TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 23

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 23, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 23

TURKIYE
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WOMEN'S ROLE INCREASING IN TURKEY
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan said that Turkey was emerging both in the region and in global scale. She added that women in Turkey removed historical prejudices one by one, and started to play more effective roles in politics.

BIGGEST EVACUATION OPERATION
The biggest evacuation operation ever is being held to bring Turkish citizens from Libya back to Turkey. Citizens are being carried by planes in the air, and by ferries in the sea. Two ferries, which took Turks from Benghazi, are also returning to Turkey.

ZAMAN
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GREAT ESCAPE FROM LIBYA
Foreigners who have been trapped in the middle of the clashes in Libya are trying to escape. Two of the Turkish ferries sent to Libya arrived in Benghazi yesterday. Nearly 20 countries, which are trying to save their tens of thousands of citizens, asked for Ankara's help. In the meantime, two war ships that rejected Gaddafi's order to hit Benghazi have taken refuge in Malta.

SHE CARRIES PAIN OF WOMEN IN GAZA TO UN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan addressed a session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women as an honorary guest. Erdogan told during the gathering that she had seen women in tears in Gaza whose children had been killed with phosphorus bombs.

YENI SAFAK
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EVACUATION FROM LIBYA
Two Turkish ferries of IDO (Istanbul Ferry Services) and two ships will serve for evacuation of 25,000 Turkish nationals from Libya. Ferry boats and ships will bring Turkish people from Libya to southwestern town of Fethiye. Another ferry of the navy also set sail for Libya.

EMINE ERDOGAN ON WOMEN'S TRAGEDY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan addressed the 55th session of UN Commission on the Status of Women as an honorary guest in New York. Erdogan talked about tragedy of mothers in Gaza, Bosnia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Her speech was admired by participants of the UN session.

VATAN
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RUNAWAY FROM HELL
Turkish Airlines (THY) and Istanbul Ferry Services (IDO) cooperated for evacuation of 4,000 Turkish citizens who were trapped in Libya. Two more ships were sent to the region. Turks, who returned to Turkey by plane, told about the terrifying hours: "Our work-sites were raided. They arrested Turks who recorded the scenes with their cell phones. We ate biscuits. 10,000 people are waiting in airport." Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek briefed main opposition Republican People's Party Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu regarding the condition of Turks in Libya.

600 MLN USD OF PARS TO MALAYSIA
Turkey's biggest export contract was signed between FNSS Defense Systems Corp. and Malaysia. Turkey's Nurol Holding is the principal partner of FNSS which will produce 257 Turkish-made Pars 8x8 armoured combat vehicles for Malaysian army in return for 600 million USD.

CUMHURIYET
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BIG ESCAPE
Foreigners are seeking ways to escape from Libya as the country's leader Gaddafi is violently killing the protesters. Nearly 25,000 Turks are currently waiting to be saved in Libya which is on the verge of a civil war. More than 2,000 Turkish citizens have been brought back to Turkey so far. Citizens have been transferred to Egypt's Alexandria airport via land route. The number of ships sent to bring back the citizens has been increased to 5 and a military vessel has also departed for Libya. Officials said 6,000 people could be transferred to Turkey each day once problems at ports and airports were solved.

SAVING LIVES IN LIBYA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been criticized for remaining silent about the developments in Libya, said that Turkey's priority was to bring back its citizens in this country. "Trying to draw political advantages from the situation in Libya would be an act of opportunism," he said. Erdogan also noted that Turkey's biggest concern was to save the lives of its citizens.

RADIKAL
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TURKEY TRIES TO EVACUATE ITS NATIONALS FROM LIBYA
Turkey is working really hard to evacuate its nationals from Libya. State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said that 2,100 Turkish citizens were brought back to Turkey from Libya as anti-Gaddafi protests rocked the north African nation. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they have received no report of casualties from Turkish citizens there. Davutoglu said that they developed a comprehensive strategy for evacuation of Turkish nationals from Libya.

KILICDAROGLU SAYS PEOPLE UNDER PRESSURE
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that the people were under pressure. Delivering a speech at his party's parliamentary group meeting, Kilicdaroglu said that the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party regarded the state as a tool of pressure. 

HURRIYET
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I'M READY, IF YOU NEED HELP
German President Christian Wulff sent a thank-you letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gul who helped the release of two German journalists arrested in Iran. Wulff said in his letter, "you made a great help to Germany. I'm ready to do my best, if Turkey needs help some day. I'm grateful for your friendship and help."

NO TURKS KILLED OR WOUNDED
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that no Turkish citizen had been killed or wounded in Libya till noon on Tuesday. "We are evaluating all options for evacuation of Turks," he noted. Also, Samsun ferry departed from Turkey for evacuation of Turks.

ONE, WHO SEES HIS PEOPLE AS ENEMY, GOES AWAY
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a message to Muammar Gaddafi and said, "one, who sees his people as enemy and threat, cannot stand. An administration, which uses violence, cannot maintain its route."

MILLIYET
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EVACUATION FROM LIBYA
Turkish government which launched initiatives to rescue Turkish nationals in Libya makes the biggest evacuation operation. 2,100 people were brought by planes via Tripoli to Turkey on Tuesday evening. Two Turkish ferries arrived in Libyan city of Benghazi to bring back Turkish nationals. The ferries, Osman Gazi-1 and Orhan Gazi-1, will take 3,000 Turkish people to Marmaris port in western Turkey.

"WE HAVE TROUBLES WITH TURKEY"
The second president Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) claimed that Turkey and TRNC had serious problems and this was the first time in their history. "We have some troubles with Turkey. Our people living in Turkey don't want to say that they are from TRNC. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made harsh statements regarding Turkish Cypriots," Talat said.

SABAH
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WE BOTH PROTECT BENEFITS AND HEAR SCREAMS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the developments in Libya. "We will neither ignore screams of our brother nations, nor harm Turkey's benefits," he said.
Speaking at his party's group meeting, Erdogan said, "The Turkish state is doing what needs to be done under these circumstances". The premier also noted that it would be an opportunist act to try to draw political advantages from the sensitive situation in Libya.

MRS. ERDOGAN INTRODUCES TURKISH WOMEN TO UN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan addressed a session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women as an honorary guest. Erdogan briefed the participants of the meeting on Turkish women's struggle for equality and an active role in the economic and political arena.

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