Aydogan, the owner of Turkuaz Airlines which has bankrupted, divorced from his wife whom he transferred his 42 immovable properties, in three days. After this development, Bank Asya filed a lawsuit against Aydogan regarding its receivables from Aydogan worth 13.5 million Turkish liras (TL).

THIS IS CALLED INEXPERIENCED DIPLOMACY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized remarks of U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone regarding freedom of press. Erdogan said, "he does not know about Turkey, what is what in Turkey, what laws Turkey has passed, and he is unaware of all these things, and then he is trapped and plotted and he makes a statement." Erdogan also said, "first search and learn. This is called inexperienced diplomacy."

SURPRISE VISIT TO HASDAL TO BOOST MORALE
Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner and force commanders paid a visit to 102 officers, including 24 generals and admirals who were sent to Hasdal Prison after being arrested in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case. This visit was interpreted as "a message of morale and solidarity."

MILLIYET
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AMATEUR AMBASSADOR
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted harshly to U.S. ambassador Francis Ricciardone's recent remarks in which the diplomat said he could not comprehend the detentions in Balyoz case and at Oda TV. "You should first make a research and get information about the issue. This is an amateur stance for an ambassador," Erdogan said.

44 MINUTES BEFORE THE NIGHTMARE
It has been revealed that a significant seismic movement and noise started under the ground 44 minutes before the earthquake took place in Golcuk on August 17, 1999. Turkish and French researchers have found out that there had been a movement in the fault lines 44 minutes before the quake was felt above ground level. Thanks to such data, an early warning system could be developed in order to determine major earthquakes beforehand, officials said.

SABAH
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41 TIMES BRIBERY
Sabah daily newspaper learned about the details of the bribery operation at the Customs Department. The hidden camera placed in the office of Hayrettin Eker, the cargo director of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, indicated how bribes were taken. Representatives of firms called Eker as "Godfather", and the camera recorded Eker getting bribes for 41 times. When Eker was arrested, there was 7,000 USD and 6,000 Turkish liras (TL) in his pocket.

"GO TO COUNCIL OF STATE, SEE THE ORGANIZATION YOU ARE SEEKING"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who said, "where is the Ergenekon organization? I will become a member." Erdogan showed the address to Kilicdaroglu saying, "go to the Department No: 2 of the Council of State, you will see it there. Go to Diyarbakir, Sivas, Corum and you will find what you are seeking. Go to Dersim, your relatives will explain it to you."

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