TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 21

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 21, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 21

TURKIYE
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NATION WILL DECIDE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said those who could not accept democracy accused the government of dictatorship. Erdogan said, "the more the nation won, they lost. That happy minority see they lost sovereignty. They are trying to wear us down by spreading fear because they can not compete with us in giving service."

WE NEGLECTED KURDS
Sezgin Tanrikulu of the Republican People's Party (CHP), who was the originator of meetings carried out for solution of Kurdish problem, said, "we kept far away from Kurds both in statements and in contact. In return for this, rate of our vote receded. However, we are in Kurdish problem from know on."

ZAMAN
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GIANT COMPANIES READY FOR INVESTMENTS
Turkish companies have recovered from impacts of the global financial crisis successfully while international companies have suffered heavy loss. Turkish companies are getting ready to make giant investments in 2011. Zorlu Group operating in the sectors of electronics, textiles, energy, real property and mining, allocated some 1.2 billion USD for new investments in 2011.

NEW RECORD FROM MUSEUMS
Museums have drawn a record number of visitors in 2010. More than 26 million Turkish and foreign tourists visited the museums across Turkey. Istanbul's Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia, the Mevlana Museum in the central province of Konya and the ancient city of Ephesus in the western province of Izmir were the places drawing the highest number of visitors.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKEY RECOVERS FROM CRISIS
Turkey has succeeded in growing by an average of 7.8 percent each year under the political power of the Justice and Development (AK) Party. National income per capita increased fivefold. Budgetary income increased to 245 billion TL in 2010 from 75 billion TL in 2002.

TAKSIM TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas has said that landscaping works would begin in the megacity's Taksim square in June. "The square will be closed to traffic. We will build underground ways to resolve the traffic problem," he said.

VATAN
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AP'S INTERESTING POLL
The Associated Press-GfK has conducted a poll on attitudes and opinions of Turks. It is based on a national random sample of 1,200 Turks age 18 and older in 48 different provinces in November and December. Accordingly, about 54 percent of the Turkish public has a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. About half of Turks see a high level of economic growth as extremely important as a goal for their country. Beyond the economy, terrorism rises as another widespread concern, with 66 percent calling it an extremely serious problem. The poll revealed that half of Turks support their country's accession into the European Union.

KILICDAROGLU: EDUCATION IN MOTHER TONGUE IS DIFFICULT FOR TODAY
The head of the main opposition party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu attended his political party's meeting in the southeastern province of Van. "We need to change people's negative perception about the Republican People's Party (CHP) in the region. Education in mother tongue is part of the human rights. But it is not a problem that can be resolved in Turkey today," he said.

CUMHURIYET
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I WILL RESIGN IF WE BECOME THE SECOND PARTY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the opposition parties that, "if people believe in you, they will do whatever necessary. If they don't believe in you, will you be able to do whatever necessary? I am saying, I will quit leadership if my party becomes the second party during June 12 elections."
Prime Minister Erdogan asked the opposition leaders if they would do the same under the same conditions.

RANSOM DEMANDED FOR TURKS ABDUCTED IN KIRKUK
Ransom was demanded for three Turkish citizens who were abducted on February 15. In an announcement thrown to streets of Kirkuk, it was stated that three Turkish citizens were abducted as Turkey supported Turkmens in a clash regarding a land in Besir village of Kirkuk. Three arabs died and five Turkmens were injured in the clash that erupted.
A broad scale operation is underway to rescue the Turkish citizens.

RADIKAL
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THEY ALSO ARRESTED TURKS
7,000 Turkish citizens who are in the area of clash in Libya, are the target of both the looters and the troops. Turks said planes evacuating people were not adequate and urgently asked for ship.
It was also stated that there were Turkish citizens among those who were arrested on charges of inciting riot.

6.2 BILLION LIRA SUPPORT TO FARMERS
Agriculture Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker said 6.2 billion lira support payment would be made to farmers this year. Eker said, "more than 90 percent part of this payment will be made till June."
Eker said organic animal breeding implementation would start this year, "more than 50 percent of support to animal breeding will be made as support to organic animal breeding," he said. 

HURRIYET
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WHO ARE THOSE TURKS?
Libyan authorities have claimed that some foreign circles supported by Israel had triggered the chaos in the country and there were Turks among them. The Turkish Embassy in Tripoli asked Libyan authorities about identities of those Turks. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi about evacuation of Turkish citizens from the country.

FINAL DECISION FOR ELECTION
The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party will take the first step for the upcoming parliamentary election. A draft about the election will be submitted to the parliament today. The draft will be debated by the relevant commission on February 24. It is expected to be brought onto the parliamentary agenda on March 1.

MILLIYET
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I WILL QUIT IF I LOSE, WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who spoke to journalists at the opening of a shopping mall in Istanbul on Sunday accused opposition leaders of not leaving their chairs and made a call. Erdogan said, "if my party becomes the second in June 12 elections, I will leave leadership. Will you be able to say you will also quit? Leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli quit leadership for 8 months and returned on the 9th month."

SECOND TURK WALKING TOWARDS SUMMIT OF COLA
Ahmet Bozer is the top name in the unit of Coca Cola in Eurasia-Africa region where three billion people live. Muhtar Kent is the CEO of Coca Cola. Bozer said his biggest success was to rise rate of women administrators to 73 percent.

SABAH
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GIANT INVESTMENTS IN 2011
Turkey's leading companies are getting ready to make giant investments in 2011. Five giant companies will make investments worth of 3 billion USD. Zorlu group allocated 1.2 billion USD while Calik Holding allocated 700 million USD, Anadolu Group 500 million USD and Borusan 400 million USD for their investments in 2011.

ALERT AT FOREIGN MINISTRY
Prior to his departure for Tunisia later today, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held an emergency meeting with his aides about the recent incidents in Libya. They discussed measures to be taken for evacuation of nearly 25 thousand Turkish citizens from this country and impacts of a likely change of regime in north African nation.

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