TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 5

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 5, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 5

TURKIYE
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PLENTITUDE OF POLITICAL PARTIES
There are currently 60 political parties in Turkey. An important number of them cannot even enter elections. There is a political party inflation in Turkey where general elections will take place on June 12. Nearly 34 political parties will not join elections as they could not get organized in the general of the country. Most of these parties are working like foundations.

JOB ADVERTISEMENTS UP 50 PERCENT
According to job and human resources web-site "yenibiris.com", the rate of job advertisements increased 50 percent in 2010 when compared to 2009 during the global economic crisis was felt significantly. Experts said that search for employees was a sign of the end of crisis.

PROMOTION OF THREE GENERALS IMPOSSIBLE
National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul spoke for the first time about two generals and one admiral who were temporarily lashed off but were shed green light for their promotions by military court. Gonul said, "promotion is impossible as long as suspension continues".

ZAMAN
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NO PROMOTION FOR GENERALS SUSPENDED BY GOVERNMENT
Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said three generals, who were suspended by the government due their alleged connection to a military coup attempt, cannot be promoted despite a ruling by a military court in favor of promoting the generals. "As long as they are suspended they cannot be promoted," Gonul said. The three generals were suspended by the government for their involvement in what is publicly came to be known as "the Sledgehammer case," an alleged plot back in 2003 for a military takeover.

INTRNATIONAL UNIVESITY WINTER GAMES TORCH IN ANKARA
The 2011 Winter Universiade torch arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara. Athletes carrying the torch were greeted by Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag at a ceremony in Ankara. Olympic and world champion woman weightlifter Nurcan Taylan attended the ceremony and carried the torch for a while. The torch was ignited in Istanbul on December 8. It will tour 19 provinces of the country and arrive in the eastern province of Erzurum which will host the 25th Winter Universiade from January 27 to February 6.

YENI SAFAK
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IF PROBLEM ENDS, BDP TO END AS WELL
Speaking at his party's group meeting, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) was a structure that had appeared due to existing problems. "BDP displays all the efforts to provoke the situation and hinder the solution of the matter because it sees that its tools for exploitation disappear as the problem is solved," Erdogan said. The prime minister also noted that steps taken by BDP did not aim at seeking any rights.

HERE COMES KARAYEL
Turkey's Vestel Defense Corporation has signed a contract with the Turkish Defense Industry Undersecretariat to develop a fully Turkish-designed unmanned aerial vehicle for the Turkish Armed Forces. The unmanned aerial vehicle named "Karayel" will be in service in two years time.
Commenting on the cooperation, Turkish National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said, "Turkey's dependency on foreign manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles has ended".
 

VATAN
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BE CAREFUL, IT'S FREEZING TODAY...
Turkey will freeze for the next three days due to extreme cold weather. Temperature will drop to one degree. It will snow in Tekirdag, Bursa, Bilecik, Kutahya, Bolu, Corum provinces and high regions. However, the temperature will rise 7-8 degrees with the sunny weather in the weekend.

PLANE CRASHES, TWO PILOTS SURVIVE
A training plane, which took off from the western province of Izmir, broke down in the air. Pilot captain Sezai Demirel and pilot lieutenant Burak Yorulmaz changed the direction of the plane, which was about to crash on a village, towards a garden. The plane was scrapped, while pilots survived with minor injuries.

WE ARE TAKING BACK TEXTILE FROM CHINA
Turkey's textile export, which rose to 14.6 billion USD in 2010, began the new year fast. Giant brands like Adidas, Nike and GAP preferred Turkey when prices rose 30 percent in China.

CUMHURIYET
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OBJECTION TO ISRAEL IS POLITICAL
Wikileaks has leaked a former U.S. ambassador's remarks on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance on Israel. In a crypto he wrote in 2009, former ambassador James Jeffrey said that the worsening situation in Turkish-Israeli relations stemmed from Erdogan's efforts to attract the rightist circles within his political movement. The message was written months before the Mavi Marmara attack which affected the relations between Turkey and Israel deeply.

