TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 3

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 3, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 3

TURKIYE
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ERDOGAN COMMENTS ON EGYPT: THERE IS NO TURNING BACK
Commenting on the developments in Egypt, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said objecting to public's will would be like trying to make a river flow the opposite way. "Everything that such river requires will happen sooner or later," he said.
Erdogan said Turkey had no intention to intervene in Egypt's domestic affairs, adding that Middle East had problems for decades and peoples of the countries in the region suffered the most.

TURKEY & KYRGYZSTAN TO LIFT VISAS
Prime Minister Erdogan noted that Turkey and Kyrgyzstan would mutually lift visa procedures until the end of the year. "European Union has a visa system called the 'Schengen'. We can start a similar procedure with our brother countries in the Middle East," Erdogan said.

ZAMAN
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FURNITURE PRODUCTION AT ITALIAN QUALITY BUT CHINESE PRICES
Turkey's furniture sector made exports worth 1.7 billion USD in 2010. An executive from the Turkish furniture sector said that furniture production in Turkey was at Italian quality standards but sold at Chinese prices.

KOC EXPORTS 1 MILLION REFRIGERATORS FROM FACTORY IN ROMANIA
Turkey's biggest family owned company, Koc Holding, is breaking records with investments overseas. Koc Holding exported one million refrigerators from its factory in Romania and earned 140 million euros in 2010.

YENI SAFAK
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WE WILL NOT WATCH FROM GRANDSTAND
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey did not have any intention to intervene in Egypt's internal affairs. "However, we will not watch the Middle East from grandstand either," he said. Erdogan commented on presidential system discussions in Turkey and said this system did not exclude the parliament. He said, "whatever the president says will not come true. Everything will be passed from both the house of representatives and the senate. However, we have not promised to include presidential system into the new constitution."

I COULD NOT SLEEP BECAUSE OF JOY
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev was very pleased with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to his country. Atambaev addressed Erdogan as "my elder brother Tayyip" and said, "I could not sleep because you were to visit my country." Kyrgyzstan and Turkey mutually lifted visa procedures.

 VATAN
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TEHRANS MIXED UP, USA ALARMED
A Turkish bank sent a high amount of foreign exchange to its branch on Ankara's Tehran Street. The United States, which thought that the money was sent to Iran, asked what that money was. However, it apologized when it learned the truth. This incident once more proved how close the United States was monitoring the monetary flow to Iran to prevent Iran from owning nuclear weapons.

NO SUCH DEATH
Defne Joy Foster, an energetic, sweet and lively TV star, was found dead in the house of her friend on Wednesday morning. The death reason will become clear after an autopsy. Foster was suffering from asthma. Defne Joy Foster will be laid to rest at Istanbul's Zincirlikuyu Cemetery on Thursday.

DINK FAMILY HAS SIX DEMANDS FROM GVT
Slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's wife Rakel and his family sent a letter to Turkey's foreign, interior and justice ministers and laid down their six demands. The demands are: 1- The relationship between public executives and suspect murderers should be searched. 2- The public executives who harmed evidence should be investigated. 3- Prosecutors should launch direct investigation. 4- Whether the murder was committed due to racist reasons should be searched. 5- The law regarding investigation of civil servants should be amended. 6- Freedom of expression should be ensured.

CUMHURIYET
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KILICDAROGLU: MIDEAST IMITATES TURKEY, AK PARTY IMITATES MIDEAST
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to Egyptian President Hosni Mobarak was "natural". "However, we expect Mr. Prime Minister to make the same call to Sudan's President as well," he said.
Kilicdaroglu also noted that his grade to the Turkish government's foreign policy would be 6 out of 10. "In fact, Turkey can be a role model for all the Islamic countries. People of these countries desire to become like us. However, our administrators imitate them," he said.

SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS WARNS AGAIN
Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals sent to the parliament its opinion regarding the bill envisaging the launching of new chambers within the supreme court and the Council of State. The court said the draft law was against the technique of law-making and the constitution, adding that increasing the number of members had nothing to do with the work load problem. "The bill does not have the basic qualifications required in a law such as generality, objectivity, arranging the future and public interest," the supreme court said.

RADIKAL
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6 GRADE POINTS TO JUSTICE & DEVELOPMENT PARTY FOR FOREIGN POLICY
The leader of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, announced the grade points he gave to the Justice and Development (AK) Party. For relations with the EU, Kilicdaroglu gave the AK Party 4 points. For foreign trade policies, Kilicdaroglu gave the AK Party 7 points. Thus, the average grade points the AK Party received from Kilicdaroglu was 6 points.

FINANCE MINISTRY IN HOT PURSUIT
Turkish Ministry of Finance will conduct tight tax inspections in 2011. The Finance Ministry will especially go over the taxes due by the owners of motor vehicles and homes.

HURRIYET
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WE WILL NOT WATCH FROM GRANDSTAND
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "the Middle East is facing problems for decades, and regional people are facing the agonies. We are not a country that can watch the Middle East from grandstand."
Speaking in Bishkek, Erdogan said, "we do not have any intention to intervene in Egypt's internal affairs. Opposing to the will of the nation is like turning the river into the opposite direction. Whatever that river requires will sooner or later happen."

VISA WITH KYRGYZSTAN LIFTED FOR UP TO 90 DAYS OF STAY
Turkey has signed an agreement with Kyrgyzstan to prolong stay in each other's territories without any visa to 90 days from 30 days. Two countries will totally lift visa procedures till the end of the year.

POSE OF JOY IN THE ALPS
Turkish businessman Cem Uzan, against whom Turkey has filed a 170 billion USD of lawsuit and who seeks political asylum from France, is having a vacation together with his girlfriend Derin Mermerci at Courchevel, the skiing resort of France in the Alps.

MILLIYET
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NO VISA TO BOLIVIA, WHY TO US?
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the European Union's contradictory visa procedures during his visit to Kyrgyzstan. "It is interesting that EU does not require visas from Brazil and Bolivia. What kind of connection do Brazil, Bolivia or Paraguay have with the union? We are a candidate country and still we are not given the Schengen opportunity," Erdogan said.
EU does not really demand visas from the citizens of 42 countries including Nicaragua, Venezuela, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Honduras.

ASSASSINATION WARNING TO BAHCELI
The Turkish Police Department released a warning that Nationalist Movement Party (CHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli and deputy group chairman Oktay Vural's names were included in the assassination list of terrorist organization DHKP-C. Upon such development, Bahceli's bodyguards were summoned to Ankara Police Department. Officials said that very tight security measures would be taken to protect Bahceli in the upcoming days.

SABAH
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GUL: TRANSITION PERIOD MUST BE SHORT
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in reference to the developments in Egypt, said that the transition period must be short and must take place by taking into consideration the will and desire of the Egyptian people. "Egypt's security and stability are crucial. The shorter the transition period the better it will be for all in Egypt," Gul said.

NIGERIA CALLS ON TURKISH BUSINESSPEOPLE FOR COOPERATION IN ENERGY SECTOR
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said that their economy was going through a liberalization process and that Turkish businesspeople could assume crucial roles in the Nigerian economy. Jonathan said that Nigeria had rich reserves of oil and natural gas and that Turkish businesspeople could cooperate with the Nigerian government in the energy sector.

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