TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 16, 2010. The World Buleltin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 16

 

TURKIYE
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COMMON STANCE AGAINST TERRORISM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu had their first ever meeting.
Harsh remarks between the ruling party and the main opposition were replaced by warm messages. Leaders discussed fight against terrorism and government's democratic initiative.
CHP leader said, "we are ready to back government to put an end to terrorism."

UNEMPLOYMENT GOING DOWN
Following good news on growth of Turkish economy, another promising statistic has been announced about unemployment. Due to growth in agriculture sector, unemployment rate dropped to 12 percent in April, 1.7 points lower than March. Jobless rate had been 14.9 percent in April 2009.

ZAMAN
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KILICDAROGLU PLEDGES SUPPORT TO PRIME MINISTER IN DEALING WITH TERRORISM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu at his office on Thursday.
Following the meeting, CHP chairman said his views and the prime minister's views were parallel in fight against terrorism.
Kilicdaroglu presented a five-item proposal to Erdogan including issues like lowering of election threshold and increasing job opportunities in the East.

UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 12 PERCENT
Following a 11.7 percent record growth in economy, a pleasing news has come regarding employment.
Turkey's unemployment rate dropped 2.9 points to 12 percent in April, 2010 when compared to April, 2009.
Besides this rapid betterment in unemployment, budget figures reaffirmed the positive course.
With the effect of rise in tax incomes and fiscal discipline, budget deficit dropped 33.5 percent in the first six months. Primary surplus exceeded 12 billion lira with a 200 percent rise.

YENI SAFAK
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TARGET ACHIEVED IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Unemployment figures of April, which was announced by TurkStat, showed that the recovery was continuing in economy. The unemployment rate, which had been 14.7 percent in April, 2009, dropped to 12 percent in April, 2010. The employment increased 1,803,000 and reached 22,501,000.

BLUE BABY AT HOME
Gaza's Seraj Abujaard, who had a heart failure by birth (blue baby syndrome), had been brought to Turkey and treated, and now completely recovered. Father Alam and mother Fatma of little Seraj --who is also called "blue baby"-- said, "you spared our life and our child. We will hang a Turkish flag in our house as the first thing when we return."

VATAN
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REASON FOR SPECIAL TEAM
The issue of "professional units" left its mark on the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
Erdogan said, "indignation occurs in the country when soldiers are martyred but mercenary soldiers will work knowing that they could face death."
In the 1.5-hour meeting, Kilicdaroglu made five proposals. Election threshold should be lowered, specially authorized courts should be abolished, investments should be made in the East, Turkey's Meat and Fishery Authority (EBK) should not be closed, and mine fields should be given to villagers.
Erdogan was not affirmative towards the demand regarding election threshold.

Q7 IGNITES BESIKTAS
Besiktas soccer team of Turkey defeated Vikingur of Faroe Islands 3-0 on Thursday in UEFA Europa League second qualifying round first leg in Istanbul.
Quaresma, newly transferred by Besiktas, ignited the fans and became the star of the field with his brilliant play.

CUMHURIYET
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NO SETTLEMENT ON ELECTION THRESHOLD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu at the parliament. Kilicdaroglu proposed lower election threshold, abolishment of special courts, new factories to be set up by the government in southeast Turkey, distribution of mine-cleared lands to local villagers.
Erdogan opposed to lowering of threshold arguing that it could re-open the era of coalitions, Kilicdaroglu said.
He has not said anything clear about the planned "special army," Kilicdaroglu added.

AKKUYU, SPECIAL REGION FOR RUSSIA
Parliament approved the agreement between Turkey and Russia which aims to build a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, in south of Turkey.
Under the agreement, Turkey will allocate the field to Russian project company for free.

FELICITY AT CROSSROADS
Following a stormy congress where chairman Numan Kurtulmus and supporters of founder leader Necmettin Erbakan were at odds, Felicity Party (SP) has now seen signs of parting ways. Erbakan did not made an appointment with Kurtulmus and he has also taken action for an extraordinary congress.

RADIKAL
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DAVUTOGLU: BARZANI HAS PUT A CLEAR DISTANCE AGAINST PKK
Information came from Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu regarding diplomatic dimensions of fight against PKK terrorist organization: "There has been a serious change in attitude of the administration in the north of Iraq since Turkey's land operation on May 1, 2008. Regional administration has put a clear distance against PKK. There are new preparations, and the delay in establishment of central government in Iraq affects it. The strongest part of our meeting with U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton was probably on the fight against terrorism issue."

LAW ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ADOPTED
The law --which approves the agreement between Turkey and Russia on establishment of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu hamlet in southern province of Mersin-- was adopted at Parliament with 215 against 26 votes. It was interesting that Justice & Development (AK) Party deputies Kursad Tuzmen, Zafer Uskul, Ali Er and Omer Inan from Mersin did not attend the voting.

HURRIYET
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AFTER 4 YEARS AND 5 DAYS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman 4 years and 5 days after his his first visit to CHP headquarters during opening ceremony of the building that took place on July 10, 2006.
Erdogan and Kemal Kilicdaroglu met to discuss terrorism. Following the 90-minute meeting, Kilicdaroglu said Erdogan told him about some private information which he could not unveil due to a request by Erdogan. Kilicdaroglu said it was not about a cross-border military operation.
On a planned special army to be formed to fight terrorists, Kilicdaroglu said he asked the status of the new unit, whether an affiliate of military or police.
"Mr. Prime Minister told me that they were working on it. I was surprised," Kilicdaroglu said.

HOPELESS ABOUT EUROPE
Following a Council of Europe report that head terrorist Abdullah Ocalan was not isolated in Imrali island, European Court of Human Rights rejected an application regarding trial process of Ocalan. The court turned down Ocalan's lawyers who asked for a new trial.

MILLIYET
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SPECIAL UNIT TO RELIEVE INDIGNATION
At the meeting which Turkey was waiting for impatiently, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu that, "professional units will relieve public conscience and prevent indignation."
Erdogan focused on importance of deploying professional units at the border and critical zones.
Underlining that it would not be possible to get favorable results with privates who are sent to the borders after a short term military training, Erdogan said death of soldiers caused indignation in public conscience.

DOORS OF ECHR CLOSED TO OCALAN
Last hope of Ocalan, who was striving to get a re-trial, exhausted. European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Turkey did everything in legal means and rejected the application.
Lawyers of Ocalan have been asking for re-trial for seven years basing on the decision of ECHR dated 2003 that a fair trial was not made.
However the exception in Article 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been preventing re-trial.

SABAH
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RECORD DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT
TurkStat stated that the unemployment rate dropped three points to 12 percent in April, 2010 when compared to April, 2009. The number of unemployed people decreased by 547,000 down to 3,000,000. Turkey provided employment for 1.8 million people in a year and became world's employment champion.

NEW ROAD MAP AGAINST TERRORISM
During their 1.5-hour meeting, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu reached a consensus on national strategy against terrorism. Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu agreed that terrorism should be taken up as a supra-party issue. Kilicdaroglu said, "we will extend support to government's healthy and consistent steps. We willingly make the required contribution."
 

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