TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 21

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 21, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 21

TURKIYE
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TURKEY-ARGENTINA RELATIONS ROOTED
Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at Cankaya Presidential Palace yesterday. Noting that the relations between Turkey and Argentina were rooted in the history, Gul said that the sincerity between the two countries began with the "mutual recognition agreement" which was signed during Ottoman period 100 years ago.

WE'LL BUILD HOUSE AND GET OIL
Venezuelan Minister of Energy and Petroleum Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno said that they would give oil to Turkey in exchange of the houses which would be built by Housing Administration of Turkey (TOKI). Also, Tanzania invited TOKI to make a joint project.

ZAMAN
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JURISDICTION SHOULD BELONG TO NATION, NOT TO IDEOLOGIES
Speaking at the general assembly of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted harshly to Council of State's decision on headscarf issue. Erdogan said there were no regulations on clothing neither in the constitution nor in laws, and therefore, the headscarf ban was "unlawful". The prime minister also noted that arbitrary decisions wounded people's conscience. "This is how jurisdiction is politicized," he said.

CHP LEADER SUPPORTS COUNCIL OF STATE'S HEADSCARF BAN
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu expressed support for Council of State's headscarf ban concerning the Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Exam (ALES). Replying to questions of reporters in eastern Erzurum province, Kilicdaroglu said everybody should respect jurisdiction's decision. "We have no chance to object to it," he said.

YENI SAFAK
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COUNCIL OF STATE HURTS CONSCIENCE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly reacted to the decision of Council of State preventing the application to Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Exam (ALES) wearing headscarf. Erdogan said, "Council of State hurt the conscience with this decision and violated universal legal norms."

U.S. AMBASSADOR RICCIARDONE IN ANKARA
The new United States Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone, has arrived in Turkish capital of Ankara. Ricciardone said, "it is nice to be in Turkey again after 32 years."
 

VATAN
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BARGAINING OF OCALAN WITH STATE
For a long time, Abdullah Ocalan has been having talks with the delegation that came to Imrali on behalf of the state. However, it was stated that the talks locked as Ocalan insisted on "house arrest".
Ocalan said, "we may start to talk about ceasefire and laying down of arms only if house arrest starts. Otherwise, I will not attend the talks after March."
Ocalan wants to serve his imprisonment terms in a "safe house that will be determined by the state". Under the law on Execution Sentences, those over the age of 65 and those who were sentenced to imprisonment terms not more than 6 months make use of house arrest.
Ocalan does not bear the conditions for house arrest as he is 61 years old and sentenced to heavy life sentence.

A TURK IS IN TABLE OF GIANTS
Chinese President Hu Jintao was welcomed with a ceremony in the White House. A limited number of high ranking executives were invited to the dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama. The only Turk in the dinner was CEO of Coca Cola Muhtar Kent.
Michelle Obama, Hu Jintao, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton were at the table of Kent.

CUMHURIYET
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ARGENTINE GUEST AT PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrived in Turkey on a formal visit. Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that 200,000 Ottomans migrated to Argentina from 1890 till 1913, adding that Turkey and Argentina had relations rooted in history.

MONICA BELLUCI IN "HAREM"
Famous actress Monica Belluci will play the role of Turhan Hatice Sultan in Turkish-Italian joint movie "Harem". The movie is expected to be displayed by the end of the year.

LEBANESE OFFICIALS ON THEIR OWN NOW
Following Saudi Arabia, foreign ministers of Turkey and Qatar also stopped their mediation role to solve the government crisis in Lebanon as there are reservations towards their proposals. It was learned that Hezbollah brought new conditions and asked the priorities to be changed.

RADIKAL
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NO NEED FOR CONCERNS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who got into an "elimination" conflict with Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) prior to the referendum, addressed the "concerned moderns" at a meeting of the organization. "We will not intervene or we will not let anybody intervene in people's lifestyles," Erdogan said at the gathering.
"We are conservative, but we will not impose our personal opinions on anybody," Erdogan also said, noting that intervention in people's lifestyles meant oppression, cruelty and injustice.

NO CONCESSIONS IN DEMOCRATIC MOVE
Addressing Turkey's 81 governors, Prime Minister Erdogan gave the message that the democratic move, carried out under the name "National Unity and Brotherhood Project", would continue. Erdogan said that governors had the biggest responsibility to carry such project to success, and continued, "The process is going well at the moment. We will not make any concessions in this project," he said.
 

HURRIYET
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ALL THE BOSSES HERE
Speaking at a meeting of Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) yesterday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "All the bosses of the Turkish automotive sector are here at the moment. Let us manufacture our own automobile. You can do it either by yourself or by coming together".
Everybody was happy at yesterday's TUSIAD meeting. It was the first time Erdogan got together with TUSIAD members after the TUSIAD head's statement expressing her organization's "impartial" stance prior to the referendum and Erdogan's reply to her stating "Whoever is neutral, will be eliminated".

NUCLEAR SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
The second round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (5 permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States plus Germany) regarding Iran's nuclear program will begin in Istanbul today. The summit will last for two days.

MILLIYET
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ERDOGAN CALLS ON AUTOMOTIVE GIANTS TO MANUFACTURE NATIVE AUTOMOBILE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who addressed the general assembly meeting of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), called on automotive giants of the country to manufacture native cars.
Erdogan said time had come to produce a totally Turkish-made car.
Koc Holding's Executive Board President Mustafa Koc responded Erdogan's call. Koc said, "this seems impossible in technological means. We will do our best. But it is not like it seems from outside. There are some spare parts that are not possible to produce in Turkey. Even if it can be produced, it will be very expensive, it will not be economical."

TURKEY WITHDRAWS FROM LEBANESE PROCESS
Turkey, which launched initiatives to take part in efforts for the solution of crisis in Lebanon, has withdrawn from the process. The talks were actually started by Saudi Arabia and Syria but no result could be obtained.
Lastly, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talked to Hezbollah leader Nasrallah in a secret place.

"GRACIAS" TO EVA OF 2000'S
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrived in Turkey on Thursday and was welcomed by a military ceremony. Kirchner met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan made a gesture and seen off Kirchner saying "gracias" meaning "thank you" in Spanish.
Kirchner likens herself to Eva Peron, the legendary first lady of Argentina.

SABAH
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REVISION IN MIT
Hakan Fidan, Undersecretary of National Intelligence Agency (MIT), made a restructuring in the agency. According to the new arrangement, people --who speak foreign languages like their mother tongue, who were born and raised abroad, and who don't seem like a Turk-- will undertake missions in operational units of the agency.

ILLEGAL DECISION CRITICISM TO COUNCIL OF STATE
Criticising the decision of Council of State (which prevents wearing headscarf in examinations carried out by Student Selection and Placement Center, or OSYM), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "while there is no decision about clothing in the Constitution, this decision of the Council of State is illegal. This actually is politicising the jurisdiction."
 

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