TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 24, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 24

TURKIYE
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3,000 TURKS RESCUED THIS WAY
Turkey has carried out the biggest evacuation operation in recent years. Orhan Gazi and Osman Gazi ferryboats anchored at Libya's Benghazi port and brought 3,000 Turks back to homeland. Thirty foreigners were brought to Turkey from Libya.

THEY WILL MEET IN GERMANY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate a fair together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for whom he has said, "she does not know about history."

ZAMAN
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21 COUNTRIES ASK FOR TURKEY'S HELP IN LIBYA
Ankara evacuated more than 5,000 Turkish citizens from Libya in 72 hours after recent public unrest in that country. 3,000 Turks have been brought to Turkey in two separate ferryboats on Wednesday. Hundreds of Turkish citizens are being brought to Turkey in passenger jets. 21 countries, including the United States, Germany and China, have asked for Turkey's help in evacuating their nationals from Libya. Turkish ships going to Libya will carry medicines and food items for Libyans.

MALAYSIA OFFERS TURKEY JOINT PRODUCTION OF CARS
Malaysia, which entered the Turkish automotive market with the brand "Proton" 14 years ago, has offered Turkey the joint production of cars. Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak said that "Malaysia had an important infrastructure for automobiles and that Turkey was highly strong in the auto market". We can work with Turkey for the joint production of cars, Razak stressed.

YENI SAFAK
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JOY OF RESCUE
In the biggest evacuation operation of the Republican history, more than 5,000 people were brought to Turkey in 72 hours. Orhan Gazi-1 and Osman Gazi-1 ferryboats came to Benghazi Port to take 3,000 Turkish citizens.
Two ferryboats later came to Marmaris Port. A seriously injured passenger was taken under control by health teams. Planes that landed at Istanbul brought more than 300 Turkish citizens to Turkey from the crisis region.

2013 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES TO BE PLAYED IN MERSIN
Southern province of Mersin won the voting electing the country that would host 2013 Mediterranean Games.
Mediterranean Games is the organization which include the highest number of branches after the Olympic Games.
Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in the Mediterranean Games.

VATAN
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ESCAPE FROM BENGHAZI
The biggest rescue operation in the Turkish history has been made from Libya. More than 5,000 people were brought by ferryboats and planes.
1,516 people, 30 of them foreigners, who fled from the hell, came to Marmaris by "Orhan Gazi" ferryboat. Six of those brought to Turkey were hospitalized. The passengers who were brought to hotels will later be sent wherever they want free of charge.

VISA ARGUMENT
Justice and home affairs ministers of European Union (EU) member states will discuss readmission agreement with Turkey today. Six countries including Italy, Britain and Spain give support to Turkey. Merkel and Sarkozy oppose.
Turkey and EU have been bargaining for "readmission agreement" for a long time.
Ankara asked for visa facility to its citizens in return for affirming the agreement envisaging extradition of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak into EU countries via its territories.
Italy, Britain, Spain, Poland, Sweden, and Finland shed green light to request of Ankara.
Germany and France made veto threats as they always did. The meeting will be held today. Turkey will not sign the agreement if visa facility can not be ensured with the EU.

CUMHURIYET
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LIBYA CAUSES PRICE HIKE FOR GAS IN TURKEY
Prices of gas in Turkey went up after the recent incidents in Libya. A litre of gas is now selling for 1.90 euros in Turkey, the highest figure among all other EU countries.

"WE ARE STRANDED IN DESERT"
Turkish workers, whose construction sites have been looted by Libyans, have been left helpless in Libya. The Turkish workers have come together in camps and are sharing food items. "Ships and airplanes are 1,000 kilometers away. There are looters among us. We have been stranded in the desert," the workers said.

RADIKAL
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PLUCK PANIC IN IMPORTED MEAT
Agriculture Ministry has demanded that plunk of imported livestock should be buried as it was risky to eat it. The circular caused mad cow panic. According to experts, plunk warning points to mad cow disease.

165,000 DOCUMENTS IN HANDS OF SPIES
According to military espionage indictment at the Istanbul Criminal Court No:11, gangs have learned state secrets. The classified documents that needed to be preserved in cosmic room were sold to foreigners. Retired colonel Ibrahim Sezer is the leader of the espionage gang. The gang has instructed that the projects like Heron should be halted or at least slowed down. The General Staff, backing the trial process, has launched a separate investigation regarding the espionage claims. The General Staff has accepted that the classified documents belonged to it. Judges can see the documents, sealed as a state secret, only with the consent of the army. 

HURRIYET
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ESCAPE FROM HELL
Escape from hell in Libya by planes, ships and highway continues. Emre, a construction worker from the northern Turkish province of Trabzon, was a victim of a sniper. Orhan Gazi and Osman Gazi ferryboats brought 3,000 Turks to the Aegean town of Marmaris last night.
Orhangazi-1 ferryboat carrying 1,486 Turks and 30 foreigners anchored at Marmaris Port at 11:44 p.m. last night. Six passengers were hospitalized as they suffered from some health problems.
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim and Health Minister Recep Akdag welcomed the passengers. Two hours later Osmangazi ferryboat approached the port.

VICTIM OF SNIPER
27-year-old Yunus Emre Celik, who was crane operator in a company in Tripoli, was preparing to return to Turkey. He was shot to death by a long-range weapon as he got out of the crane.

MILLIYET
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WAS IT SNIPER THAT HIT HIM?
27-year-old Yunus Emre Celik who went to Tripoli to work three months ago became the first Turkish victim of the incidents in Libya. Killing of Celik when he got on the crane to control the construction site reminded snipers in Libya.
Celik had called his mother two days ago and said, "the situation is not good here. May be I can not call you again."

RETURN TO HOME
Two ferryboats brought Turkish citizens from Benghazi to Marmaris. 3,000 people were brought to Turkey by ferryboats. As planes are bringing hundreds of passengers to Istanbul and Antalya, two giant ferryboats made the biggest evacuation.
The ferryboats brought nearly 3,000 people.
Onur Eren Caliskan, who was born 10 days ago, was the youngest of the passengers who came to Marmaris.

SABAH
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"ZERO MISTAKE" OPERATION
The evacuation of Turkish citizens from Libya began with the directive of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In his directive, Erdogan said that he wanted an evacuation with "zero mistake". Erdogan ordered the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to provide all assistance possible in evacuating Turkish citizens from Libya. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they were conducting the biggest evacuation of Turkish citizens in the history of the Republic of Turkey. "We brought 5,099 people from Libya to Turkey in 72 hours. 21 countries made a request to Turkey to help evacuate their citizens from Libya," Davutoglu said.

MERSIN TO HOST 2013 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
Turkey will host another major sports event in 2013 after hosting the Winter Universiade earlier in 2011. Turkey's southern province of Mersin will host the 2013 Mediterranean Games. Mersin competed against Libyan city of Tripoli and Spanish city of Tarragone and won the right to host the 2013 Mediterranean Games on Wednesday.

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