TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 1

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 1, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 1


TURKIYE
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ERDOGAN: TARGET 2023
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they wanted to make Turkey one of the biggest 10 economies of the world in the year 2023, the year that would mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. "In 2023, we want income per capita in Turkey to reach 25,000 USD," Erdogan also said.

THE BEST TRADEMARK
Turkey's products, with trademark "Made in Turkey", are being sold, bought and tasted in all corners of the world and in more than 200 countries. Turkey broke a record in foreign trade in 2010. Turkish companies exported goods worth 113 billion USD in 2010.

PKK ABDUCTS 700 CHILDREN IN DIYARBAKIR
Terrorist organization PKK has abducted 700 children in south-eastern province of Diyarbakir in about a year. PKK has taken these children to Mount Qandil and used them in staging attacks on Turkish targets or in illegal drug trafficking.

ZAMAN
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THIS LOVE IS FOR STATE, COUNTRY AND NATION
Turkish President Abdullah Gul's two-day visit to southeastern Diyarbakir province was full of demonstrations of love and messages of unity. Gul said public's interest was the reflection of "love for state and nation".
"We are brothers for a thousand years. We will make this bond live forever," the president said.

COUP ATTEMPTERS UNDER SLADGEHAMMER, DEMOCRACY WINS AT BALLOT BOX
2010 has been a turning point for Turkish democracy. Taraf daily's "Balyoz (Sladgehammer)" headline paved the way for Turkey's biggest coup case, while the plan, which consisted of a series of bloody actions, was on the country's agenda for months. Turkey also held a historic voting on the anniversary of the military coup of September 12. During the referendum held on September 12, 2010, the nation lifted the obstacles in front of democracy.

YENI SAFAK
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BIGGEST AID TO PAKISTAN
Turkey's biggest aid to Pakistan to date is on its way to this country in the ship "Defne". The ship is carrying 4,800 tonnes of aid materials to Pakistan after the recent deadly floods. The aid materials include health, food, house, construction and agricultural materials.

57,000 CONVICTS TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON IN 2011
Thousands of convicts and their family members have entered 2011 with good news. A new arrangement in Turkish criminal laws would help release at least 57,000 convicts from prisons in 2011.

VATAN
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THEY ARE GOING AT LAST
Turkish prosecutors investigating the "Deniz Feneri" case, which was closed by Germany 27 months ago on the grounds that "actual perpetrators were in Turkey", will finally go to Frankfurt on Monday to examine the files on the case.
The correspondence between Turkey and Germany regarding the "Deniz Feneri" case lasted for months. The ruling on the case could be translated in 6 months. All files were requested from the court in Frankfurt 10 months ago, however, such request was cancelled as Germans said that making copies of 700 files would cost nearly 100,000 EUR and Turkey should pay it. Now, three Turkish prosecutors will go to Frankfurt to examine the relevant files on-site.

TURKEY IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR OBAMA
White House spokesperson Mike Hammer commented on the Turkish-U.S. relations in 2010 in an interview with Vatan daily. Hammer said U.S. President Barack Obama believed that Turkey was a rising power whose influence was getting stronger. The U.S. president also considered Ankara as an ally that would help USA overcome common problems, Hammer said.

CUMHURIYET
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LET US AVOID TENSION, PRESIDENT GUL SAYS
On his second day at the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir, Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The representatives of the NGOs requested from President Gul to make Kurdish language part of the education in schools. President Gul said that administrators must be careful with their remarks that may cause tension in the society.

CHP LEADER KILICDAROGLU VISITS TURKISH CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF
Chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu visited the Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner on Friday. Kilicdaroglu's meeting with Gen. Kosaner took place at the General Staff headquarters in Ankara. The meeting took place at a time when "two languages" and "autonomy" in Turkey are being debated.

MESSAGES OF UNITY
In messages issued for the new year, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and leaders of political parties all emphasized unity and brotherhood in Turkey. Co-chairs of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) said that the year 2011 will be the year of "peace and solution".

RADIKAL
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THIS IS HOW 2011 WILL BE
New year's most intense agenda item for Turkey will be the elections to be held in June. The question we are curious about the most is "Who will come out of the ballot box with victory?".
On the other hand, European Union has three fears for 2011. These are economic problems, objection to immigrants and rising of Islamophobia.
As for economy, 2011 will be a year of "cautious optimism".

"BAG LAW" HAS EVERYTHING
According to the "Bag Law" on public receivables, social security and health, unpaid tax debts will be paid back in 36 instalments and the monetary fine to be imposed on referendum boycotters will be cancelled. The law also allows those who had been expelled from school after the September 12 coup to resume their education, and civil servants who become fathers to be on parental leave for two years.


HURRIYET
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ANKA REACHES SKY
Turkey's unmanned aerial vehicle "ANKA" has successfully reached the sky the other day. "ANKA" was made possible by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) after an intensive work of five years.

ARENA WITH THREE RELIGIONS
Galatasaray soccer club's new stadium "Turk Telekom Arena" will have a mosque, church and a synagogue for those who want to pray before, during or after games. The Arena will be used by Galatasaray as of January 15.

GREEKS PREFER ZIRAAT BANKASI FOR LOANS WITH LOW INTEREST
A weekly Greek newspaper wrote that many Greeks have preferred Turkey's Ziraat Bankasi for receiving loans with low interest rates. Ziraat Bankasi have branches in Athens and Komotini. Greece is in an economic crisis.

TURKISH PARLIAMENT ADOPTS 148 NEW LAWS
The Turkish Parliament adopted 148 new laws in 2010. Turkish parliamentarians had submitted 189 draft laws throughout the year.

MILLIYET
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AFTER 853 DAYS
Three prosecutors, investigating the association Deniz Feneri e.v.'s connection with Turkey, will go to Germany 2.5 years after the launching of the investigation. Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has finally given a positive reply to Ankara Public Prosecutors Nadi Turkaslan, Abdulvahap Yaren and Mehmet Tamoz's demand to collect evidence and question people in Germany. The prosecutors will go to Germany on Monday and examine hundreds of files.

WE SHOULD WATCH EVERY SENTENCE OF OURS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with representatives of NGOs on the second day of his visit to southeastern Diyarbakir province. During the gathering, NGO representatives, who demanded Kurdish to be an elective course at schools, complained that "the emphasis put on single nation was perceived as the denial of the ethnical identity living in the region".
Commenting on the issue, Gul said, "We have a great sensitivity within the public. We should all be careful with the language we use and the sentences we make".

SABAH
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OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS TURKISH, MOTHER TONGUE IS FREEDOM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave important messages in his hometown Guneysu, Rize. Erdogan said that Turkey would discuss its new constitution in 2011. The prime minister also said Turkish was Turkey's official language, however, everybody was free to use his/her mother tongue.

TURKEY IS WINNER, EUROPE IS LOSER OF 2010
The recovery tendency that had started in the last quarter of 2009 speeded up in 2010 and Turkish economy made a u-turn from the crisis. Latest figures brought Turkey the title "healthy man of Europe".
The high performance in growth had its reflections in unemployment figures as well. Turkey offered the highest number of employment opportunities in the world in 2010. However, as precautions against hot money were late, current account deficit became a problem again.

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