TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 7

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 7, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 7

TURKIYE
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TURKEY IS THE BEST
Foreign rating organizations, politicians and investors eulogized Turkey's economy. OECD said among the 33 developed countries, Turkey has the strongest economy in 2010.
Turkey ranked among the most rapidly growing countries in 2010 with its economic performance. Foreign rating institutions and investors eulogized Turkey that got rid of the crisis that hit the world.

OUR TARGET IS INTERNATIONAL WINTER OLYMPIAD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government made around 500 million lira investment to eastern province of Erzurum for Winter Olympiad.
"Our next goal is international winter olympiad," Erdogan said.

PAPANDREOU TO RELAY FRIENDSHIP MESSAGES
Greek media focused on the visit of Greek Premier George Papandreou to eastern province of Erzurum. Greek prime minister will address 180 Turkish ambassadors.

ZAMAN
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MORE AND MORE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LEARNING OTTOMAN LANGUAGE
More and more people in Turkey are getting interested in learning the Ottoman language. Many foundations and associations are holding classes on the Ottoman language in Turkey.

ISTANBUL TO HOST NUCLEAR SUMMIT ON JANUARY 20-21
Turkish province of Istanbul will host the nuclear summit between the P5+1 countries and Iran on January 20 and 21. In case of a request, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will also participate in the summit.

YENI SAFAK
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LET YOU TELL US, AND WE SOLVE
President Abdullah Gul met representatives of student councils of 11 state and foundation universities in Ankara. Addressing students, Gul said, "let you freely tell about the problems and expectations of your friends, and we do what we have to do after listening to them."

SLEDGEHAMMER NOT MISSION, IT IS INTERVENTION
Criminal Court No:10 made a model decision regarding initiatives of Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case suspects Halil Ibrahim Firtina and Ozden Ornek. Firtina and Ornek tried to bring the case to the High Tribunal, saying that they were force commanders. However, the criminal court said, "the crime attributed to suspects were not related with their mission, and therefore we do not accept the request (of commanders to carry the case to the High Tribunal)."
 

VATAN
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IT CAN BE DONE IF DESIRED
The Criminal Department No:9 of the Supreme Court released top members of the Hizbullah terrorist organization, while the Department No:6 reached a verdict on all files in three months and closed the doors for release of suspects. In three months, the department no:6 made a decision about 1,500 suspects.

NORWEGIAN HERO
Doj Gjerstad, a Norwegian passenger who neutralized a person who wanted to hijack a Turkish Airlines (THY) aircraft en route from Oslo to Istanbul saying that he was carrying a bomb, is sharing his joy with his daughter. Gjerstad's daughter Johanna said she was not bewildered at his father's heroism. "He is a genuine sportsman. When he realized that the hijacker was drunk and mentally distorted, he searched for the right time and took action. Now, he is on holiday in South Africa, I am proud with him."

CUMHURIYET
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GUL'S SPECIAL GUESTS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday hosted a lunch for students from 11 Ankara universities at the Cankaya Palace. The students were representatives of student councils at respective universities.

TURKEY IS ALSO MY HOME, AFGHAN FM SAYS
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul was in eastern province of Erzurum to attend the Third Conference of Turkish Ambassadors. In a speech delivered, Rassoul said that he felt at home in Turkey among his brothers and sisters. "Turkey is also my home," Rassoul stressed.

RADIKAL
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THREE BOMB PANIC IN PLANES IN ONE WEEK
Following the bomb panic in Turkish Airlines (THY) plane en route to Oslo-Istanbul on Wednesday, similar scenes were seen in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Thursday. A bomb warning was made to Swiss Air plane that would fly from Istanbul to Zurich.
The security forces got alarmed after a passenger found a note writing, "there is a bomb in Swiss Air plane". No bomb could be found in searches.
A note had also been found last Sunday in a plane on its flight from TRNC to Istanbul.

PRESIDENT GUL LISTENS TO PROBLEMS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
President Abdullah Gul listened to the problems from the student council chairperson of 11 universities. Meanwhile, several other students gathered outside Cankaya Palace and listed their demands. Gul gave orders to police not to intervene in the students outside Cankaya Palace. He also wanted his Secretary General Mustafa Isen to talk to representatives of students.
 

HURRIYET
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IF THERE IS A MISTAKE, IT IS ALL OURS
Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek spoke to Hurriyet daily newspaper about recently released suspects. Cicek said, "we did not make these arrangements in a hidden way and the chairman of the Supreme Court was also involved. If there is a mistake, it is all ours." Cicek said, "we saw the biggest support from the Supreme Court regarding our arrangements, including the releases that have caused discussions. Every article was written together with people from relevant departments."

PREPARATIONS FOR OPENING CEREMONY
Erzurum (eastern province) is counting days for the 25th Winter Universiade to begin on January 27. Mustafa Erdogan (general art director) will organize the opening and closing ceremonies worth 11 million Turkish liras (TL). 5,000 outfits for athletes resistant to -20 degrees Celsius was produced in China. Altinboynuz company, which also served during the World Men's Basketball Championship in Turkey in 2010, will undertake the catering.

LUNCH AT PRESIDENTIAL RESIDENCE, PROTEST AT DOOR
President Abdullah Gul met heads of university councils of 11 Ankara universities at the Presidential Residence over a luncheon, whereas a group of protestors wanted to march to the residence. Gul told students during the luncheon that there were some illegal organizations with mala fides. "They are making use of chaotic atmospheres, and be aware of them and don't support them," Gul warned.

MILLIYET
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WE WILL SOLVE CYPRUS QUESTION EATING FISH ON THE BOSPHORUS
Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias relayed important messages regarding solution of Cyprus question through daily Milliyet. "I want to talk to President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even unofficially and explain them my solution vision."
"Let us eat fish with Gul and Erdogan on the Bosphorus. We will resolve the question with Erdogan," he said.
"Turkish troops in Cyprus are against UN conditions. Turkey should withdraw its troops from Cyprus," he added.

INTERNET TO HEZBOLLAH MEMBERS IN PRISON
Parliamentary Sub-Commission carried out an examination in prison in southeastern province of Diyarbakir on January 28, 2009. Prison Director said computer room was assigned upon the demand of Hezbollah member Iskender Tutar adding they were given education through internet. What the director has said was recorded in the report of the commission.
According to the report, 5 Hezbollah members entered internet in the computer room of the prison.

SABAH
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PRISON GUARD AT END OF 7 YEARS
The Turkish government has found a solution for the employment of contracted privates who have completed their tenure. According to a new arrangement, gendarmerie forces would be withdrawn from prisons and those contracted privates who have served for seven years will become prison guards. Former contracted privates will become permanent guards at Turkish prisons.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES TO PAPANDREOU
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Greek counterpart Georgios Andreas Papandreou in the eastern province of Erzurum on Friday. Erdogan will give messages to Papandreou to make the Aegean a sea of peace and to make the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Turkey and Greece more effective.
 

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