TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 18

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 18, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 18

TURKIYE
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TURKISH TROOPS PROTECT PEACE IN 3 CONTINENTS
Turkish troops have become guarantor of peace in three continents. Turkish troops have assumed critical roles in regions of war and internal clashes. Units from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are presently serving in Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Albania, Timor, Somalia, Sudan, Palestine, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States, Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan.

TURKEY'S AGENDA WITH IRAQ BECOMES ECONOMY
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the number of Turkish companies operating in Iraq is rapidly increasing. "Turkey and the Gulf are rising economies of the world. Iraq will be a bridge between Turkey and the Gulf region," Davutoglu said. He added that the topic of security is being discussed less and less with Iraqi officials.

ZAMAN
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DAMASCUS SUMMIT EXTENDS SUPPORT TO STABILITY OF LEBANON
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on recent political developments in Lebanon at a summit held in Damascus on Monday. Leaders attending the summit decided to extend support to Lebanon for the stability of the country.

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED IN TURKEY GOES DOWN 398,000 IN OCTOBER
Turkey's statistics authority, TurkStat, said that the amount of unemployed people in Turkey went down to 11.2 percent in October, 2010. In October, the number of unemployed people in Turkey went down 398,000 when compared to the same term in the previous year.

YENI SAFAK
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FORMER TOP SOLDIER REPORTEDLY FOILS PLOT TO SPLIT UP TURKISH GOVERNING PARTY
Turkey's ex-top general, Hilmi Ozkok, had foiled a plot to split the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, according to a recently published book written by journalist Adem Yavuz Arslan. Arslan claims in his book that Ozkok had re-assigned Colonel Hasan Atilla Ugur, the alleged mastermind of the plot and suspect in the Ergenekon case, who reportedly planned to disassociate a group of lawmakers from the AK Party.

COURT SENTENCES FORMER MEDIA MOGUL TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
A court in Turkey sentenced Dinc Bilgin, an ex-media mogul, to four years and ten months behind bars on charges of embezzlement in connection with the Etibank case. His son, Sevket Onay Bilgin was sentenced to three years and two months in prison for the same charges.
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VATAN
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WIFE OF SLAIN JOURNALIST FILES PETITION AGAINST FORMER GOVERNOR, POLICE CHIEF
Rakel Dink, wife of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, has filed a petition against 28 people including Istanbul's former governor Muammer Guler, now head of the newly founded Public Security Undersecretary, as well as former Istanbul police chief Celalettin Cerrah, former Trabzon police chief and former head of police intelligence unit Ramazan Akyurek as well as Trabzon's former gendarmery commander Ali Oz, accusing them of premeditated murder and being a member to a terrorist organization. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Turkey failed to carry out an effective investigation into the killing of the Turkish-Armenian journalist, who was shot dead on January 19, 2007 outside the offices of his weekly Agos.

EUROPE'S BEST BUDGET PERFORMANCE IN TURKEY
Turkey ran a budget deficit of 39.6 billion Turkish liras in 2010, achieving the best budgetary performance in Europe. Turkey's deficit-to-GDP ratio dropped to 3.6 percent. The same figure in Britain was 11.4 percent and it was 7.5 percent in France.

CUMHURIYET
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WIKILEAKS CABLES: TURKEY ALLOWED U.S. TO USE AIRBASE FOR RENDITION FLIGHTS
According to Wikileaks cables, Turkey has let the Unites States to use Incirlik airbase as a refueling stop in the extraordinary rendition of suspects to Guantanamo Base since as early as 2002. The latest disclosure of the diplomatic cables was published by the German daily, Die Welt, and it was written by the then U.S. Ambassador in Turkey, Ross Wilson.

MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY SETS OWN TARGETS IN ECONOMY
Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party has announced a new economic program, setting out its own targets to pursue if it comes to power. The new program promises 700 thousand new jobs each year to reduce the jobless rate to six percent in 2023, the centennial anniversary of the foundation of modern Turkey, as well as paying 600 Turkish liras [around 400 U.S. dollar] to the poor a month.

RADIKAL
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SARKOZY SENDS ERDOGAN LETTER TO SOLVE POLITICAL CRISIS IN LEBANON TOGETHER
French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offering Erdogan cooperation to solve the political crisis in Lebanon. Erdogan received Sarkozy's invitation warmly and asked France to determine a date for a meeting to be attended by leaders of seven countries on Lebanon.

THE GUARDIAN'S ASH SAYS TURKEY TO BECOME AN EU MEMBER SOONER OR LATER
A columnist for The Guardian, Timothy Garton Ash, said that he did not believe there was a shift of axis in Turkey's foreign policy and that Turkey turned its back on the European Union (EU). Ash told the Turkish daily RADIKAL that Germany and France's attitude was temporary. "Turkey will become an EU member sooner or later," Ash underlined.
 

HURRIYET
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TURKISH, SYRIAN, QATARI LEADERS MEET, DISCUSS HOW TO HANDLE LEBANON CRISIS
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and Qatari Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on Monday held a meeting in Damascus over a new political crisis in Lebanon which has seen Hezbollah withdrawing support from Saad Hariri's government to force him to step down. The three leaders agreed to seek Syrian and Saudi Arabian mediation between Hariri and Hezbollah. In related news, a pro-Hezbollah TV channel revealed a voice recording that reportedly belonged to Saad Hariri speaking to a UN investigator and accusing Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri. Hezbollah has asked Saad Hariri to reject any ruling by the UN tribunal and state that the government would not arrest those the tribunal indicted.

JOBLESS RATE DOWN TO 11.2 PERCENT
Turkey's statistics authority on Monday put unemployment rate for October at 11.2 percent which marked a 1.8 point drop over the previous month. The number of the employed surged by 953 thousand in October to reach 2,901 thousand. The number of the jobless dropped by 398 thousand over the previous month.

MILLIYET
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ERDOGAN REFERS TO TURKEY AS ROBUST MAN OF EUROPE
In an article he wrote for the weekly U.S. magazine Newsweek, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to Turkey as the "Robust Man of Europe". Erdogan said that Turkey was no longer a country begging to enter the European Union (EU). Erdogan said that Turkey was a rising power.

GRADUATES OF ISLAMIC DIVINITY HIGH-SCHOOLS MAY BECOME POLICE OFFICERS
A draft law submitted to the Turkish Parliament opens the way for graduates of Islamic divinity high-schools to become police officers. Under the current laws and regulations, graduates of Islamic divinity high-schools can not become police officers.

SABAH
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NICE SURPRISE ABOUT BUDGET DEFICIT
Turkey's budget deficit shrank 25 percent in 2010 and was recorded as 39.6 billion Turkish Liras (TL). In 2010, budgetary expenses were recorded as 293 billion TL while budgetary income were recorded as 254 billion TL.

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED GOES DOWN 398,000 IN OCTOBER
The percentage of unemployed people in Turkey went down 11.2 percent in October 2010 when compared to the same term in the previous year. In October, the number of unemployed people went down 398,000 to 2,901,000.
 

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