TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 8

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 8, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 8

TURKIYE
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ERDOGAN AND TALAT DISCUSS PROTESTS IN NORTHERN CYPRUS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who reacted strongly to the recent protests in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus discussed the matter with former Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat. Erdogan conveyed to Talat his uneasiness about the recent developments.

ARINC REGARDS BATUM'S REMARKS AS INSULT AGAINST TURKISH MILITARY
Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc criticised remarks of Suheyl Batum, Deputy Chairman of Republican People's Party, about the Turkish military. He said, "it's a direct insult against the Turkish Armed Forces. This is what he is thinking 'What are you waiting for? How come you have not overthrown the Justice and Development Party government yet?'"

ZAMAN
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DON'T DRAG TSK INTO POLITICS
General Staff replied via internet to Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman Suheyl Batum's remarks comparing the army to a "paper tiger". General Staff said in its statement that efforts to drag the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) into daily political discussions were observed with great sorrow. In the meantime, Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of Zonguldak has launched an investigation against Batum.

LAW READY, TURKEY'S SPACE JOURNEY TO BEGIN
Turkey has taken a step to catch up with developed countries in the field of space research. Turkish Transportation Ministry has prepared a draft law envisaging the establishment of "Turkey Space Institution" (TUK) that would carry out studies in an effort to protect Turkey's rights and interests in space. The draft law has been sent to the prime ministry. The space authority, which will be an autonomous institution administered by 8 people, will be given broad powers.

YENI SAFAK
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GOODBYE ROBERTO, WELCOME POLAT
Turkish TV series , which draw away the Brazilian series, are breaking rating records in the Middle East, Balkan countries and Turkish world. The highes demand for the series including Aci Hayat (Bitter Life), Asmali Konak (The Mansion with Vines), Kurtlar Vadisi (Valley of Wolves) and Yabanci Damat (Foreign Groom) are coming from Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.

DON'T MAKE POLITICS VIA TSK
General Staff responded to statements of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman Suheyl Batum who resembled the military to 'tiger made of paper'. It said, "politicians, who want to create public opinion in parallel with their own views, should be more careful with their statements about Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), and they should not make politics via military."

VATAN
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AFTER FOUR YEARS
Prosecutor's Office directly launched an investigation about 28 public officials, including former police chief of Istanbul Celalettin Cerrah and former chief of intelligence department Ramazan Akyurek, who were claimed to have neglect regarding the assassination of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink. For four years,family of Dink have been asking for the trial of state officials who had responsibility in the murder. The decision was finally made yesterday. Bureaucrats, who previously were not allowed to be investigated, will now be investigated with the crimes of murder in first degree due to negligent act and obfuscating the evidences.

DON'T INVOLVE MILITARY IN POLITICS
General Staff reacted to statements of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman Suheyl Batum (who said 'military was made of paper') and ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party deputy chairman Omer Celik (who said 'if we did not stand up during e-memorandum period, country would have turned into Egypt'). The General Staff said that it was following with concern the efforts of executives of two big parties to drag Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) into daily political debates.

CUMHURIYET
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TENSION CONTINUES
Reactions in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus against the austerity measures taken by the government, and the criticisms made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, still continue. Courts in Girne and Gazimagusa joined the ongoing strikes in the Land Office, Civil Registry and courts in Lefkosa, which have been launched upon the call of the Platform of Labour Unions.

CLOAK OF SECRECY IN DINK ASSASSINATION MAY COME DOWN
Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office launched an inquiry against over 30 officials including former Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler, Head of Police Intelligence Ramazan Akyurek, former Istanbul Police Chief Celalettin Cerrah, former Trabzon Police Chief Altay and former Commander of Gendarmerie in Trabzon Oz, to look into neglect and spoiling of evidence allegations in the Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink's assassination.

RADIKAL
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DON'T DRAG US INTO POLITICS
Turkey's General Staff replied to Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman Suheyl Batum's recent remarks calling the army a structure "made out of paper". General Staff said army's duty was to establish security.
Releasing an unusual statement hours before General Staff Chief Gen. Isik Kosaner's visit to CHP yesterday, the General Staff said, "We are deeply sad to see politicians' efforts to drag the Turkish Armed Forces, which fulfills its duties concerning security, into politics".

INTERVENTION TO JUSTICE AFTER 4 YEARS
An investigation was launched against 28 bureaucrats for acting with negligence in the murder of journalist Hrant Dink. As part of the inquiry launched 4 years after the murder, names such as Istanbul police chief of the time Celalettin Cerrah, Istanbul governor of the time Muammer Guler and Chief of Intelligence Department of the time Ramazan Akyurek will be investigated. 

HURRIYET
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DINK QUESTIONING TO PROTOCOL
A chief public prosecutor with special authority from Istanbul has launched an investigation against more than 30 state officials on the charge of "organized crime" in connection with journalist Hrant Dink's murder.
European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Turkey shall pay a compensation of 133,000 Euros for not having fulfilled its responsibility to protect Hrant Dink's life. Attorneys of Dink family asked the prosecutor's office to implement such decision for 28 public officials.
As the investigation launched by the prosecutor's office points to "organized crime", no investigation permit was needed for the Istanbul governor and police chief, the intelligence chief and Trabzon police department head of the time.

LETTER POSTED TO THE ADDRESS "MERSIN 10, TURKEY"
Some labor unions from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) held a demonstration in Lefkosa to protest Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent remarks about TRNC. The group went to the Turkish embassy to send a letter to the Turkish premier, however, officials at the embassy told the protesters that the letter should be sent via postal services. Upon such development, representatives of labor unions decided to write down on the letter the address "P.O.Box Mersin 10, Turkey", once created by Turkey due to TRNC's not being acknowledged in the international arena.

MILLIYET
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WARNING TO ISRAEL NOT TO INTERVENE IN EGYPT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who made assessments about the decelerated civil riot in Egypt, also made important warnings. Erdogan said, "it is very important that Israel does not take action and speak. I also talked with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and told him that he had responsibilities about the issue. Israel should not be involved in and intervene in this process. I also told this to U.S. President Barack Obama. Any intervention by Israel provokes and affects the process negatively."

MESSAGE FROM CAIRO: DON'T INTERVENE IN OUR DOMESTIC AFFAIRS
Egyptian Ambassador in Ankara Abdurrahman Selahaddin met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday and conveyed a letter from his government. The ambassador also diplomatically told Davutoglu that statements of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan --who asked Egyptian President Mubarak to withdraw-- were considered as an intervention in domestic affairs of Egypt which created uneasiness.

SABAH
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GULER AND CERRAH TO BE INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE NEGLECT IN DINK CASE
An investigation was opened to look into neglect allegations in assassination of Hrant Dink, regarding 28 officials including, former Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler and former Istanbul Police Chief Celallettin Cerrah. Head of Police Intelligence Department Ramazan Akyurek is among those who will be investigated.

GENERAL STAFF REACTS TO CHP
General Staff reacted to the remarks of Republican People's Party Deputy Chairman Suheyl Batum who said, "They took down the whole army. It appears it was a paper tiger all along, but we mistook it for an army."
General Staff said, "it is rather saddening to see those politicians who seize every opportunity to say the Turkish military should stay out of politics, are attempting to draw the military into politics."

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