NEW VACCINE IN CHP YIELDS TO POSITIVE RESULTS
A recent political survey revealed that Kemal Kilicdaroglu has received acceptance within Republican People's Party (CHP). The survey said Justice and Development (AK) Party would get 45.3 percent of votes, while CHP would become the second party with 30.7 percent and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would be ranked the third with 14 percent if elections were held today.

RADIKAL
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TURKISH HEZBOLLAH SET FREE
Several operatives of the Turkish Hezbollah -- a Sunni Islamist terrorist organization with no ties to Lebanese Hezbollah -- was released from prison on Tuesday after an amendment to the country's criminal procedures law entered into force on December 31, which orders for the release of suspects who have stood trial with arrest for over five years. Eighteen suspects who have stood trial since July 2000 in the Hezbollah case were set free including leaders such as Edip Gumus and Hacı Inan, who are charged with murdering 103 people by burying them alive.

VILLAGE GUARDS DUE IN GENERAL STAFF
A delegation of fifteen village guards, government paid local paramilitary groups in Turkey, are set to hold meetings at the Turkish General Staff on Wednesday to convey their problems. Others are expected to arrive in Ankara next week with scheduled appointments at the Prime Ministry and Interior Ministry. In Turkey, there are over 60 thousand village guards and they cost 250 million Turkish liras to government each year.

 

HURRIYET
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BIG AWARD TO TURKISH RESEARCHER
Ataman Sendol (33), a Turkish molecular biologist who studies cancer in Microbiology Department of Zurich University, was named as one of three regional winners of "the Young Life Scientist 2010 Prize" which was awarded jointly by GE Healthcare and the American weekly magazine Science.

CALL TO HSYK: DO WHAT IS NECESSARY
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu assessed the recent releases from prisons during his party's group meeting yesterday. He said that 10-year arrest term was unacceptable. Kilicdaroglu also called on Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to undertake its responsibility and duty, and do what was necessary to do.

THREE WEEKS MILITARY SERVICE FOR 38,000 POLICEMEN
Interior Minister Besir Atalay gave the second good news to policemen: a total of 38,415 policemen --36,213 of whom have not made military service yet and 2,202 of whom are currently making military service-- will be considered to complete their military service after three weeks of training.

MILLIYET
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GUL: I WAS SURPRISED AND SORRY
In a statement to Milliyet daily, Turkish President Abdullah Gul commented on Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli's harsh remarks on his recent visit to southeastern province of Diyarbakir. "I was very surprised with his tone," Gul said. Bahceli earlier criticized Gul for "legitimizing ethnical separatists".
Speaking to Milliyet, Gul's press advisor Ahmet Sever said, "Mr. President was very surprised with Mr. Bahceli's statements and he felt sorry. He was particularly sad that a party chairman could not see the president's efforts aiming at strengthening commitment to state in Diyarbakir".

WE HAVE EXCEEDED 1 TRILLION TL THRESHOLD, ERDOGAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had grown by 8.9 percent in average in the first 9 months of 2010. "We had closed 2009 with a GDP figure of 953 billion Turkish liras (TL). I proudly announce that we have exceeded the psychological threshold of 1 trillion TL in 2010," Erdogan said.

SABAH
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ERDOGAN CRITICIZES BDP FOR TRYING TO HINDER SOLUTION TO KURDISH ISSUE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday fired a salvo of harsh criticisms against Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), accusing it of trying to prevent a solution to the Kurdish issue. "Their plan is to hinder the solution. Let me put it straightforwardly: This attitude is an attitude to gain political capital out of tears of the mothers, sufferings of the fathers and the blood of our young people," Erdogan told his Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmakers in a meeting at parliament.

LEADERS OF TURKISH HEZBOLLAH FREE
Senior operatives of the Turkish Hezbollah was released from prison on Tuesday after an amendment to the country's criminal procedures law -- entered into force on December 31 -- which orders for the release of suspects who have stood trial with arrest for over five years. Suspects of the Turkish Hezbollah case were tried for murdering over a hundred people including writer Konca Kuris and Mehmet Sincar.
 

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