TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 6

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 6, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 6

TURKIYE
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DAM TO BE JOINTLY CONSTRUCTED BY TURKEY AND SYRIA
"Zero problem" policy of Turkey with its neighboring countries continued to yield fruitful results. Turkey will construct a dam jointly with Syria on River Asi. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will lay the foundation of the dam. The dam project will cost 45 million Turkish lira (TL). The dam will be used for irrigation and energy generation.

INDIAN COMPANY TO COME TO TURKEY WITH $5 BLN
Indian Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Indian Oil (IOC), which is one of the biggest oil companies in India and the world, was planing to construct a refinery in Turkey with an investment of 5 billion U.S. dollars. The company also wants to prospect oil and natural gas in Turkey with a Turkish partner.

ZAMAN
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ERDOGAN LISTENS TO SATURDAY MOTHERS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with "Saturday Mothers" who have gathered in front of Galatasaray High School in Istanbul every Saturday at midday to find their disappeared sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, brothers. The group told Erdogan that a commission should be established to search disappearances. The mothers also presented a report to Premier Erdogan. Erdogan said that works have been under way to find their disappeared relatives.

NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON RISE
State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMI) President Orhan Birdal has said the number of air travels have been on rise. "The number of passengers which was 33 million in 2002 increased to 103 million in 2010," Birdal said. In January 2011, a total of 6,330,349 passengers flew from domestic and international terminals in Turkey.

YENI SAFAK
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SATURDAY MOMS AT DOLMABAHCE
"Saturday Moms" who has been staging protests for 306 weeks to find their missing relatives, seized the opportunity to voice their problem directly to a Prime Minister, for the first time. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received the relatives of missing people and victims of unidentified murders. Berfo Kirbayir, the 103 year old mother of Cemil Kirbayir who went missing during the September 12 coup, was among those who visited Erdogan in his office in Dolmabahce. The "Saturday Moms" presented a file to Erdogan listing their demands. Erdogan who listened to the demands of the mothers said they prevented unidentified murders in the last 8 years, expressing the government's determination to deal with this problem. He said they would do whatever its took to ease of pain of the families of missing people.

U.S. LOOKING FOR A NEW PUPPET
The U.S. which is paying attention to stand close to the people of Egypt who is rebelling against the Pharaoh, is looking for a new puppet administration behind the scenes. U.S. President Barack Obama's Special Envoy Frank Wisner said Honsi Mobarak whom the people of Egypt wants gone, should stay in power for some more time. Wisner said Mubarak should not step down until a new mild government that respects the agreements signed with Israel was established, signalling a new puppet administration.

VATAN
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RIDVAN DILMEN HAS HEART ATTACK
Former soccer player and soccer commentator Ridvan Dilmen had heart attack on Saturday. Dilmen had heart spasm when he was playing soccer yesterday. He was hospitalized and underwent a coronary angiography. Doctors said that a stent was put in his artery and he was under medical control at intensive care unit.

OMER DINCER ON BLASTS IN ANKARA
In regard to the two blasts at industrial zone OSTIM in Ankara that killed 18 people, Labor and Social Security Minister Omer Dincer said that there was need for more improvement in regard to occupational health and safety in the country. "It is impossible to inspect 1,300,000 enterprises with 400 inspectors annually. People should be more conscious on the matter," he said.

CUMHURIYET
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COLLOBORATION FOR ELECTION CREDIBILITY
Republican People's Party, already rolled up sleeves for working to ensure election credibility, a topic which CHP has been mostly criticised for. CHP Leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said there has been serious doubts over the credibility of the last elections, vowing to work in close collaboration with civil organizations to make sure that elections are conducted free of fix or fraud. Kilicdaroglu said they were working on a SMS system that would allow the party to raise funds for the elections with donations from citizens.

MINISTER NOTICES 'UNSAFETY" JUST NOW
Minister of Labor and Social Security Omer Dincer said a thorough analysis of the possible causes of the explosions in OSTIM and Ivedik industry zones were not completed yet, adding however that they detected some job safety and health hazard problems. Dincer said they would check the licenses and job safety records of the businesses in these zones and would not show any mercy. Dincer said families of the victims would receive pensions from the government.

RADIKAL
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ERDOGAN SAYS HE WAS TORTURED IN PRISON
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saturday in Istanbul with "Saturday Moms", a group of activist mothers, who has been staging protests in Taksim on Saturdays to find their "missing children". Mothers told Erdogan that they were getting old, and all they wanted was to burry their children. Erdogan told the mothers that he was tortured when he was arrested in 1979.

GRAVE ALLEGATIONS
The indictment of the Revolutionary Headquarters case which makes reference to alleged handwritings of former police chief Hanefi Avci, includes some striking allegations. Hand written notes were found near the tapes that were allegedly found in Avci's office. The content of the notes which allegedly belong to Avci overlap with the content of the tapes. The notes are attached to the indictment of the Revolutionary Headquarters case, under which Avci is facing 49 years in prison.

HURRIYET
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PERFECT STORM WON'T STOP
In an historic address to the Security conference in Germany, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: "Middle East is facing a perfect storm of uprisings. Leaders of the region should start democratic reforms at once without risking greater instability.
Latest U.S. plan urges Hosni Mabarak to resign, hand over the Presidency to his vice President Omar Suleiman and either retire to his summer house in Sharm el-Seikh, or go to Germany under the pretext of routine health controls.

PRESIDENCY SYSTEM SHOULD BE CARRIED TO REFERENDUM, KUZU
Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Constitution, Ak Party lawmaker Burhan Kuzu said, "whoever comes, the presidential system should be put to public vote even if it is adopted unanimously at the parliament."

MILLIYET
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TURKISH CYPRIOTS ANGRY AT ERDOGAN
Turkish Cypriots reacted to statements by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said regarding protests in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) that "who do you [Turkish Cypriots] think you are?" Erdogan said that Turkish Cypriots, who were "fed and maintained by Turkey", had no right to hold such protests. TRNC President Dervis Eroglu said that remarks by Erdogan upset Turkish Cypriots.

RIDVAN DILMEN HAS HEART ATTACK
Former soccer player Ridvan Dilmen had heart attack on Saturday. Dilmen who had heart spasm when he was playing soccer with his friends was hospitalized. A stent was put in his artery at Acibadem Hospital. Doctors said that he was in good condition now.

SABAH
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700,000 TL FROM AGAOGLU
Agaoglu Group provided 700,000 Turkish lira (TL) to the Istanbul Fashion Week as the sponsor. Ali Agaoglu, president of Agaoglu Group, said that he would do what he could to make Istanbul a fashion capital. Agaoglu said that it was an investment to an important brand, Istanbul.

DAVUTOGLU MEETS WITH CLINTON
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the 47th Munich Security Conference. Davutoglu told Clinton that statements made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the recent developments in Egypt aimed at helping the transition period in Egypt. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Erdogan by phone to discuss upheaval in Egypt. White House said in its statement that the two leaders discussed the unfolding events in Egypt, and their shared commitment to a future that realizes the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

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