TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 14

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 14, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 14

 

TURKIYE
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ERDOGAN REJECTS EARLY ELECTION RUMOURS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan defied allegations that the government would call early elections if an upcoming referendum in September over a government-backed constitutional reform package was turned down. "No one shall expect early elections. We have no such intention. I believe that our people will say 'Yes' and make this coup constitution history," Erdogan told his Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmakers at a meeting in the Turkish parliament.

SENIOR SOLDIER CHARGED IN TWO SEPARATE CASES
Colonel Albay Cicek, who is suspected of plotting a military takeover, has been charged in two separate cases. A civilian prosecutor demanded life-term for Cicek for "trying to destroy the democratic order by using force as a military prosecutor demanded six years behind bars for abusing his authority. The military prosecutor also demanded Cicek's dismissal from the army.

ZAMAN
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1.5 MLN DWELLINGS SOLD IN YEAR OF ECONOMIC CRISIS
According to figures of the Real Estate Investment Partnership Association, 1.5 million dwellings were sold in Turkey in 2009. 221,000 of them were in Istanbul.

WHAT UNKNOWN SOLDIER SAID BECOME TRUE: THEY WILL SAVE THEMSELVES GIVING CICEK
The military prosecutor's indictment regarding the dirty plan regarding which Dursun Cicek is being tried confirmed the unknown soldier who revealed the document with the genuine signature. All initiatives to save Cicek, which were listed in the denouncement, are occurring one after the other. The last part of the letter said Cicek would pave his way with the least punishment. The military prosecutor's office asked only six years imprisonment for Cicek, who could have faced life imprisonment.

YENI SAFAK
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TAKE CICEK, LET BIG ONES STAY
In the indictment of the "Fight Against Fundamentalism Action Plan" prepared by the Military Prosecutor's Office, nobody but Dursun Cicek was accused.
The indictment prepared by General Staff Military Prosecutor's Office made Colonel Cicek to pay all the cost of the "Coup Memorandum".
However, the person who wrote the advice letter about the memorandum earlier claimed that the plan was prepared by the directives of Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Hasan Igsiz.

BEST SELLER IN NEIGHBOR
Book of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, named "Strategic Depth", which was translated into Greek ranked in the top five among the best selling books in Greece.
Piotitat Publishing House executives said the book, sold for 30 euro, would be formally promoted in the autumn.
 

VATAN
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REPORT AND SIGNATURE GENUINE, INTENTION DIFFERENT
Here is the allegation of a military prosecutor regarding "plan to end the Justice & Development (AK) Party and Fethullah Gulen". A General Staff prosecutor found Dursun Cicek guilty regarding the "action plan on fundamentalism" that has been under discussion for 13 months. The prosecutor said, "he wanted to put the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in a difficult situation since he could not become an admiral, and he wrote the report without informing his superiors."

SEPTEMBER 12 RECOUNTER
Tension is escalating 59 days ahead of the referendum. When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) base, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli's response was very harsh. Bahceli said, "none of my friends, who love this nation, believe that these dishonest people who have made nationalist staff suffer for seven and a half years as much as a coup government."
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said the nation would not be deceived.

CUMHURIYET
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EUROPE UNINFORMED ABOUT PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, SENIOR JUDGE SAYS
Chief judge of Turkey's High Court of Appeals, Hasan Gerceker, has said he got the impression from a meeting with a senior German lawyer that Europe was "insufficiently informed" about a government-backed constitutional reform package. "The Turkish justice minister said the package was good. But we didn't see the actual texts of the amendments. Turkish government did not request an opinion," Gerceker quoted Thomas Markert, secretary of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, as telling the Turkish judge during a meeting.

ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY WORKERS ISSUE WARNING OVER COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Workers with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) is set to go on strike after their five-month-long collective bargaining ended in a deadlock. The workers posted a strike manifesto at the service headquarters of the IMM. Also hundreds of workers joined in a protest march on Tuesday.

RADIKAL
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IRAN DISCREPANCY AFTER TELEPHONE DIPLOMACY
Question marks appeared whether or not Turkey would continue its role which came up as mediator together with Brazil in solution of problems stemming from Iran's nuclear program.
The U.S. party leaked this message following telephone conversation between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton: Davutoglu accepted a demand for staying out of the nuclear matter related with Iran.
According to Turkish foreign ministry, Davutoglu said, "we will fulfill the requirements of neighborhood relations with Iran. We are loyal to the UN resolutions".
The same sources said Clinton's emphasis was, "time came for Iran to contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency and P5+1. Turkey will assume role in urging Iran to abide by the rules."

QUARELLS ON CONSTITUTION GET MORE SEVERE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while addressing his party group meeting, said "yes" vote will be given to constitutional amendment package in the referendum.
Erdogan said, "I believe that my people will bury the coup constitution to history. Nobody should wait for an early election. We have taken measures to prevent elections from making an impact on economy."
Main agenda of Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu was again referendum. "Target of the constitutional amendment is to seize the jurisdiction. This nation will not be deceived by it. We should say 'no' to civilian dictatorial constitution. This is not a government that brings freedoms."

HURRIYET
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PREMIER SCORNS CALLS TO SUSPEND MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST TERRORISTS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan severely rejected calls for the government to suspend military operations against the PKK in return for inaction from the terrorist organization. "Where on earth have you witnessed such a thing? We will not give any concessions in our fight against terrorism. It is the terrorist organization who should stop armed attacks," Erdogan said.

SENIOR DIPLOMAT SAYS U.S. HAS CLEARED FOR TURKEY AIR SPACE OVER NORTHERN IRAQ
The outgoing U.S. ambassador in Ankara, James Jeffrey, has said his country cleared the air space over Iraq's north for Turkey with a view to boost cooperation against the PKK. "We have made possible for Turkey to use different military platforms in Iraq. We are now more flexible in our military cooperation with Turkey," Jeffrey told an exclusive interview with daily Hurriyet's Sedat Ergin.

MILLIYET
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SPECIAL ARMY TO BORDER
Turkey will protect its borders against terrorism with a professional army of teams that will be specially trained. The team members will be assigned in the region for 5-10 years and later will be employed in the state institutions after being paid compensation.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan relayed important messages to Democratic Left Party (DSP) chairman Masum Turker whom he met yesterday.
150 new military posts will be established in the region soon and intelligence based on human beings will be given importance.

PROBLEMATIC POINTS REMAIN AS SAME
Umit Boyner, chairperson of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), said problematic sections in the constitutional amendment package remained as the same despite the intervention of the Constitutional Court.
Boyner said, "there are no changes in terms of increase in authorities of the president, politicization of the president's authorities and presence of justice minister in Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK)."
Boyner said the agenda would be "a new constitution" whether "yes" or "no" vote is given in the referendum.

SABAH
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I ASK NATION TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO MHP AND BDP
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "meeting with those who benefit from terrorism means supporting terrorism. My nation will give an answer to those who exploit martyrs."
Regarding his meetings with opposition leaders to discuss terrorism, Erdogan said, "we wish this nice dialogue picture would occur in every matter concerning Turkey. We have given a hand of dialogue to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), but it has not backed a cooperation. We have seen that the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) is the representative of the terrorist organization. My nation will give an answer to exploiters through democratic means."

"SOLUTION IS SOCIAL COMPROMISE"
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), spoke to daily Sabah and explained his strategy to counter terrorism. Kilicdaroglu said, "we are updating the 1989 report. We will make use of universities in the region. Terrorism should be solved through social compromise. The military has been charged to deal with the issue, however politics solves terrorism. If the prime minister asks us not to make public the issues he discusses with us, we will respect that."

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