TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 17

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 17, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 17

TURKIYE
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WE PRODUCE SOLUTION FOR PEACE
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who left for Iraq, said, "an equation that does not include Turkey can not be thought of in the region."
Commenting on foreign policy aboard the plane, Davutoglu said, "we have never pursued prestige policy. Turkey produces solution formulas in every crisis. We are against division in the region. We can soften crisis by talking to parties."
Davutoglu opposed to the claims that efforts were underway to make Mavi Marmara to be forgotten and noted, "Israel will account for this."

ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO SYRIA FOR LEBANESE CRISIS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the week will travel to Damascus today. Erdogan will talk with Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Syrian President Bashar al-Asad about the steps that would be made for the solution of the political crisis.

ZAMAN
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DWELLING PRICES TO BE ATTRACTIVE IN 2011
Bank officials welcomed the initiative that limited dwelling loans with 75 percent. According to Halkbank's deputy director general Kavcioglu, the dwelling industry will grow and prices will be down this year.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES VISITING HOUSES FOR ID NUMBER
900,000 people still do not have an ID number written on their ID cards. The Interior Ministry asked the governors to find these citizens and warn them six months ahead of the general elections. Then, the headmen started to visit citizens who did not have their ID numbers written on their ID cards. Citizens who see headmen are first bewildered, but then promise to get new ID cards as soon as possible.

YENI SAFAK
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LEBANON SUMMIT IN DAMASCUS
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has cut short his visit to Baghdad. "We will travel to Syria together with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a summit meeting aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis in Lebanon," he said. Erdogan will join Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Damascus at the summit.

"WE DID NOT DESERVE IT"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to the ugly protests during opening of Galatasaray's new home stadium Turk Telekom Arena. "Galatasaray did not spend a dime for the construction of the stadium. Our investments in the stadium amounted up to 600 trillion TL. I absolve Galatasaray, but we did not deserve such a protest," he said.
 

VATAN
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FIRE-BOMB ON FIREBRIGADE TRUCK
A group of supporters of the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) has turned Istanbul into a battle field. They first gathered in Taksim Square to make a press release about the trial of PKK members in Diyarbakir. Later, they threw fire-bombs and stones on security forces. A fire-brigade truck was badly damaged after being hit by a fire-bomb. Police used teargas to disperse demonstrators.

SEVEN DEMANDS FROM ALEVI PEOPLE
Alevi people have converged to Ankara to attend their congress. They listed their demands from the government in the final statement. They demanded that the Madimak Hotel in Sivas where 37 people were burnt to death, should be turned into a museum. They also requested that those who are responsible for massacres in Corum, Maras and Sivas should be captured and brought to justice.

CUMHURIYET
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TURKEY INTERVENES FOR LEBANON
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey's priority was to prevent escalation of crisis. Davutoglu said Syria should participate in the international conference that would be organized. "Those who attend the meeting are generally supporting Hariri government. Thus, international community would be divided. Iran and Syria would remain on the other side. We want all the parties to be included in the process and this issue to be maintained over Saudi Arabia-Syria agreement."

QUARREL ON "ARENA"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted against protests in Turk Telekom Arena saying Galatasaray soccer club did not pay any "kurus" in construction of the stadium. Erdogan said, "the stadium was allocated to Galatarasaray and agreements of this will be made. It has not been made yet. I believe that Galatasaray community felt uneasy over what has been done."

RADIKAL
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ARENA CLOSED TO PROTESTOR
Galatasaray's chairman Adnan Polat said, "we will re-watch the police camera footage, and we will not allow those who protested the prime minister (during the inauguration of Galatasaray's new stadium) in the stadium."

JUDICIAL ORGANS BEHAVED QUICKLY THIS TIME
Vedat A. raped four kids in Istanbul's Alibeykoy district. The court asked the forensic medicine institute to prepare a report. The first report wrote that the rape "did not harm the psychological and physical health of the kids". Then, kids' lawyers opposed to the report, and the court asked the institute to prepare a new report. The forensic medicine said it could prepare the report six months later. Then, Bakirkoy 12th Criminal Court said the trial would take a long time, and did not wait for the report. The court sentenced the suspect to 58 years in prison on charges of "sexual exploitation through threats".
 

HURRIYET
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TRIPARTITE SUMMIT FOR LEBANON
Turkey is taking action to resolve the political crisis in Lebanon. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Syria today together with Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to hold an international conference about Lebanon.

"WE DID NOT DESERVE IT"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who left Galatasaray's new home stadium Turk Telekom Arena without watching the friendly game with Dutch Ajax after a group of fans of the soccer team protested him, "our investments in the stadium amounted up to 600 million TL. We did not deserve such a protest."

MILLIYET
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GUL'S TERM OF OFFICE SHOULD BECOME CLEAR
Economy Chief Adviser of Cankaya Palace Ahmet Erturk, commenting on the uncertainty regarding term in office of President Abdullah Gul, said, "this situation should be resolved. It is very inappropriate that this situation is discussed by the politicians. I know that Mr. Gul feels uneasy over the discussions. The president lives his life very limited and under control. Sometimes, I see that he is bored of this. First lady is interested in his health and apparel."

SHE WILL MEET WITH KILICDAROGLU
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bring something new and meet with Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during her scheduled visit to Turkey on February 7.
U.S. secretary of state rarely meets with opposition leaders in countries they visit. This makes the visit meaningful.

SABAH
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UNIDENTIFIED ARMORY
Many weapons and explosives were found in a scrap depot near a gendarmery headquarters in Aktutun region of the southeastern town of Semdinli. In a search on October 19, 2010, weapons, ammunition and explosives which were not listed as Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) belonging were found in a hut near the Aktutun First Gendarmery Border Squad Command Headquarters. The seized weapons were 18 Ak-47 (kalashnikov) rifles, three Kirikkale rifles, two bayonets, one RPG-7 rocket launcher, 273 gelatin dynamites, 26 cartridge clips, and 230 cartridges.

"TURKEY IS LEBANON'S CROSSROADS"
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu commented on the Lebanon crisis on his way to Baghdad, Iraq. Davutoglu said, "we do not want Beirut to be divided. Turkey is the crossroads, and there are expectations from us."
 

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