TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 7

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 7, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 7

TURKIYE
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BORDERLESS FRIENDSHIP
Turkey and Syria have laid foundation of the Friendship Dam to be built jointly on the River Asi. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the ground-breaking ceremony that a new border crossing would be opened between the two countries in the coming months. "Turkey and Syria are also planning to a open a joint bank. We will accelerate efforts to finalize the high speed railway from Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep to Syrian city of Aleppo," he said.

NEW YORK TIMES OFFERS TURKEY MODEL
USA's distinguished daily, the New York Times, commented that as Egypt struggled to reinvent itself, many experts in the region said that it might look to Turkey for some valuable lessons. The daily described Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the most influential figure in the Middle East.

ZAMAN
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ECHR ALSO COMPLAINS ABOUT HIGH JURISDICTION'S SLOWNESS
Turkey, which was once on the agenda of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) due to torture claims, is now an issue due to the problems stemming from the slowness of the Turkish judiciary system. The number of complaints filed against Turkey regarding "long trial periods" was only 3 in 2003, while such figure has risen to 83 in 2010. Commenting on the matter, ECHR's Turkish judge Ayse Isil Karakas said, "despite all these reforms, nothing goes well. I believe jurisdiction is the responsible party".

OUR BROTHERS' PROBLEMS ARE OUR PROBLEMS AS WELL, ERDOGAN
As countries in the Middle East, particularly Egypt and Tunisia, are going through historical days, Turkey and Syria took a meaningful step. Turkish and Syrian prime ministers attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the "Friendship Dam" to be jointly constructed by their countries on River Asi. Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described peoples of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and the whole region as "brothers". "Your problems are our problems as well," Erdogan said.

YENI SAFAK
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ERDOGAN MEETS WITH AL-ASSAD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after laying foundation of the Friendship Dam to be built by Turkey and Syria on the River Asi. The two leaders expressed their desire that bloodshed would come to an end in Egypt soon.

WONDERFUL CLOSING
A splendid ceremony took place in the eastern province of Erzurum for the closing of the 25th Winter Universiade Games. Turkey hosted winter games for the first time in its history.

VATAN
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DEATH TOLL INCREASES TO 20 IN OSTIM
The Governor's Office in Ankara said that search-and-rescue efforts were called off after Thursday's blasts in the province's industrial districts. The office said that death toll from two blasts was 20. "52 workers were injured in the blasts. 12 of them have still been in hospital," it said. Meanwhile, efforts were under way to identify eight bodies.

NEW FIRMS INCREASE IN ISTANBUL
Istanbul Chamber of Commerce said that number of newly opened firms increased 17 percent to 39,597 in Istanbul in 2010. In 2009, 33,753 firms were opened in the country's industrial heartland. Meanwhile, number of firms which were closed down, decreased 5.54 percent to 14,318 in 2010 from 15,158 in 2009.

CUMHURIYET
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MUTUAL FRIENDSHIP MESSAGES
A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the "Friendship Dam" to be constructed by Turkey and Syria. Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Syria aimed at getting concrete results in 6 matters until the end of 2011. Meanwhile, Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri described February 6 as a day of friendship with Turkey.
Prime Minister Erdogan later proceeded to Syria's Aleppo city and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mobarak and developments in Egypt were on the agenda of the meeting between the two officials.

SUPPORT TO ARMY
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached a consensus on Egypt. Stating that "economic problems" triggered the public movement in Egypt, Clinton said Egypt's major institutions such as the army and its strong assets should continue to exist in the upcoming term. Clinton said there were prestigious institutions which still maintained their influence in the country and they should be supported. The secretary said she had discussed such matter with Davutoglu.

RADIKAL
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JOINT CALL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met in Syrian city of Aleppo. Following the meeting, the two leaders said that Egyptian people's requests should be met. "We are determined to make more efforts to prevent new sufferings in the region. We hope that security and stability will be ensured in Egypt as soon as possible," the leaders said in a joint statement.

TURKEY TO BUILD A HOSPITAL IN SUDAN
State Minister Faruk Celik attended a ground-breaking ceremony for a hospital to be built by the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA) in Sudan. The hospital will have a capacity of 150 beds. A number of Turkish authorities were also attendance at the ceremony. 

HURRIYET
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AN INVITATION TO LIBERALS
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said about the recent row between the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and liberals that they would welcome liberals under the roof of the country's main opposition party. "Liberals have always criticized us. I call on them to look at the new CHP now. Who want democracy, freedoms, gender equality and honest politics in Turkey more sincerely? Come and join us. We are determined to remove all obstacles in front of democracy," he said.

DAM OF 45 MLN TL
A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the border region between Turkey and Syria for the Friendship Dam to be constructed by Turkey and Syria on River Asi. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Utri were in attendance at the ceremony.

MILLIYET
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DO WHAT IS NECESSARY
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan disclosed his message to Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu regarding the protesters who have recently displayed a (anti-Turkey) demonstration in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). "You should do what is necessary. Those people should be brought to justice," Erdogan told Eroglu in his message.

SIX GOALS WITH DAMASCUS
Prime Minister Erdogan sent warm messages to Syria as he attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the "Friendship Dam" to be constructed on River Asi in Turkey's southern Hatay province. "We want this region to become the 'pole star' of the world in the future just like it had been in the past," Erdogan said. Listing Turkey's common goals with Syria, the prime minister said the two countries aimed at building a customs gate at Nusaybin, establishing a joint bank, launching speed-train service and a joint natural gas network, as well as Turkish Eximbank's offering a loan to Syria and the dam constructed on River Asi.

SABAH
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SOLUTION IS TURKEY MODEL
Both a NATO College report and an analysis by the New York Times made the same comment: "Turkey Model" is essential for Egypt. For days, circles have been expressing the necessity of "Turkey Model" to achieve stability and peace in the Middle East. Most recently, two separate assessments defended the same thesis.
NATO Defense College, which trains NATO commanders and diplomats, said in a report that the Arab public opinion saw the Turkish regime as a model although such situation disturbed some parties. The report said Turkey was proud with its republic and democracy, openness to the world, strong economy and balanced foreign policy.
Moreover, an analysis by the New York Times said Egypt could draw lessons from Turkey. The paper said that Turkey, which had managed to unify Islam & democracy and built a strong economy, was a model that reformists in the Middle East could not even dream of for decades.

LESSONS SHOULD BE DRAWN FROM WHAT HAPPENED
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Sunday. Commenting on the incidents in Egypt during the meeting, Erdogan said lessons should be drawn from what had happened. President al-Assad said in his part that his country would intensify reforms.

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